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.
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."
One size does not fit all when it comes to skid steers. Bigger is not universally better, while smaller units come with their own limitations and maintenance details a savvy purchaser shouldn't overlook. It's important to consult skid-steer size charts to take into account three major variables: A unit's engine model, its horsepower and its rated operating capacity (ROC).
Enhanced high-flow auxiliary hydraulics package. To get the most from your pound-per-square inch flow, enhanced high-flow packages can be installed into your skid steer to boost their output to 4,000 psi. They maintain similar gallon-per-minute rates as their high-flow counterparts, and are required for attachments that need the maximum hydraulic pressure allotment to run.
When it comes time to buy your new or used skid steer, attachments can't be an afterthought. They're engineered for specific purposes and are meant to be installed with particular steer units. When matched correctly, they complete a project in the smoothest and most efficient manner. Here, we've compiled a list of the most common skid-steer attachments for you to have on hand at your work site:
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.

Buckets: What is a skid steer without its bucket? The two go hand-in-hand across the most basic of skid-steer applications — and through the most complex. Engineered buckets attach seamlessly to their skid steers and aid in digging, loading and transferring of carried materials. Buckets can also come with a range of specialized teeth, heights, widths and bucket capacities to further compound their digging and transportation abilities, made to handle various materials like snow, rock, grapple buckets and combinations.

Visit our Cat Compact Loader Maintenance page on Cat.com. Take advantage of special offers on Cat Parts, shop for parts online, access maintenance schedules and get info on both tires and tracks. Also available for download is our latest Parts Reference Guide - listing out all part numbers required for the first 2,000+ hours of your Cat Skid Steer, Compact Track and Multi Terrain Loaders.
A skid-steer loader can sometimes be used in place of a large excavator by digging a hole from the inside. The skid loader first digs a ramp leading to the edge of the desired excavation. It then uses the ramp to carry material out of the hole. The skid loader reshapes the ramp making it steeper and longer as the excavation deepens. This method is particularly useful for digging under a structure where overhead clearance does not allow for the boom of a large excavator, such as digging a basement under an existing house. Several companies make backhoe attachments for skid-steers. These are more effective for digging in a small area than the method above and can work in the same environments. Other applications may consist of transporting raw material around a job site, or assisting in the rough grading process.
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