Skid-Steer Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

Skid steer loaders, mini skid steers and attachments from Volvo, Case, New Holland Construction, Bobcat, Caterpillar, John Deere, Vermeer, Ditch Witch and McLaughlin.

Volvo CE
Volvo offers the first nine models in its C-Series skid steer loader line that are Tier 3 compliant, have rated operating capacities from 2,250 pounds and gross engine power from 84 hp to 92 hp. The first four tracked models in the range have rated operating capacities up to 3,200 pounds and gross engine power to 92 hp. Due to the single loader, tower arm design, the operator cab access is easier and safer. On wheeled machines, a bolt-on non-slip step under the door increases safe entry and exit of the cab. Dependable track performance provides increased stability on steep grades and rough ground. Tracks deliver higher traction and floatation, along with lower ground pressure. 828.650.2000,


Case introduces the new line of Alpha Series skid steers with nine models. The line includes two models with operating capacities below 1,600 pounds. The Case SR130 and SR150, both radial lift models, have rated operating capacities of 1,300 pounds and 1,500 pounds respectively. The SR130 is rated at 43 hp and the SR150 is rated at 49 hp. The Case Alpha Series includes six radial-lift skid steers, the SR130, SR150, SR175, SR200, SR220 and SR250, engineered for digging, prying and pushing – and three vertical-lift models (SV185, SV250 and SV300) designed for lift-and-carry applications. 866.54.CASE6,

New Holland Construction

Seven skid steer loaders comprise the new 200 Series and feature the patented vertical lift Super Boom design, delivering best-in-class forward dump height and reach. The 53-degree dump angle on the 200 Series skid steer loaders is also best in class. This lets operators empty the bucket faster, increasing cycle times and productivity. The new self-leveling bucket feature on the five models with the Super Boom design allows attachments to maintain the preset location throughout the lift cycle. For long load and carry operations, the optional Glide Ride feature with the Super Boom design ensures a smooth ride over the roughest job site. These five models are rated from 57-84 hp. New Holland also introduced two compact models, the L213 and L215. Each features a radial lift design, providing excellent digging performance. series


The Bobcat S770 delivers big productivity and performance for tough digging, loading, pushing, grading and other tough assignments. With a 92-hp engine, 3,350-pound rated operating capacity stronger lifting power (up to 11 feet of vertical lift) and added reach; you can easily place cargo and tackle your most demanding tasks. The S770 also has improved hydraulic flow, providing you with the versatility to operate the most powerful Bobcat attachments. Like all M-Series models, the S770 has an industry-leading cab design that offers improved comfort, visibility and operator-friendly features. The optional pressurized cab provides a cleaner and 60 percent quieter work environment.


The new B-Series 3 loaders – SSL models 216B3, 226B3, 236B3, 242B3, 252B3 and MTL models 247B3 and 257B3 – incorporate design refinements that make them even more capable, more reliable, safer and easier to operate. In addition, a larger engine and more powerful hydraulics for the 242B3 and 257B3 make these models “power-dense” machines that maintain a nimble size and excellent maneuverability. Specific design refinements for all B-Series 3 models include a redesigned “dead-engine lower valve,” single electronic control module, which is relocated for improved access and reliability, plus new ECM-enabled features. A heavy-duty battery (880 CCA) is now standard equipment on larger models, and a headliner is added to the optional Comfort Package. 309.675.1000,

John Deere
The Model 332D skid-steer loader is equipped with an 89-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder Deere diesel engine delivering 2,400 rpm. Patented vertical-lift boom with cushioned boom cylinders provide exceptional load stability, lift-height and reach. Optimal 60/40 weight distribution, low center of gravity, long wheelbase, and high ground clearance deliver unsurpassed balance and agility. Quick-Tatch hitch accommodates a wide variety of Worksite Pro attachments. For operator comfort, a sculpted seat, ergonomically correct armrests, and adjustable foot pedals provide daylong comfort and support. The overhead instrument panel includes an electronic monitor with diagnostic capability and easy-to-operate sealed switches. For longer service life, a 500-hour engine oil, 3-micron hydraulic, and 5-micron fuel filters provide extra protection. 800.503.3373,



With a rated tip capacity of 2,400 pounds and SAE operating capacity of 840 pounds, the Vermeer S800TX mini skid steer can efficiently lift and transport a large load of material in and around confined spaces. The hydraulic system of the S800TX is capable of providing 14 gpm for effectively powering more demanding attachments while the 35-hp engine provides exceptional power and breakout force. And measuring just 40.5 inches in width, the S800TX offers a narrow footprint for easy maneuverability and access to confined spaces. A dedicated ride-on platform offers broad jobsite visibility. 888.837.6337,

Ditch Witch
Equipped with a 31-hp Kubota turbo diesel engine, the SK650 mini skid steer directs 20 net hp to the attachment. An eight-gallon capacity fuel tank means no stopping for fuel or machine shut down to change an attachment. The SK650 boasts a foot pedal auxiliary control, freeing up the operator’s hands to control depth and ground speed. An attachment-level indicator has been mounted to the attachment lift frame, allowing the operator to see from the operator’s station of the attachment is level. 800.654.6481,


New Holland

Dig trenches for footings, utility lines, irrigation sprinkler systems and drain pipes with ease with a New Holland trencher attachment. Choice of standard flow, chain drive Model 625 or high flow planetary drive Model 640. Available with choice of 30-, 36-, 42-, 48- or 60-boom lengths. Chain is 2-inch pitch, 50,000 pounds, anti-back flex for maximum digging power. For customers who frequently change attachments, the new skid steer loaders feature a hydraulic heavy-duty coupler.


The McLaughlin M-4500 series hydraulic boring attachments are cable of producing tunnels up to 4.5 inches in diameter using the dry compaction or slurry boring method of drilling. Speeds of 8 feet per minute and distances of 200 feet are possible depending on soil conditions. Powered by the hydraulics of the skid steer, the attachment is available in three distinct configurations: attached to the backfill bucket or by means of a quick-attach plate of any full size or mini-skid steer. 800.435.9340,

John Deere
The Worksite Pro line for skid steers and compact track loaders include two “dozer” blades, five vibratory rollers, four cold planers, two tillers, and two hydraulic breakers (also works with compact excavators). These attachments also can function effectively with competitive models. In particular, John Deere=s new breakers feature a solid one-piece design that does not need side bolts, resulting in a tougher breaker that is ideal for a wide variety of heavy-duty applications. The low-pressure, nitrogen-charged design cushions operators from recoil, while the narrow overall shape allows these breakers to work in tight quarters, crowded jobsites and places other breakers can=t. Instead of a high-pressure accumulator, Worksite Pro breakers employ hydraulics and a gas-assist cycle to develop force, resulting in more efficient operation and high power-to-weight ratios. With few seals and moving parts, and no special tools necessary, these breakers provide durability and simplified maintenance. 800.503.3373,

D-Series small hammers have ultra high blow rates for greater productivity in concrete and asphalt applications. The nitrogen membrane accumulator is a self-contained design for constant power during the piston stroke. The simplified design of the D-Series small hammers ensures a lower owning and operating cost and improved serviceability. The single bushing design combines three bushings for a slip fit that is field replaceable. The hammers have an enclosed housing with dampers protects the power cell, eliminates side plate cross bolts and reduces noise level during hammer operation. 309.675.1000,


Case offers a selection of five models of planetary drive augers to match the size and flow range of your machine. Choose from 2-inch hex or 2 9/16 round output shafts for most models and a full line of auger bits to meet your job requirements. The HDP style augers are recommended for moderate to difficult conditions such as rocky, frozen, heavy clay and other compacted soil conditions; asphalt and other hard to penetrate ground conditions. The heavy-duty cast steel boring head makes penetrating difficult ground much easier than conventional augers using bolt-on style cutting edges. All HDP augers come with double flighting. The HDF style augers use a bolt-on tooth system and a heavy-duty fabricated boring head. The augers are designed with ½-inch thick shank plates, which the teeth bolt onto. The pilot is cast steel as is the drive lug it attaches to. All teeth are forged and heat-treated for maximum wearability. All bolts and nuts are self- locking and torqued to manufacturer’s specifications. 866.54.CASE6,

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