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.

Unlike in a conventional front loader, the lift arms in these machines are alongside the driver with the pivot points behind the driver's shoulders. Because of the operator's proximity to moving booms, early skid loaders were not as safe as conventional front loaders, particularly during entry and exit of the operator. Modern skid loaders have fully enclosed cabs and other features to protect the operator. Like other front loaders, it can push material from one location to another, carry material in its bucket or load material into a truck or trailer.

The conventional bucket of many skid loaders can be replaced with a variety of specialized buckets or attachments, many powered by the loader's hydraulic system. These include backhoe, hydraulic breaker, pallet forks, angle broom, sweeper, auger, mower, snow blower, stump grinder, tree spade, trencher, dumping hopper, pavement miller, ripper, tillers, grapple, tilt, roller, snow blade, wheel saw, cement mixer, and wood chipper machine.
Save time and money by using a skid steer loader to shoulder the weight of time-consuming, labor-intensive tasks. Sellers on eBay offer a wide selection of these small and incredibly versatile laborsaving machines, including models from big-name brands such as John Deere, Caterpillar, and Case. With such a large choice of heavy equipment, in new, used, and refurbished condition, it is easy to find exactly what you need, whether it is for domestic or commercial use.

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.


SSL (skid steer loader) refers to the standard wheeled machine.  CTL (compact track loader) and MTL (multi-terrain loader) refer to different undercarriage designs.  CTLs feature a steel embedded track and steel undercarriage components for maximum life in many applications.  MTLs have a rubber track undercarriage that delivers lower ground pressure compared to an SSL and CTL so they don’t tear up the ground as badly.

The Melroe brothers, of Melroe Manufacturing Company in Gwinner, North Dakota, purchased the rights to the Keller loader in 1958 and hired the Kellers to continue refining their invention. As a result of this partnership, the M-200 Melroe self-propelled loader was introduced at the end of 1958. It featured two independent front-drive wheels and a rear caster wheel, a 12.9 hp (9.6 kW) engine and a 750-pound (340 kg) lift capacity. Two years later they replaced the caster wheel with a rear axle and introduced the M-400, the first four-wheel, true skid-steer loader.[2] The M-440 was powered by a 15.5 hp (11.6 kW) engine and had an 1,100-pound (500 kg) rated operating capacity. Skid-steer development continued into the mid-1960s with the M600 loader.
El sistema contra calado aumenta al máximo la potencia de la máquina permanentemente, haciendo coincidir el par motor con los requisitos de operación del sistema hidrostático y del sistema del implemento. Esta característica de detección de carga evita que el motor se cale, aun durante la operación a acelerador parcial, lo que mantiene la productividad alta y el consumo de combustible bajo.
El sistema hidráulico de la máquina se ha fabricado para que proporcione potencia y fiabilidad máximas. Además de suministrar potencia a las ruedas, este sistema también proporciona las funciones de levantamiento e inclinación del cargador, alimenta el circuito auxiliar para impulsar las herramientas e impulsa el ventilador de enfriamiento del motor. Las bombas hidráulicas se impulsan directamente con el motor para obtener el máximo rendimiento hidráulico y una excelente fiabilidad sin utilizar correas. El sistema hidráulico también cuenta con:
The conventional bucket of many skid loaders can be replaced with a variety of specialized buckets or attachments, many powered by the loader's hydraulic system. These include backhoe, hydraulic breaker, pallet forks, angle broom, sweeper, auger, mower, snow blower, stump grinder, tree spade, trencher, dumping hopper, pavement miller, ripper, tillers, grapple, tilt, roller, snow blade, wheel saw, cement mixer, and wood chipper machine.
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."
La minicargadora se asemeja en su función a una pala cargadora, con una gran diferencia: su reducido tamaño. Esta máquina se utiliza principalmente en obras con una superficie de trabajo reducida donde no es rentable o viable utilizar máquinas de mayor tamaño o capacidad, por lo cual es común verlas en ciudades. Su función principal es la carga, transporte y descarga de volúmenes reducidos de material. Se desplaza a una velocidad de 10 km/h aproximadamente. La carga puede realizarla de un montón de material o bajar su cuchara a nivel del suelo y desplazarse frontalmente hasta llenar su cuchara de material suelto. La cuchara puede tener cuchilla o dientes y puede montar martillos hidráulicos o retros de pequeño tamaño en su parte trasera, por lo tanto es una máquina muy versátil, aunque limitada por su escasa potencia. Debido a su distribución de peso esta máquina tiende al vuelco si eleva mucho su cuchara.[cita requerida]
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