An extended reach design uses multiple hinges and parallel lifting bars on the loader arm, with the main pivot points towards the center or front of the machine. This allows the loader arm to have much greater operating height while retaining a compact design, and allows the vertical movement to be less of an arc and more straight-up vertical, to keep the bucket forward of the operator's cab, allowing safe dumping into tall containers or vehicles.

Some of the biggest names in the world produce skid steer loaders, including Bobcat, New Holland and Kubota. Consider a Boxer mini skid for domestic and small-scale applications, or invest in a powerful John Deere or Caterpillar loader for commercial use.  Even if you choose to buy a second-hand machine, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have bought something built to last.
Growing businesses looking to get the best return on their investment can benefit from purchasing a used Cat skid steer loader from Butler Machinery. The cost savings of buying used puts the legendary quality and performance of Cat equipment within reach of smaller and medium-sized organizations on a limited budget. In today’s economy, it takes the best equipment to serve your clients as diligently as possible while maintaining low overhead costs — Cat skid steer loaders deliver low costs of ownership and unbeatable uptime. Many of our newer pre-owned units are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. For older units, preventative maintenance plans and extended warranties are available to keep your purchase running its best without breaking the bank.
Offer good for qualifying customers in Ziegler CAT service territory (Minnesota and Iowa). Payment shown is based on a 60-month lease, 500 hours usage per year (2,500 hours total), does not include sales tax, and is based on current interest rates. In Iowa, sales tax is based on machine sale price, not payment. Contact your Ziegler representative for details or to learn about buyout or lease extension options. Offer is subject to credit approval and may be changed or cancelled without notice.
With nearly 50 years of serving clients in the construction, landscaping and forestry industries, Butler Machinery is the professional’s choice for used skid steer loaders in South Dakota and North Dakota. Our used inventory is constantly expanding, and it features a wide selection of quality equipment for every budget and application. We carry products by both Cat® and allied brands including Bobcat and Case. Looking for something specific, or need help choosing the best unit for you? Call a Butler Machinery sales rep today for immediate assistance. You can also visit us in person at one of our many locations throughout North and South Dakota.
No mechanical transmission: A premium hydraulic motor powers each side of a skid steer loader. These two motors each connect to a partner sprocket, and each of these sprockets then connects through industrial chains to the wheels. This simple yet streamlined system allows for the power generated by the motors to evenly distribute to the wheels, as well as reduce gear wear and increase wheel torque capabilities. The no-mechanical transmission design is as timeless as technology gets.
High-flow auxiliary hydraulics package. Upgrading a skid steer to a high-flow auxiliary hydraulics package means enhanced attachment options, run times and productivity. While they still operate under the same standard pressurization — 3,000-3,500 psi, they increase the pressure flow rate up to 38-40 gpm. High-flow systems can be added on to new skid steers purchased directly from a manufacturer or built into used steers. They're necessary when project attachments require high-flow rates in order to work, such as rock saws or landscaping mulchers and shredders.
"Knowing the specific applications the customer would like to perform will help a rental business determine the size and power of machine needed to most efficiently complete the tasks," says Rostberg. "Asking questions and getting to the core of the customer's work will help determine this. Also, while inquiring about the customer's needs, a rental business might discover opportunities to rent attachments that will help the customer more quickly and efficiently complete their job."

Backhoes: For superior digging and excavation with your skid steer, nothing beats a backhoe. These attachments are controlled from inside the cab, designed and engineered to allow digging and shifting from the operator’s seat. Certain new skid steer models can come equipped with optional auxiliary hydraulic backhoe lines for attaching further hammers, augers, thumbs and other accessories for maximum digging utility.
"Find out as much as you can about the job the skid steer is being put to," says Zupancic. "Get an idea of the dimensions of the site - especially the minimum dimensions. The worst thing for a contractor is to feel his rental provider hasn't given his business enough thought and has recommended a machine that won't fit within the most vital dimensions of the jobsite."
*Offer valid through March 2018 on leases for select compact construction machines. Offer available for qualifying customers in Ohio CAT sales territory only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Financing and published payment amounts are subject to credit approval through Cat Financial. Offer subject to machine availability. Models, work tools, and configurations shown do not necessarily reflect the exact model configuration used for promotional pricing. Payments are based on a tax lease with 0% downpayment. Lease provides 500 hours/year usage. Payments do not include tax, freight, set-up, document fees. Contact Ohio CAT for full details.
Applications that require the extra horsepower, such as dozing work, are also a good fit for large skid-steer loaders. "Basically, the large-frame skid steers are going to do the heavy lifting for a contractor," says Zupancic. "When they need a big machine to do the hard work on a big site, but they still need maximum manueverablity and versatility, they'll turn to a large skid steer."

Skid steers are dual-powered through their diesel engines and hydraulic pumps and systems. Hydraulic systems use pressurized, or hydraulic, fluids to power their associated machinery, rather than other fuel sources or the raw flow of materials. They're a vital component to your machine's overall output and getting the best skid for your project operations and budget.
For example, a homeowner or contractor working on an established lawn might be best served with a tracked machine that will cause less damage - and less rework - to the lawn, saving time and money. Or, much like the small skid-steer loaders, a mini track loader is an excellent way to access narrow or tight areas, such as through a backyard gate or in between buildings built closely together.
How does Caterpillar® compare to the competition? If you are considering purchasing a skid steer loader, you want to be knowledgeable about your options. Cat skid steer loaders are compact machines with the power and versatility to tackle big jobs. High performance power train, advanced hydraulic systems and traditional Cat reliability improve your productivity in the toughest working conditions.
Bobcat Company invented the world’s first skid-steer loader. Bobcat has celebrated a 50-year history of quality, performance and reliability. It’s no wonder they’re the world’s best selling skid-steer loader. When paired with a genuine Bobcat® attachment, each skid-steer model is a force to be reckoned with on your jobsite. And with more than a dozen models to choose from, you’ll find the right machine for any size job.
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