Product showcase: skid steers, track loaders and other compact utility vehicles
Skid steers and track loaders power your fleet with versatile capabilities for your customers.
By Patrick Flannery
John Deere recently added two more rental-friendly choices to its broad lineup of compact earthmoving equipment with the introduction of its all-new large-frame G-Series skid steers. The 330G and 332G models were developed using extensive customer feedback to offer more productivity, better visibility and simplified service. The refined vertical-lift loader boom design rises higher, reaches farther and lifts more for quicker and easier loading. With horsepower that is comparable to a small backhoe or crawler, these machines also work comfortably in tight quarters, so operators can accomplish more with less machine. Increased rated operating capacities of up to 3,700 pounds give these models the muscle needed to master heavy loads for a variety of applications. A line of over 100 WorkSite Pro attachments meets the needs of all rental segments from landscape to construction to agricultural material handling. Designed with the entry-level operator in mind, the G-Series machines help rental industry professionals mitigate risk by allowing contractors to choose the flexible control patterns they are most comfortable with. Further protecting a fleet, JDLink Machine Monitoring System machines are equipped with anti-theft features and geofencing to ensure units don’t go outside of a desired geographical range, allowing a rental center owner to keep tabs on his or her fleet at all times.
No DEF needed
Takeuchi-US offers the TS80 in its skid steer lineup, available in both radial and vertical loader arrangements. Highly manoeuverable and powerful, the large frame TS80 series loaders deliver an outstanding blend of performance, durability, and operator comfort. The TS80 skid steer loaders feature a 74-horsepower Tier 4 Final Deutz engine that delivers an impressive 192 foot pounds of torque at 1,800 RPM. A key benefit of the Deutz engine is its simple maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst system that does not require regeneration, cleaning, or diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The TS80R2 features an operating weight of 7,950 pounds and a rated operating capacity of 2,825 pounds. The bucket breakout force on the TS80R2 is 5,845 pounds with a lift arm force of 7,080 pounds and a maximum hinge pin height of 10 feet, five inches. The TS80V2 is heavier than its radial counterpart with an operating weight of 8,965 pounds and a rated operating capacity of 3,500 pounds. Bucket breakout force on the vertical model is 5,920 pounds with a lift arm force of 6,200 pounds and a maximum hinge pin height of 10 feet, 10 inches. Comfortable to operate, the TS80 skid steers feature a functional and well-equipped operator’s station that now includes a lower threshold for easier entry and exit for the operator. Several new options are now available and include ride control, bucket positioning and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics to increase both productivity and versatility.
Easy attachment switching
Wacker Neuson has introduced a new line of medium-frame skid steer and compact track loaders that are an ideal fit for the rental market. Four new skid steers and two new compact track loaders were developed from the ground up, offering the power and torque needed to lift more, push more, work longer and manoeuver through challenging jobsite obstacles. They have the comfort and convenience owner operators expect and the durability rental fleets demand. With a transferable engine warranty of four years or 4,000 hours, these new models are ideal for inventory management and resale. The new skid steers and compact track loaders are built for performance, versatility and convenience. The hinge pin height on the vertical loaders provides maximum loading and unloading capabilities. An engine torque of 221 foot-pounds provides the power needed for improved ground-engaging performance in all kinds of terrain. The Kohler diesel engine features a maintenance-free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system, eliminating the impact of extreme heat and the need for filters. Versatility comes standard with every Wacker Neuson loader. The universal skid steer attachment plate enables attachments to be switched out easily, accomplishing more in less time. Category-leading hydraulic horsepower is standard and high-flow enables these machines to handle high-performance attachments like rakes, movers, tillers and augers with ease. The 33-gallon fuel tank gives operators 30 per cent more time in the cab and less time refueling. Wacker Neuson created a cab environment with operator comfort and convenience in mind. Access in and out is easy – there’s no restrictive lap bar and controls are intuitively placed. Mechanical hand/foot and selectable electric/hydraulic options (ISO H-Pattern) ensure operators with a variety of experience can efficiently operate these machines. Additionally, these machines offer a one-piece pod-style cab that fully tilts forward with the arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components.
