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.
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.
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."

The original skid-steer loader arms were designed using a hinge at the rear of the machine to pivot the loader arm up into the air in an arc that swings up over the top of the operator. This design tends to limit the usable height to how long the loader arm is and the height of that pivot point. In the raised position the front of the loader arm moves towards the rear of the machine, requiring the operator to move extremely close to or press up against the side of a tall container or other transport vehicle to get the bucket close enough to dump accurately. At the highest arm positions the bucket may overflow the rear of the bucket and spill directly onto the top of the machine's cab.
Our four highly versatile skid steers, ranging from 68.4 to 70.7 hp, are up to whatever daunting challenge you throw at them. Each is built around one of YANMAR’s powerful, fuel-efficient Final Tier 4 diesel engines, so they won’t back down from even the toughest job. With rated operating capacities from 1,650 to 2,700 pounds, and two easy-to-operate QuickAttach™ mounting systems, these machines are also rugged enough to handle just about any attachment you need. Couple that with spacious, high-visibility operator’s areas – built for comfort and safety – and you can work a long day without feeling like you did.
Rakes: For land clearing, sorting, digging and aerating tasks, there are few skid-steer attachments that do as much for industrial-grade landscaping as rakes. These high-caliber pieces come in a variety of manufactured options with details tailored to your land-clearing needs. From hardened teeth to small and large-framed hoppers and grapples that collect mulch and debris, rakes are a unique attachment for any party doing heavy operational work in the outdoors.
At Ziegler, you’ll experience industry-leading customer support that will help keep you on the job. Our Cat-certified technicians are equipped with the latest diagnostics, tools, and technology so your repair gets done quickly and gets done right. Plus, our large parts inventory and distribution network allow us to fill 98.8 percent of parts orders within 24 hours.
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.
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