Skid steer loaders, the "Swiss Army Knives" of machines, use a wide range of mechanical and hydraulically powered attachments to accomplish varied tasks. Skid loaders, having sophisticated auxiliary hydraulic systems, are compact, highly maneuverable, and range in rated operating capacity (the weight that can be safely lifted and transported) from 500 to more than 4,000 pounds.
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. 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.
Skid Steer loaders offer great versatility. Due to their compact size and zero-radius turning circle, it is possible to use them in confined spaces where many other types of heavy machinery cannot reach. They are ideal for landscaping in parks and yards, or moving earth around a construction site; and in some cases it is possible to use them in place of a full-scale excavator to dig holes. Sellers on eBay also offer specialized buckets and attachments for clearing snow, grinding tree stumps, mowing grass, or digging trenches. With so many practical applications, skid steer loaders represent an excellent investment for small businesses looking to streamline some of their methods and improve overall workforce efficiency, and they are also useful for homeowners or farmers with a lot of land to maintain.
La amplia abertura de la cabina ofrece una vista excepcional de la herramienta. El ángulo inclinado del compartimiento del motor permite una excelente visibilidad de la parte trasera de la máquina. El espejo retrovisor estándar proporciona al operador una vista panorámica de la parte trasera y de la parte lateral de la máquina. Las ventanas laterales se quitan fácilmente para permitir la limpieza.
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: