Skid-Steer Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

August 2012, Vol. 67 No. 8
The Bobcat S770.

Volvo CE
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New Volvo wheeled skid steer models include the radial lift MC60C and MC70C, and the vertical lift MC85C and MC95C. Rated operating capacities for these models range from 1,350 to 1,900 pounds and gross engine power from 48 to 59 hp. Volvo skid steer loaders feature a unique single loader arm design and deliver customers the superior loading performance and durability found in traditional skid steer design. 828.650.2000, volvoce.com

New Holland Construction
Seven skid steer loaders comprise the new 200 Series and feature the patented vertical lift Super Boom design, delivering best-in-class forward dump height and reach. The 53-degree dump angle on the 200 Series skid steer loaders is also best in class. This lets operators empty the bucket faster, increasing cycle times and productivity. The new self-leveling bucket feature on the five models with the Super Boom design allows attachments to maintain the preset location throughout the lift cycle. For long load and carry operations, the optional Glide Ride feature with the Super Boom design ensures a smooth ride over the roughest job site. These five models are rated from 57-84 hp. New Holland also introduced two compact models, the L213 and L215. Each features a radial lift design, providing excellent digging performance. newholland.com

Caterpillar
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The new Cat 272D Skid Steer Loader replaces the C Series predecessor, and features a more powerful engine, the Cat C3.8, which meets Stage IIIB and Tier 4 Interim emissions standards. Net engine power for the 272D is up 5 percent, from 90 to 95 hp, and peak torque is increased by 14 percent. A robust 23-gpm auxiliary hydraulic system allows efficient use of a broad range of work tools. Larger lift cylinders provide a 19-percent boost in lifting force. An available electrically activated quick coupler replaces the previously used hydraulically actuated coupler, allowing a simpler design that eliminates hydraulic lines, connectors and valves. Self-relieving quick disconnects allow work tool changes to be made quickly and easily. Rated operating capacity for the 272D is 3,200 pounds at 35 percent of tipping load. 309.675.1000, cat.com