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Skid-Steer Loaders - March 2009

John Deere

John Deere introduces the 313 and 315 models of skid-steer loaders that feature rated operating capacities of 1,300 and 1,500 pounds. The units feature 45-hp engines that are certified to EPA Interim Tier-4 emissions levels, as well as electronic controls for idle stability, cold-start performance and transient response. A key feature of the 313 and 315 is the radial lift boom. The bucket rests close to the machine when in the down position and swings forward for improved reach in the 4- to 5-foot range. Cushioned bucket and lift cylinders provide smooth deceleration at the end of the boom lower position, also cushioning the bucket when curling and dumping a load.
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Mustang introduces the 2700V skid-steer loader that features a Yanmar Tier-3, 84-hp turbocharged diesel engine. The vertical-lift boom offers enhanced stability and more than 130 inches of lift height and provides considerable forward reach at trailer loading and dumping heights. The unit features a rated operating capacity of 2,700 pounds. An extra-long wheelbase and new chassis design enhance stability and provide improved weight distribution. The electronic control and foot throttle allow operation at partial throttle, reducing sound levels and fuel consumption.
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Komatsu's SK820-5 skid-steer loader is equipped with a patented automatic power control, which allows the operator to work at full power during any phase of the job without concern about engine stall-out. The SK820-5 features a rated operating capacity of 1,900 pounds, a tipping load of 3,800 pounds, bucket breakout forces of 4,200 pounds and 3,530 pounds (based on short lip and long lip bucket designs, respectively). The unit also offers optional, fully enclosed cabs with slide-up overhead front doors that feature an expansive entrance, 360-degree visibility, heating and air conditioning. With an operating weight of 6,480 pounds, the SK820-5 delivers a net of 54 hp.
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The PT-50 compact track loader uses Terex ASV's patented Posi-Track suspended undercarriage technology that maximizes traction and flotation while giving operators a comfortable ride. The machine's 6,200-pound operating weight is distributed down to 3.5 pounds per square inch of ground pressure. The naturally aspired 50-hp diesel engine provides smooth and reliable power, according to the company. The unit also features pilot-operated joystick controls and a load-sensing hydraulic system that helps prevent engine stalls.
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The S400TX skid steer from Vermeer is powered by a 23-hp Kohler air-cooled engine that offers 15-percent more horsepower. The S400TX track undercarriage features a high-mount sprocket track-drive with a standard 7-inch rubber track that produces 3.8 psi ground pressure. A 9-inch track option is also available. At 76.5 inches long, 34.5 inches wide and 1,950 pounds, the unit can maneuver into tight spaces and weight-sensitive areas. The unit also features a hydraulic flow rate of 11.5 gpm, a rated operating capacity of 500 pounds and a maximum lifting height of 69 inches. The curved loader arms offer improved reach as the boom lifts out and up, providing more clearance to reach over truck sides.
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The 1640E skid loader from Gehl measures 3-feet wide and 6.25-feet tall, and is suited for maneuvering through alleys, narrow doorways, aisles and corridors. The skid-steer loader has an 850-pound rated operating capacity and 96 inches of lift height. The machine features 9.1 gpm of auxiliary hydraulic flow for powering a variety of attachments and the universal-style quick-attach system facilitates attachment changes. The 1640E is easily transportable with an overall machine weight of 2,900 pounds.
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Ditch Witch

The SK650 mini skid steer from Ditch Witch is equipped with a 31-hp Kubota diesel engine and directs 20 hp to the attachment. The unit features a foot pedal auxiliary control that allows the operator to drive the attachment by foot, freeing up his hands to control depth and ground speed. With an 8-gallon fuel tank capacity, most jobs can be completed without stopping for fuel. Ditch Witch engineers mounted an attachment-level indicator to the attachment lift frame allowing the operator to see if the attachment is level.
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Caterpillar introduces four new C-Series skid-steer loaders — 246C, 256C, 262C (pictured) and 272C — that feature electro-hydraulic joystick control of the hydrostatic system and electronic torque management for smooth operation and high productivity. With a rated operating capacity of 3,250 pounds, the 272C is the largest capacity skid-steer loader from Caterpillar. The vertical lift 272C is joined by the smaller 262C, which has an operating capacity of 2,700 pounds and also features vertical lift for enhanced truck-loading capabilities. The 246C and 256C are radial-lift machines with rated operating capacities of 2,150 pounds and 2,350 pounds respectively.
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Bobcat introduces the S70 skid-steer loader that has a rated operating capacity of 700 pounds and is powered by a 23.5-hp diesel engine. The engine powers a fully hydrostatic, four-wheel-drive system with a travel speed of 6.1 mph. With an operating weight of 2,845 pounds, the S70 is also easy to transport. The loader is 71.4 inches high, 35.4 inches wide and 75.5 inches long without an attachment. The unit replaces the model 463, and incorporates new features including an updated engine mount, hydrostatic pump centering and belt drive system.
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The Case 400 Series 3 line of skid-steer loaders feature engines of increased power, redesigned cabs and improved serviceability for the 410, 420, 430, 435, 440 (pictured), 445, 450 and 465 models. The new cabs available for all Series 3 models feature a 7-percent increase in headroom and 6-percent increase in lap-bar width, along with improved forward, side, rear and overhead visibility. A suspension seat comes standard, while a new cushioned lap bar with arm rest and ergonomically designed control handles provides more comfort and space when operating the machines.
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New Holland

The New Holland Super Boom skid steers feature fuel-efficient Tier-3 engines and significant enhancements to the cab. The seven models range from 1,350- to 2,800-pound rated operating capacity and provide a dump reach of up to 102.8 inches as well as breakout forces of up to 7,670 pounds. Easy-to-change attachments expand the machines' versatility and productivity ranging from augers, grapples and pallet forks to tillers, tree spades and snow blades. The cab features glass doors that open 90 degrees for easy operator ingress/egress and provides improved visibility.
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