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  • Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders

    Posted on April 16th, 2009 admin No comments

    Skid steer loaders, or “Bobcats” as they are often referred to, are one of the most adaptable construction machines available. In addition to being extremely maneuverable and compact, they can easily rotate a large variety of different attachments which makes them ideal for many different industries, including construction, landscaping, manufacturing and demolition.

    Bobcat skid steer loaders come standard with four wheels built close together, however they can also be fitted with tracks for slick, muddy conditions. Usually the engine is located behind the cab, and there are two arms that run from the back to the front and latch on to the attachments, which do most of the work (plows for shoveling, augers for drilling).

    The actual “skid steer” term is used because of how the vehicle drives. Instead of driving like a car, by turning the wheels in a certain direction, a skid steer loader turns by moving the wheels on one side while stopping the wheels on the opposite side. This causes the skid steer to “skid” on the wheels that are stopped, pivoting around them. By operating this way skid steers have the ability to turn around inside their own length, making them extremely maneuverable in compact environments.

    The brand name “Bobcat” is often loosely associated with all skid steers. Most dealers will understand what you are asking for if you say “Bobcat,” but its best to use the generic skid steer term unless you are specifically asking for the Bobcat skidsteer brand.

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