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Skid Steer Loaders

Competitively Priced Skid Steer for Sale South Africa

The first version of the skid steer loader was developed in 1957 by two brothers. The equipment was invented to clean out a turkey barn and through the years, skid steer loaders have grown to become popular and important pieces of equipment that do a lot more than merely cleaning out barns.

Skid steer loaders are powerful and versatile, with a wide range of attachments that can be used, making a skid steer loader perfect in different industries in South Africa, including construction, landscaping, material handling, and agriculture.

For a skid steer for sale in South Africa at an unbeatable price, get in touch with our team.

What is a Skid Steer Loader?

A Skid steer loader, also known just as a skid-steer, is a small construction vehicle that is used for a wide range of different use applications. Skid steers have a bucket as a default attachment, but the machine can be outfitted with a wide range of different attachments that allow them to assist in different projects.

It should also be noted that skid steers come in different sizes that suit different jobs, even those that do not necessarily require a lot of heavy construction equipment. With a skid steer, you can get the job done a lot faster and more efficiently.

The skid steer derived its name from how it moves and turns, with the angle of the wheels fixed, so that they point straight ahead. The wheels or the tracks on the side of the machine are locked in synchronisation with each other, with each having its own engines, which means that you must steer each side independently from the other side.

Because the wheels are fixed, it is not possible to steer by angling the wheel in a particular direction. Instead, the skid steer is steered by speeding up either the left or the right side of the machine, causing the wheels to drag – or skid – across the ground.

Known as differential steering, it allows the operator to make zero-degree radius turns. This is an especially helpful feature in small spaces where precision is a priority.

Guide to Skid Steer Loader Size

All skid steers are small in comparison to larger types of heavy equipment, but they still come in a wide range of sizes. The size of a skid steer refers to the size of the frame, weight, power, and capacity.

Caterpillar typically offers eight different skid steer models for sale, ranging from between 2.5 to 4.3 tonnes. These models differ in their horsepower where the larger models will subsequently offer more than smaller machines.

In addition, the rated operating capacity (ROC) is another crucial metric to consider when choosing the right skid steer because it tells you the maximum load that a skid steer can lift without tipping.

The smallest CAT steer skid can safely lift under 1 tonne while the largest can lift over 1.6 tonnes.

  • Small skid steers are perfect for jobs in narrow, confined spaces like interior demolition, underground construction, or precision jobs involved with landscaping.
  • Mid-Size – these are a good option that is small and light while it offers significantly more power and capacity. These skid steers can be ideal for digging in confined areas where larger pieces of equipment cannot be used, given that they are fitted with the right attachments.
  • Large skid steers are perfect for heavier applications such as large-scale demolition, excavation work, roadbuilding, and several others.

Use applications for a Skid Steer Loader in South Africa

Skid Steers in South Africa are available for sale at different prices, sizes, and use applications according to their size. Skid steers can be used for the following purposes:

  • Demolition work – both interior and exterior projects using demolition sheers.
  • Roadwork and road-building – skid steers can perform any road building and maintenance tasks, with the option of attaching a cement mixer or pavement miller amongst several other attachments.
  • The removal of snow and debris by using the bucket attachment.
  • Excavation, digging, and trenching can be done by using several useful attachments that are added to the skid steer.
  • Grading and backfilling of holes, levelling the ground, and aerating it with a skid steer either with a bucket or a grading bar.
  • Mowing operations by using a rotary brush cutter on the skid steer.
  • Loading operations by using the bucket attachment to carry equipment and materials.
  • Landscaping on a small- and large-scale including tasks such as grinding stumps, chipping wood, tiling, mixing compost fertiliser, transport material, and more.
  • Agricultural work including tiling and many other tasks.
  • Material handling on different job sites and warehouses by using the fork attachment.

Why should you choose a CAT Skid Steer Loader?

You can either rent or buy a CAT skid steer, depending on your unique needs and objectives. Caterpillar is one of the most innovative and trusted brands in the industry, manufacturing the highest quality equipment for more than a century.

Caterpillar is the leader in the heavy equipment market, with top-of-the-line skid steers and a wide range of other equipment and machines offered for use across industries in South Africa, all at affordable and competitive prices.

CAT skid steers offer the following attractive features:

  • Superior operator comfort and control with impressive visibility, precision controls, and more.
  • Amazing fuel efficiency because Caterpillar is committed to ensuring that all equipment manufactured are efficient and have minimal emissions.
  • A diverse range of attachments for different uses and applications
  • Some of the best durability in the industry.

Skid Steer Loaders for sale in South Africa

Africa Power Equipment is a trusted supplier of skid steers, offering a wide range at affordable prices in South Africa, including some of the following innovative, powerful models:

  • CAT 3.3B DIT (Turbo) with a Net Flywheel Power of 53.6kW and gross power of 55.4kW, with a vertical lift design, extended reach, lift height, stability, and lifting performance.
  • CAT C2.2T with a Net Flywheel Power of 42kW and Gross power of 45.5kW, with a wide range of tool options and outstanding performance.
  • CAT C2.2 with a Net Flywheel Power of 44kW and Gross power of 44.9kW, with a vertical lift design and extended reach as well as lift height.

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