Equipment Spotlight: Skid-Steer Loaders

August 2014, Vol. 69, No. 8
New Holland’s L221 skid steer

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. northamerica.construction.newholland.com

Caterpillar
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, cat.com

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, volvoce.com