Equipment Spotlight: Skid-Steer Loaders

Skid-steer loaders by New Holland Construction, Caterpillar, Volvo CE, Bobcat, John Deere, Case, Toro, Vermeer, Ditch Witch and Bobcat.

New Holland Construction
New Holland’s newest addition to the 200 Series, the L221 skid steer, offers a new level of performance in a radial-arm machine. At 74 hp and with a rated operating capacity of 2,100 pounds, the L221 is the largest, most powerful of New Holland’s three radial-arm skid steer models. The L221 is outfitted with a wide cab, and better visibility, giving operators a 360-degree view of the jobsite. The long wheelbase allows operators to lift and haul more material, increasing productivity. This design makes even novice operators confident on the job.

The Cat 289D compact track loader, with its vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its standard, suspended undercarriage system provides superior traction, flotation, stability and speeds to work in a wide range of applications and underfoot conditions. The machine features a completely new cab with first-in-class designs that enhance operator comfort and control, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance for greater productivity. The larger frame 289D CTL features an electronically controlled 3.3-liter engine that meets Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB) emissions standards. The Cat C3.3B engine provides 74 hp with 8 percent more torque and 6 percent improved fuel economy compared to the previous models. 309.675.1000,

Volvo CE
The radial lift Volvo MC70C skid steer loader features a unique single loader arm design and delivers customers the superior loading performance and durability found in a traditional skid steer design, along with the improved visibility, safety and enhanced cab access of a side-entry machine. The robust design and reinforcement of a single loader arm provides reliability and effectively distributes the load. Without the horizontal cross member found on two-arm vertical lift machines, operators experience excellent all-around, class-leading visibility. 828.650.2000,

With a rated operating capacity of 3,875 pounds and an operating weight of 10,008 pounds, the S850 is now the largest Bobcat skid-steer loader. Thanks to vertical-style lift arms, the S850 offers a lift height of 144 inches; given it the most lift height of any Bobcat loader. It is powered by a 92-hp water-cooled diesel engine. Routine maintenance on the S850 has been minimized to enhance operator productivity. The redesigned cooling system makes it easier to clean out the cooling system, with an oil cooler that swings up, allowing the operator to clean the areas between the oil cooler and radiator. Operators have the choice between standard hand/foot controls or the new Selectable Joystick Controls. The control levers on the optional Selectable Joystick Controls move up and down in conjunction with the seat to reduce arm movement and fatigue as the operator controls the machine. The joystick mounts slide forward or backward to adjust to the preference of each individual operator.

John Deere
New E-Series line of skid steer loaders (318E, 320E) and compact track loaders (CTLs) (319E, 323E) feature design and performance enhancements. The machines include upgraded boom performance, auxiliary lines that are integrated through the boom for improved visibility and added protection, and cab improvements aimed at improving operator and machine productivity, uptime, and lower daily operating costs. John Deere offers all major control patterns on these models to meet customers’ specific needs. This includes traditional hand and foot controls, hand only controls, or low-effort, electro-hydraulic (EH) joystick controls in both the ISO and “H” patterns. Other new features include connect-under-pressure auxiliary hydraulic couplers and courtesy lighting that stays on up to 90 seconds after the engine is shut down, illuminating the way for easier exists out of dark barns or after-hour jobsites. 800.503.3373,

The Case SV185 skid steer loader is built with the hydraulics and lift to tackle the toughest jobs. The new heating and air conditioning systems create a comfortable environment year-round, helping you become more productive and ultimately improving your bottom line. The SV185 offers a DOC-Only solution to meet Tier 4 emissions regulations while delivering more power and capability within the same compact skid steer dimensions. The Power Stance wheelbase and 30/70 weight balance gives the SR185 the dynamic stability to dig, lift, travel and maneuver with more material to maximize productivity. Enjoy the flexibility to increase the machines’ rated operating capacities by a hundred pounds — to 1,950 pounds with add-on counterweights. 866.542.2736,



The Toro Dingo TX 525 Compact Utility Loader is available in both narrow and wide track models. Powered by a 25-hp Kubota diesel engine for added torque and hydraulic flow in a compact design, these models’ auxiliary hydraulics provide power in the toughest soil conditions by pumping 24 hydraulic hp to the attachment. Featuring four independent hydraulic pumps, the TX 525 delivers 16.9 gpm of flow to each track, 13.8 gpm to the auxiliary and 6 gpm to the loader arm. Both units have a tip capacity of 1,580 pounds and are compact enough to work in the tightest places — the TX 525 Narrow Track easily fits through doors and gates that are 35 in wide, and the TX 525 Wide Track is able to pass through a 42 in opening. These units are equipped with the patented Toro Dingo TX-style control system and are extremely versatile with the ability to utilize over 30 attachments from Toro. 800.344.8676,

The S800TX has an 840-pound SAE-rated operating capacity with a 2,400-pound tipping capacity. The high horsepower engine delivers 88.5 foot-pounds of torque, equipping customers with versatility and power to do more with the one machine — from landscaping to trenching up to 48 inches deep. The S800TX is available with a 40-hp Kubota EFI gas engine or 35-hp Kubota diesel engine. 888.837.6337,

Ditch Witch

The Ditch Witch SK750 and SK755 are built to outperform on any jobsite. Both models feature a high-drive track system along with an enhanced operator station, delivering superior performance through increased ground clearance, more lift capacity, faster ground speed, longer track life, and more operator comfort. Kubota diesel engines provide outstanding power for all machine functions—24.8 hp for the SK750 and 32.8 hp for the SK755. Belt-free design eliminates worries about slipping, squeaking and breaking. The 800-pound rated operating capacity and an 81-inch hinge-pin height enables more productive loading. 800.654.6481,

The MT55 boasts even more power to tackle big jobs in close quarters with impressive traction and lifting abilities. It turns quickly in its tracks, treads lightly over soft ground and lawns and provides endless work-saving opportunities using many different Bobcat attachments. Used by itself or as a complement to bigger loaders, this is one great work-saver. Key features include a Final Tier 4 diesel engine, rated operating weight of 550 pounds, travel speed is 3.5 mph, 7 gallon fuel tank, and pump capacity is 12 gpm. The MT55 is 93.1 long, 35.6-inches wide and 49.1-inches high. Height to bucket from the hinge pin in 71.2 inches and the reach at maximum height is 18.2 inches with a 34-inch length of track on the ground.



Case offers a backhoe attachment for its skid steers with best in class digging force, best in class reach, and all models are thumb ready. Backhoes include dual swing cylinders for maximum power, cushioned swing with speed control, and standard pin-on or C&P quick mount buckets. Optional thumbs, auxiliary hydraulic kit for thumb, hammer and auger operation, and fold-down or vertical stabilizer are also available. 866.542.2736,

Complete landscape installations, underground utilities, septic systems and other excavating applications with the backhoe attachment. The backhoe attachment features digging depths from 6 to 11 feet and bucket widths from 9 to 39 inches, making it ideal for maximizing the combination of excavating performance and carrier versatility. It moves from one job to the next with ease, allowing maximum attachment use without hassle all while offering clear visibility. Once the digging is done, switching the backhoe attachment is quick and easy. With the Bob-Tach mounting system, quickly change to a bucket for backfilling and then to another attachment to handle every job on site, maximizing performance and minimizing downtime.

The Toro Dingo hydraulic breaker attachment uses 175 foot-pounds of force and delivers 1,200 blows per minute to break materials to a depth of 11 inches. The breaker features a multi-position mounting head, allowing users to easily break materials in both horizontal and vertical positions. The hydraulic breaker utilizes the Toro Dingo’s hydraulic system, which produces up to 12 gpm of flow at 3,000 psi of hydraulic power. The Toro Dingo equipped with the hydraulic breaker can work effectively in tight or confined spaces, eliminating time-consuming manual labor. 800.344.8676,

John Deere

To get more productivity from your compact equipment, hook-up one of the 100-plus, easy-to-use John Deere Worksite Pro attachments. Worksite Pro trenchers come in 26-, 48-, and 60-inch digging depth, with high-and low-flow versions. The heavy-duty drive system eliminates chain reduction. 800.503.3373,

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