Tag: skid loader

A skid loader, skid-steer loader, or skidsteer, is a small, rigid-frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments. Many manufacturers have their own versions of this vehicle, including Kubota, Bobcat, Terex, Case, Caterpillar, Gehl Company, Hyundai, JCB, JLG, John Deere, Komatsu, LiuGong, New Holland, Volvo, Wacker Neuson, and others.

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Two entities are the major players for stormwater projects—green and gray—in Madison. One of those players is the city itself, which as of 2014 had a population more than 245,000. The other is the University of Wisconsin’s (UW’s) main branch. Its flagship campus of the UW system covers 936 acres

Basic Principles of Hydraulic Systems

Basic Principles of Hydraulic Systems

The Greek philosopher Archimedes once said, “Give me a place to stand, and I can move the world.” He was talking about leverage, but the same force multiplying principle applies to hydraulics. Simply put, hydraulics is a way to multiply force by utilizing an incompressible fluid (typically oil). The initial

Gehl Reveals Three Brand New Skid Loaders

Gehl Reveals Three Brand New Skid Loaders

Gehl is pleased to announce the all-new mid-frame R Series skid loaders – the R135, R150 and R165 – for the North American market. The all-new R150 adds another mid-frame skid loader to the range with 46 hp and 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of capacity. The R135 replaces the model

Compact Essentials

Compact Essentials

With jobs flowing back into the industry through residential construction and oil-and-gas earthmoving work, grading and excavating contractors who have been hibernating on equipment purchases are now coming forward to add more to what for many has become an outdated fleet. The jobs may be smaller in size, necessitating compact

Heavy Equipment for the Job Site

Heavy Equipment for the Job Site

Bulldozers first appeared around 1930 and typically have a tracked undercarriage, which distributes the machine’s weight over a larger area than do tires, producing less ground damage, in addition to providing better mobility in rough terrain. A number of companies manufacture bulldozers, including Caterpillar, Case, Komatsu, Bobcat, John Deere, New

Sizing Up the Right Wall

Sizing Up the Right Wall

For retaining wall contractors, the long-term goal of a solid retaining wall that will not fail is the primary consideration, but just as important is how the material will hold up to challenges inherent in constructing it. Weather, tight spaces, poor-quality soils, suitable backfill, and time and budget constraints are

Backhoe Loaders Can Do

I said it quite innocently. The man with me was the new representative of a manufacturer and he said he could make a construction machine do more than one task and wouldn’t I like to have one of those? “Backhoe loaders have been doing multiple tasks for years!” I laughed.

Perils and Potholes

Though trailers may seem the unglamorous part of the equipment and machinery mix, they are no less vital in making things work, as equipment both huge and small must get to where the work is. As the expansion of compact earthmoving and other equipment continues, trailers to haul such machinery

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