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Quick Look at Loaders

February 18, 2010
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
 
 

 

Whether you are relocating seed pallets, moving dirt or feeding hay, a skid loader can be a big help and time saver.
 
At the National Farm Machinery Show, several makes and models of skid loaders were on display.
 
Here's a look at three:
 
Bobcat Compact Track Loaders

It has been more than 10 years since Bobcat had made drastic changes to their loaders.
 
Tanner Schilke, Bobcat field product representative, says overall the main improvement is the cab design.
 
The cab was moved forward to increase visibility from the front, he says. Additionally the controls have been moved to be more convenient for the user and Bobcat incorporated bigger windows on all sides.
 
Bobcat offers six models of loaders.
 
Learn more: www.bobcat.com
 
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Caterpillar Loaders
Loaders come in three main types from Caterpillar:
  • Skid steer loaders: lower in cost, used for such tasks as snow removal
  • Compact track loaders: used in rocky terrains and for demolition
  • Multi-terrain loaders: used for dirt applications
 
All models come with a wide variety of attachments, such as augers, backhoes, buckets, hammers, trenchers and rakes.
 
Caterpillar offers 10 models of skid steer loaders, three models of compact track loaders and five loaders of multi-terrain loaders.
 
 
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Gehl Skid Loaders

Gehl's latest addition to their skid loader line is the V270, a vertical-lift skid loader.
 
Rick Laws, Gehl district development manager, says a key feature about the machine is its 130" lift height.
 
In addition, the new machine has large side screens and a low-profile lift arm to provide more visibility.
 
Gehl offers several models of skid, articulated and vertical-lift loaders.
 
Learn more: www.gehl.com


For More Information

 
You can e-mail Sara Schafer at sschafer@farmjournal.com.
 

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