Skid-Steer Loaders

August 2010 Vol. 65 No. 8
John Deere's 332D skid-steer loader.

Caterpillar
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The 272C skid steer features electro-hydraulic joystick control of the hydrostatic drive system and electronic torque management for smooth operation and high productivity. A vertical lift design provides extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Both optional sealed and pressurized cab and air suspension seat offer operator comfort. Optional High Flow XPS hydraulics on each of the models expands versatility. With a rated operating capacity of 3,250 pounds, the 272C is Caterpillar’s largest capacity skid steer loader. The Cat 3C.4 DIT engine powers the 272C at 90 net hp. 309.675.1000, www.cat.com

MINI SKID STEERS

Ditch Witch
The SK650 mini skid steer is equipped with a 31-hp Kubota turbo diesel engine, directing 20 net hp to the attachment. With an eight-gallon capacity, most jobs can be completed without stopping to fuel or shut down the machine to change attachments. Quick-disconnect attachment fittings enable attachments to be changed with the hydraulic system under pressure, which speeds productivity. The SK650 is also equipped with a foot pedal auxiliary control, freeing up the operator’s hands to control depth and ground speed. An attachment-level indicator has been mounted to the attachment lift frame, allowing the operator to see from the operator=s station if the attachment is level. A float section on the auxiliary valve has been added to help the operator to make more efficient use of attachments. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com

Vermeer
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With a rated tip capacity of 2400 pounds and SAE operating capacity of 840 pounds, the new 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

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