Controls move with the operator
Gehl and Mustang have introduced new large skid steer loaders and 3,200-pound vertical lift track loaders. The Gehl V420 and Mustang 4200V skid steer loaders increase the capacity and power of the previous model to 4,200 pounds of operating capacity and 120 horsepower. The high-flow hydraulic option offers more than 40 gallons per minute, making these models massive tool carriers for heavy construction, landscaping and land clearing applications. The Gehl VT320 and Mustang 3200VT vertical lift track loaders provide 3,200 pounds of operating capacity and 114 horsepower. Excellent pushing power and tractive effort position these track machines to excel in final grading applications when equipped with an Edge six-way grouser dozer blade. Pilot joystick controls mounted to the seat provide ample leg room and easy operation, as the controls move with the operator.
Many new features
The Boxer 600HD compact utility loader, introduced by Morbark at The Rental Show is designed to reduce hand labour and the costs of performing key tasks so customers can lift more, move more and dig faster. The 600HD features a 74-inch hinge pin height and a 617-pound rated operating capacity with a tip capacity of 1,763 pounds and fixed track width of 34.7 inches. Powered by a 24.8-HP diesel engine and producing 11.3 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow from the single remote auxiliary lines, this new model provides all the power needed for tough jobs. The 600HD boasts a variety of new features. These include a redesigned platform with generous hip padding and added creature comforts, a dual hydrostatic operating system, piloted joystick controls with rocker-activated auxiliaries, rubber-isolated hydraulic components, tightened boom tolerances and increased ground speed. Like all Boxer loaders, the 600HD uses a universal compact utility loader mounting plate and quick-attach system to quickly and easily switch between any of the more than 50 available standard attachments.
Built for landscaping
Brandt Tractor offers the powerful new Ditch Witch SK1550 mini skid steer. The SK1550 delivers more muscle than ever to a wide range of jobs from tree handling to sod transfer. Powered by a 44-horsepower Tier 4 Yanmar engine with an incredible 1,558-pound operating capacity, it brings brawn and productivity to every jobsite. The SK1550 platform delivers exceptional nine-inch ground clearance for improved productivity on challenging terrain, along with a 94-inch hinge-pin height for flexible loading and unloading at a wide range of dump sites. Purpose-built by Ditch Witch especially for landscape, irrigation and tree-handling jobs and available with a complete range of attachments including a new trencher and vibratory plow, this versatile powerhouse will always be in high demand.
ASV offers the Posi-Track RT-30 compact track loader as a heavy-duty commercial machine in a small package. The radial lift loader is the company’s smallest sit-on model yet features the same productivity-enhancing qualities as larger ASV machines. This includes highly efficient hydraulic and cooling systems as well as low ground pressure. In addition, the RT-30 provides a safer, more productive alternative to walk-behind and sit-on mini skid steer loaders. The ASV unit’s small size makes it ideal for contractors, rental centers and homeowners looking for a commercial-quality compact machine for work in tight spaces for applications such as landscaping, snow removal and construction. The 3,600-pound RT-30 is 48 inches wide and has an 8.4-foot lift height. Its compact size and 10 inches of ground clearance minimize risk of property damage or damage to the machine while working in hard-to-reach areas, whether clearing snow on sidewalks and through alleys or while completing landscaping or construction work in high-density housing areas. The machine’s size also optimizes it for the rental market as the compact track loader is easy to transport on a trailer pulled by a pick-up truck. It is simple to operate, making rental customer training easy, including homeowners who can use it in backyards and eliminate manual labour. In addition, the RT-30 features easy serviceability as a result of a single-door system that allows fast access to the engine, filters and other daily checkpoints. This means faster rental turnaround and less downtime for contractors. The RT-30 offers a safe alternative to similarly sized walk-behind and stand-on skid steer loaders. The ASV unit’s cab provides rollover protection and protects the operator from outside elements. The cab’s seat also eliminates the fatigue that comes from standing. In addition, the compact track loader also features more ground clearance and lower ground pressure than similarly sized machines on the market. The RT-30’s industrial diesel engine provides more torque than smaller gas or diesel engines common in mini skid steer loaders.
