Schaffer 2428 mini loader with removable ROPS/FOPS

At 26hp, the Schaffer 2428 mini loader is the most compact loader in Schaffer's Australian range. Engineered and built in Germany for Australian conditions, Schaffer's compact class loaders are renowned as best of breed.

Full Technical Specifications

Mini Loader 2428 Tech Spec
Diesel motor Kubota 3 cylinder
Output 19 kW (26 hp)
Operating weight with GP bucket & driver 1850 kg
Standard tyres 26x12.00-12 SKD/Turf
Ply rating 8 ply
Service brake Hydrostatic/mechanical
Parking brake: Mechanical drum brake
Auxiliary flow (options available) 14cc pump - 39 lpm
Working pressure 220 bar
Steering Articulated
Hydraulic lifting power 1500 kg
ISO 14397-1 operating loads with GP bucket
Static tipping load straight 1218-1354 kg
Static tipping load articulated 1020 kg
Operating load with GP bucket (50% artic tip load) 510 kg
Data with loading fork - centre of gravity 500mm
Static tipping load straight 1046-1222 kg
Static tipping load articulated with forks 850 kg
Payload according to EN474-3, 60%/80% 320/425 kg 520/680 kg
Payload 80%, transport position fully lowered, articulated -
Axles Original Schaffer Axles 5 bolt
Differential Star gear
Oscillation Articulation joint
Speed 12 km/hr
Gears Single speed
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Oil reservoir 30 litres


Mini Loader 2428


Axle Base (mm) 1375


Chassis length (mm) 2780


Total length with bucket (mm) 3530


Excavating depth (mm) 110


Maximum working height (mm) 3230


Max. bucket pivot point 2300


Max. loading height with pallet fork (mm) 2360


Dumping height - depends on bucket (mm) 1700


Samson post height (mm) 1490


Dump reach (mm) 260


Seat height (mm) 1055


Height with removable hardtop on (mm) 2090 (SLT from 1890)


Width over tyres (mm) 1250 (from 890mm)


Track arc inside (mm) 660


Track arc outside (mm) 1560


External radius with std bucket (mm) 1950

Features and benefits at a glance


Mini loader by Schaffer demonstrating 4 in 1 bucket, rippers, grab bucket, trencher, auger, pallet forks & more.

Mini loader in action with some customers and how they use them.

Mini loader in arboriculture and tree lopping work.

Features and benefits

About Schaffer mini loaders.

Schaffer mini loaders are considered the best in the world, so it's not surprising that the mini loader class is one of Schaffer's most successful loader series ever.

Engineered and manufactured in Germany, Schaffer mini loaders have been cleverly designed to perform in the tightest spaces.

With an overall width from just 1150mm (890mm with transport tyres), the Schaffer 2428 mini loader can enter previously inaccessible sites so that manual work can be mechanised.

Work can be done faster and more easily, which means vastly improved productivity and profitability for you and your business.

Hardtop 2428 and 2027 in action below

Who uses Schaffer mini loaders?

Schaffer mini loaders are improving productivity in agriculture, horticulture, landscape gardening, backyard earthworks, arboriculture, earthmoving, construction, mining, local councils and many other industries.

A wide range of equipment and attachments enables Schaffer loaders to be adapted for almost any task.

Designed and built with more muscle power.

Do you want the greatest breakout and lifting forces? Schaffer delivers.

Our expert engineers use the latest 3D computer-aided design, optimised by years of experience, to create the strongest mini loaders on the market.

Everything about them is heavy duty, giving you peace of mind that you have invested in an industrial build mini loader that is going to last and get the job done with an absolute minimum of maintenance.

Mini loader operating weights start at 1500kg, and the pins, rams, chassis and whole machine are made for years of smooth operation. It's quality German engineering all the way.

Mini Loader arm

Oscillating articulation joints for comfort and safety.

The Schaffer oscillating articulation joint is a unique proven system that Schaffer has used for over 25 years. It has two massive advantages - it aids traction by allowing all wheels to stay on the ground in rough terrain and improves operator comfort because it acts like a suspension system.

You're not bounced around every time you go over a bump, so you can work faster and more productively. And it's much easier on your back.

Another important benefit is that Schaffer's oscillating articulation joints are totally maintenance free. Doing away with daily lubrication dramatically reduces your workload.

In addition, Schaffer's exclusive oscillating articulation joints are a sealed system, so sand and dirt can't enter and turn the grease into a paste that will cause friction to wear down the joints.

In fact, the joints are virtually indestructible. That's why we offer you the longest factory warranty in the loader business on this component of three years or 3000 operating hours.

Mini Loader oscillating articulation joint.

Schaffer and Kubota - partners for 25 years.

Schaffer has worked in partnership with Kubota, the world's leading producer of water-cooled diesel motors under 100hp, for more than 25 years.

The excellent torque of a Kubota motor delivers exceptional performance - quiet, economical, fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

The newest generation of motors have been further improved with lower fuel consumption and emission levels. Kubota was the first manufacturer to meet the strict regulations on exhaust emissions in California - a measure of Kubota's green credentials.

A unique pre-chamber system means a motor can easily be converted to cold-pressed vegetable oil without a separate diesel fuel tank. Kubota motors are future-proof!

The long partnership between Kubota and Schaffer has advantages when it comes to service and spare parts. No other compact loader producer offers such reliable service.

Kubota motor.

Everything simply works with a joystick.

The Schaffer mini loader 2428 uses a Kubota diesel motor D1105 that transfers power to the hydrostatic drive and Schaffer axles to create the highest traction force.

All Schaffer loaders, including the mini loader range, have hydrostatic 4WD, so they can be operated very easily. Forward and reverse is simply changed with a switch on the joystick: select your direction and start smoothly with any load and accelerate to the maximum speed.

The outstanding ease of operation makes the mini loaders very manoeuvrable and allows the operator to concentrate on the job at hand for maximum productivity.

The hydrostatic drive provides high pushing power, faster travel speed and effortless control. The transmission also incorporates powerful engine braking for accurate operation in confined spaces.

Mini Loader driver's cockpit.

The best hydraulics on the market.

Schaffer uses only industrial quality Bosch/Rexroth hydraulics, renowned as the leading brand of hydraulics in the world. Bosch is backed up in Australia with its own specialist network. Everything is easy to access under the bonnet.

Mini Loader boschrexroth hydraulics.

Auxiliary controls for 4-in-1 bucket and attachments.

Schaffer loaders have electric auxiliary controls as standard in most models. This allows the operator to keep one hand on the steering wheel and use the other hand to control all mast functions with the joystick. Your hand never needs to come off the steering wheel so safety and productivity is improved.

Electric auxiliary controls allow the operator to reach down with their 4-in-1 or grab bucket and grab at the same time, making every job simple and more productive.

For more information on attachments, see here.

Mini Loader joystick with electric auxiliary controls.

Pic 8a: Mini Loader tool frame pic.

Clear visibility for efficiency and a safer ride.

You can really see what you're doing when you drive a Schaffer.

Front visibility is excellent thanks to the narrow, conical loading arm, which tapers from narrower at the mount to wider at the tool. The positioning of the hydraulic cylinders, centrally located in the loading arm, also enhances your vision.

Only on Schaffer loaders are all hydraulic cylinders freely suspended with spherical bearings instead of fixed pins so they will give you years of trouble-free operation.

Mini Loader mast.

A driving position that drives productivity.

Schaffer mini loaders have the driving position at the rear, the same as large industrial loaders.

This has important benefits. For instance, when reversing in tight areas you know which way you are going because the rear isn't swinging like a trailer.

Not only that, but with the cabin area at the rear it feels more spacious and less cramped, enhancing ergonomics, comfort, morale and productivity for the driver.

In fact, all industrial loaders are now built with the operator sitting on the rear chassis because driving is so much easier. This contributes to the speed and ease of work.

Mini Loader driving position.

Schaffer axles for incredible pushing power.

The axles are one of the most important components of a loader - they must carry heavy loads and transfer the high torque of the hydrostatic power into pushing force over many years.

Original Schaffer axles are designed for each particular loader - that's the secret of their outstanding pushing power, as proved by independent tests.

Most manufacturers of mini loaders only use wheel motors, which are unable to be geared down for maximum torque. But Schaffer mini loaders use true differentials, the same as an industrial loader or car, which is why they outpush the rest.

Mini Loader heavy duty axles.

Rollover protection with four poster hardtop ROPS standard.

Australian Standards Certified ROPS/FOPS level 1 removable hardtop standard on every loader. It allows the operator to undo just 8 bolts to allow the loader to travel though areas approximately 1750mm in height, if required.

The 4 poster hardtop also gives the operator protection from the harsh Aussie sun to enhance driver safety and comfort.

Mini Loader ROPS - now standard with removable hardtop FOPS!

Maximum traction with wide, heavy duty tyres.

The Schaffer mini loader has 26x12-12 inch heavy duty tyres as standard. These come in a variety of patterns including 12 ply SKD with rim guard and sand/turf.

These tyres give 12 inches of tread on the ground, maximising traction and flotation.

Skinny transport tyres can also be used to make the loader just 890mm wide to travel down the side of houses before changing back to standard tyres.

Mini Loader tyres.

Tipping height for fast, effective work.

The Schaffer 2428 mini loader has a pivot point of 2500mm.

There's no need to waste time telescoping out each time to dump so this model is very popular for earthworks. The rigid Schaffer mast is simpler and stronger.

Mini Loader tipping.

Safety - simply ahead of the rest.

At Schaffer, we are committed to your safety. A reverse beeper and safety strobe are both standard.

You are set up for construction site work from the get-go.

Mini Loader safety features.

Over 50 attachments to power through every job.

Over 50 tools turn your Schaffer mini loader into a productive workhorse able to do any job.

The list includes a 4-in-1, bulk buckets, pallet forks, augers, trenchers, rotary hoes, slashers, grab buckets and much more.

The cooling pack on every Schaffer has been designed in Germany for Aussie conditions enabling you to keep your hydraulics cool so they last over the long term.

Quality and service guaranteed.

Schaffer loaders rarely require more than routine service but it's reassuring to know that all Schaffer loaders are backed by our Australian service division which offers original Schaffer replacement parts and expertise.

Mini Loader spare parts.