Link-Belt went after buyers who have trouble deciding between a tool carrier and a wheel loader with the Power-Link loader linkage. The boom allows the operator to lift as much weight as competitive tool-carrier machines and keep the load level on pallet forks. Breakout force remains comparable with competitive loaders. A single lever controls forward, reverse, up shift, downshift, and kick down functions. LBX entered the loader business this year with the three-model line spanning 105 to 165 horsepower. Estimated list prices: $108,000 to $155,000.