Bandit Industries has expanded its line of skid steer loader attachments to include the Model SA-25, a hydraulically powered stump grinder attachment that operates off a loader’s existing high flow hydraulic systems. The SA-25 features a massive 24.5-inch diameter Revolution cutterwheel, the same size cutterwheel found on some of Bandit’s largest self-propelled stump grinders. The Model SA-25 joins Bandit’s already-robust lineup of skid-steer loader attachments that includes the Bandit Stump Gun vertical stump grinder and the Model 60FM and Model 72FM forestry mulchers. All Bandit attachments bring the power and productivity of a Bandit to the versatility of a skid-steer loader.
Now with more horsepower
Bobcat offers the M2-Series skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loaders designed for general construction contractors. M2-Series compact loaders offer a variety of performance, operator comfort and visibility enhancements to help increase operator productivity and provide enhanced uptime protection. The M2-Series includes S450 through S850 skid-steer loaders, T450 through T870 compact track loaders and the A770 all-wheel steer loader. Altogether, the M2-Series includes 24 skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loader models. Features of the M2-Series include an automatic ride control option that allows operators to easily switch between auto and off from inside the cab. The
reversing fan option temporarily reverses the cooling fan direction for several seconds to blow dust and small debris from the radiator and rear screens. Front and rear cab isolators, door seals and side screen dampers reduce noise, vibration and dust inside the Bobcat loader cab. The side lighting kit option improves visibility in low-light conditions. The low-effort hydrostatic pump reduces drive lever effort by as much as 25 per cent in 600- and 700-frame-size M2-Series loaders. Larger model decals help identify model numbers, which can be useful on large jobsites for improved readability. M2-Series S850 skid-steer loaders now come standard with 100-horsepower Bobcat engines, a nine per cent increase from the prior iteration. The horsepower boost provides increased attachment performance in demanding applications, including operating high-flow auxiliary hydraulic attachments such as forestry cutters, planers and snowblowers. It also delivers more power to operate high-flow auxiliary hydraulic attachments at higher ground speeds during attachment operation, increasing operator productivity. Every M2-Series loader is powered by a Bobcat diesel engine that is engineered to work perfectly with the rest of the machine. It features a non-DPF design for simple operation, panoramic serviceability, better fuel efficiency and less engine noise.
Extra safety features
Whether your customers work on utilities, building roads, highways and bridges or whether they are active in mining, forestry, industrial or residential building, Kubota SSV skid steer loaders are suitable tools for practically any job. Exceptional power, flexibility, durability and a comfortable cab set Kubota apart. Using a front roll-up door for easy access, Kubota diesel engines, auxiliary hydraulics, proportional controls, a high flow option, two-speed travel, pilot controls, side lighting and vertical lift loader arms, these skid steers are designed for performance. Safety is also key and these models offers lots of safety features such as rollover protection structures and falling-object protective structures. The SSV skid steer loader multitasks with buckets, forks, breakers and snow blowers via a quick-attach hydraulic coupler. Kubota technology and power will save customers time and money.
The Cat 299D2 XHP compact track loader with its powerful engine, high-output hydraulic system, high lift forces, vertical lift design and torsion axel suspension provides the maximum performance for work and productivity, digging, truck loading and material handling in a wide range of underfoot conditions and applications. The sealed and pressurized cab option provides a cleaner and quieter operating environment with excellent work tool visibility. The available high-back, heated, air ride seat with seat-mounted adjustable joystick controls makes Cat compact track loaders excel in operator comfort. Machine capability and control is maximized with the standard advanced display providing on-screen adjustments for implement response, hystat response and creep control, including multi-language functionality with customizable layouts, a security system, and a rearview camera. The high-performance power train provides maximum performance and production capability through the electronic torque management system, standard two speed travel and an electronic hand/foot throttle with deceleration pedal capability. The XHP hydraulic system provides high flow and high pressure that delivers top hydraulic horsepower to efficiently run even the most power-hungry work tools. The electronically controlled Cat C3.8 aftercooled engine provides high horsepower and torque while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards.