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Skid-Steer Loaders

April 29, 2008  by Innovations

The Bobcat Company has expanded its compact track loader line of products with the introduction of the T140.



    The Bobcat Company has expanded its compact track loader line of products with the introduction of the T140. The T140 complements the four track loaders already manufactured by Bobcat, and serves as an ideal entry-level machine in the agricultural market. Bobcat representatives say this new lower-cost, small-frame, compact track machine will enable many farmers to move into a compact track loader.

    As more farmers see the advantages of track loaders, such as better traction in soft ground conditions, Bobcat decided to enhance its already diverse compact track loader line by offering an entry-level model. Bobcat representatives say this compact track loader will appeal to the agricultural industry in particular because of its strong lifting capacity and beefy horsepower in a compact package.


    The T140 provides farmers with a lower-cost compact track loader that has the size and power to complete large tasks in confined spaces such as barns, pens, and feedlots, says the company.

    Skid-steer loaders may well be the most trusted piece of equipment around farm operations, and in recognition of this Gehl has eight models that offer fast cycle times with ground speeds up to 14 mph, and outstanding hydraulic power and performance. With a spacious cab and choice of three control patterns, operators will be more accurate and be able to move from task to task more efficiently. The machines offer select rated operating loads from 1,050 lbs up to 3,600 lbs.

    The company’s Gehl 7000 series skid loaders were designed with one true goal: to deliver superior performance, reach, lift capacity, speed and comfort.

Gehl’s new 7000 Series offers the perfect combination of size, power, reach and speed. The company says it has broken performance barriers with an unprecedented 3,600 lb rated operating load, 142” lift height and ground speeds up to 14 mph.

    The company’s redesigned PowerView boom affords full, 360 degree visibility, while the improved ROPS operator station offers more room, and tips back for easy service access. Gehl has also extended the wheelbase and added a new ride control system option for a smoother, more stable ride.

Willmar Wrangler


    Wrangler loaders are designed to deliver increased productivity and versatility.

    The Wrangler 4550 loader is engineered to deliver the power, maneuverability and performance that operators demand. In rough terrain, the 16 degree frame oscillation keeps all four wheels on the ground. The hydrostatic drive efficiently transfers maximum horsepower from the engine to each of the double reduction, planetary gear hubs. Electronic shuttle-shift and precise foot pedal speed control mean the Wrangler loader will be a reliable, productive addition to farm operations, says the company.

    A hydraulic joystick controls the lift and tilt operation and is conveniently located at the operator’s right hand for less fatigue and precise control of operation. The operator station with integral four post ROPS, offers ergonomically designed convenience along with a complete gauge package, standard operating and transport lights and an optional all-weather cab.

    Wrangler loaders are known for handling large volumes of bulk material quickly and efficiently and are said to be rugged, versatile and easy to drive.



    Komatsu America Corp has introduced the SK1026-5 skid-steer loader, an 8,068 lb unit designed to meet customers’ demands for increased power and performance in a variety of material handling applications.

    The SK1026-5 is powered by Komatsu’s turbocharged and fuel-efficient S4D98E-2NFD diesel engine, running 84 hp at 2,500 rpm.

    The hydraulic self-leveling bucket with 5,400 lb breakout force improves the productivity of the operator on the farm site. The 40-degree dump and 28-degree rollback angles of the bucket allow for faster dump cycles and load retention over rough terrain.

    The SK1026-5 comes standard with Komatsu’s HydrauMind hydraulic system that allows simultaneous machine functions (loader-arm, bucket maneuvering) without sacrificing speed, engine power or performance.

    Komatsu’s exclusive standard two-speed travel allows for low impact shift-on-the-go speed changes between 6.5 mph work range and 10 mph travel ranges for improved load and carry cycle times and travel times between job sites.

    The SK1026-5’s 45.7” wheelbase gives the operator a more stable ride and a better platform for operating high flow attachments. More than 40 attachments are available for the SK1026-5 through Komatsu distributors.

    The SK1026-5 features a rated operating load of 2,650 lbs and a tipping load of 5,300 lbs (2,850 lbs and 5,700 lbs, respectively, with optional rear counterweights). Breakout force varies: 5,400 lbs with a short lip bucket and 4,740 lbs with a long lip design.



The new Volvo skid-steer loaders are said to handle virtually any job farm operations encounter. They are built for the long haul—with sealed pins and self-lubricated bushings, two heavy-duty adjustable drive chains per side, a welded unitized frame and a lubed-for-life universal joint.

    The cab is large and comfortable and provides plenty of room to climb in and out, the company says. Once inside, operators find easy-to-read gauges and excellent visibility all around.

    As with all Volvo construction equipment, the skid-steer loaders are designed with safety in mind, including a hydraulic controls lockout, park lock, and a loader arm safety support.

    A large variety of attachments—including pallet forks, augers, trenchers, cold planers, and specialty buckets—and the ability to make quick job-to-job changes gives farm operators a multi-purpose tool that is among the most efficient skid-steer loader on the market today.

Case IH


    Farmers and ranchers looking for the right skid steer to handle their most demanding jobs now have a new, powerful product line to turn to with the Case 400 series skid steers. 

    Available in five radial- and three vertical-lift models that range from 49 to 82 net hp, the 400 Series features maximum rated operating loads from 1,500 to 3,000 lbs. These new models also feature an extra-heavy-duty design, high-productivity engines, improved reliability and efficiency, and ease of service. 

    In addition to Tier II certification, the large-displacement, high-torque, long-life engines in the 400 Series skid steers provide quiet, smooth power for productive operation.

    The entry-level Case 410, as well as the 430 and 445 models use naturally aspirated, four-cylinder diesel engines, while the 420, 440, 450 and 465 offer turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engines. The 435 uses a three-cylinder, turbocharged engine. 

    A new cooling system that provides balanced cooling to both the engine and hydraulics, coupled with improvements made to the auxiliary hydraulics, have increased the reliability of all models.

New Holland


    The seven larger skid steers in the New Holland line-up are Super Boom models. Equipped with the patented Super Boom vertical-lift linkage, these skid steers offer strong advantages when it comes to dump height and reach. Simply stated, the higher they lift, the farther they reach.

    They offer superior visibility, more lift capacity, better stability and better dump height and reach, the company says. The rock-solid stability of Super Boom skid steers allows operators to carry heavier loads and travel where other machines can’t.

    The Super Boom vertical linkage lifts the load up and away, so operators can place loads exactly where they want them. The New Holland design also helps keep the bucket level for less spillback.

New Holland skid steers feature a longer wheelbase, a lower center of gravity and better weight distribution compared to other machines, says the company.

    New Holland skid steers feature fast ground speeds to reduce cycle times. An optional dual-range transmission (LS180.B – LS190.B) delivers travel speeds over 11 mph to save time on and between job sites.

    Thomas Equipment, Inc manufactures and distributes a full line of skid-steer and mini skid-steer loaders as well as attachments.  
    Included in the Thomas Equipment line-up is the model 153 which offers power with a hardy and vigorous Kubota four-cylinder diesel engine rated at 46 hp (34.3 kW). Power is transferred from the engine to the loader’s hydrostatic pumps through an easily serviceable universal joint. Operators will muscle their way through any job thanks to a heavy-duty, 100-chain drive that provides powerful traction and pushing power to the wheels. A full 1,500 lb (680 kg) lifting capacity combined with over 4,150 lbs (1,882 kg) of breakout force allows the Thomas153 to make quick work of any job, says the company. It features travel speed of 9.7 km/h (six mph) and operating weight of 2,504 kg (5,520 lbs).



    The Caterpillar 216B, 226B, 236B, 246B and 248B skid-steer loaders feature increased engine power and breakout force as well as improvements in operator comfort and machine reliability and serviceability.

    The 248B uses the Cat XPS hydraulic system, a load sensing, pressure-compensating system that can deliver maximum power regardless of engine speed. For customers requiring a smaller machine to operate hydraulically powered work tools, a high-flow option is now available on the 226B.

    Four of the five B-Series radial lift machines have new Cat engines, and all five have engine power increases ranging from two percent to more than 18 percent. All of the engines are US EPA Tier II compliant.

    The 248B is the most versatile of the radial lift machines with a rated operating capacity of 2,000 lbs (907 kg) and net engine power of 76 hp (57 kW). The 248B joins the 268B in its use of the high performance, high flow XPS hydraulic system. A variable displacement piston pump provides hydraulic flow and pressure up to 33 gpm (125 L/min) and 4,060 psi (28 000 kPa).

John Deere


    With a unified design and more than 100 improvements, John Deere’s new 300 series skid steers are said to be more productive and more reliable than ever before—at a lower daily operating cost than their predecessors. The 300 series machines provide numerous best-in-class features that enhance productivity, including optimal 60/40 weight distribution, a low center of gravity, long wheelbase, and large tires. Other features designed to help these versatile machines overachieve include a patented vertical-lift boom, turbocharged high-torque diesel, smooth and responsive servo controls, impressive pushing power and breakout force, and best in-class visibility. Several design improvements ensure fast service, including an oil cooler that swings out with rear door and a quick-pivoting ROPS that providing access to major components. The 300 Series also feature new four- and five-cylinder John Deere 250 series Power Tech Engines with horsepower ranging from 61 (45.5 kW) to 91 (67.7 kW).


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