Skid-Steer Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

August 2011, Vol. 66 No. 8
Volvo's C-series skid steer loaders are now available.

Caterpillar
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The new B-Series 3 loaders – SSL models 216B3, 226B3, 236B3, 242B3, 252B3 and MTL models 247B3 and 257B3 – incorporate design refinements that make them even more capable, more reliable, safer and easier to operate. In addition, a larger engine and more powerful hydraulics for the 242B3 and 257B3 make these models "power-dense" machines that maintain a nimble size and excellent maneuverability. Specific design refinements for all B-Series 3 models include a redesigned "dead-engine lower valve," single electronic control module, which is relocated for improved access and reliability, plus new ECM-enabled features. A heavy-duty battery (880 CCA) is now standard equipment on larger models, and a headliner is added to the optional Comfort Package. 309.675.1000, www.cat.com

John Deere
The Model 332D skid-steer loader is equipped with an 89-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder Deere diesel engine delivering 2,400 rpm. Patented vertical-lift boom with cushioned boom cylinders provide exceptional load stability, lift-height and reach. Optimal 60/40 weight distribution, low center of gravity, long wheelbase, and high ground clearance deliver unsurpassed balance and agility. Quick-Tatch hitch accommodates a wide variety of Worksite Pro attachments. For operator comfort, a sculpted seat, ergonomically correct armrests, and adjustable foot pedals provide daylong comfort and support. The overhead instrument panel includes an electronic monitor with diagnostic capability and easy-to-operate sealed switches. For longer service life, a 500-hour engine oil, 3-micron hydraulic, and 5-micron fuel filters provide extra protection. 800.503.3373, www.deere.com

MINI SKID STEERS

Vermeer
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With a rated tip capacity of 2,400 pounds and SAE operating capacity of 840 pounds, the Vermeer S800TX mini skid steer can efficiently lift and transport a large load of material in and around confined spaces. The hydraulic system of the S800TX is capable of providing 14 gpm for effectively powering more demanding attachments while the 35-hp engine provides exceptional power and breakout force. And measuring just 40.5 inches in width, the S800TX offers a narrow footprint for easy maneuverability and access to confined spaces. A dedicated ride-on platform offers broad jobsite visibility. 888.837.6337, www.vermeer.com