August 2013, Vol. 68 No. 8

Equipment Spotlight

Mini Skid Steers: Equipment Spotlight

Mini skid steers from Ditch Witch, Vermeer and Bobcat.

Ditch Witch
To get more jobs done in less time, the Ditch Witch SK750 compact tool carrier features a 24.8-hp diesel engine, up to 800 pounds of lift capacity, 81-inch lift height, and compatibility with 70 attachments. An innovative high-drive track system with bolt-on sprockets, wide track rollers and replaceable spindles makes it easy to convert from a narrow to a wide track stance, improving maneuverability and allowing operators to rotate the tracks for up to 40 percent more track life. 800.654.6481,

A 500-pound SAE-rated operating capacity with a 1,430-pound tipping capacity gives the new S450TX mini skid steer a lot of muscle for its size. Vermeer has incorporated a four-pump hydraulic system, which provides performance and efficiency when powering attachments. A single pilot-operated joystick is now integrated into the S450TX platform, which makes the machine easy to maneuver and operate in comparison to manual control systems. The operator can also experience a smooth range of operation without having to balance the engagement of two separate controls. The S450TX offers the customer the ability to customize the machine with the choice of engine and track options. The Kubota 24.8-hp diesel engine and Kohler EFI 27-hp gas engine both provide excellent torque performance and are designed for those who use attachments requiring greater engine torque. A narrow 7-inch track provides a smaller machine footprint for tight work areas. The standard 9-inch-wide track offers reduced ground pressure for increased flotation and stability. 888.837.6337,

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.

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