I know about the Lesco change. The last Lesco I purchased was a salsco built, my Dealer had to hunt down for me. I find the Parker's to be bulky but, they do also have the square chute, which I like.
At this point, I don't know what will be the next loader I will buy. There are no Salsco dealers anywhere near us. I may give billy Goat another look. I will have to find out how much more that thicker steel elbow will cost. Even if it lasts longer, it still will have to be replaced at some time.