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What is a skid loader?
A skid loader is a stiff frame machine with mechanical arms that
can be fitted with attachments for a wide variety of different
tools, including a backhoe, hydraulic breaker, pallet forks,
angle broom, sweeper, auger, mower, snow blower, stump grinder,
tree spade, trencher, and a wheel saw.
Modern skid loaders come in two varieties, a four wheeled system
and a rubber track version. Wheeled skid loaders are typically
are four-wheel drive and for additional maneuverability, the
left and right wheels systems are independent. The track version
also referred to as a track loader provides for better digging
and pushes performance in higher end models due to less ground
disturbance and better traction in un-ideal environments like
mud and sand.
History of the skid loader machine
The first three-wheeled front-end loader was invented in 1957 by
two brothers, Cyril and Louis Keller, in a small machinist shop
in Rothsay Minnesota. The brothers conceived the idea to help a
nearby farmer with the ignoble task of cleaning up manure for a
pole barn. They wanted to help him, and out of this
collaboration the first skidder was born.
This early machine was eventually purchased by Melrose
Manufacturing Company and the Kellers brought on to continue
development. Since then it has spread to become a highly valued
piece of heavy machinery at construction and engineering site
around the globe.
What are these machines used for?
Due to the wide array of attachments available for these
vehicles , they have many uses, but mostly are employed for
scrape material from one place to another, carry materials in a
bucket and proceed to load them into a truck or trailer.
Skid loaders can also be used in tight digging situations where
factors limit the practically of using a large excavator, like
digging a basement under an existing house. In this situation a
skid loader would make use of a ramp at the edge of the site.
The loader would proceed to use the ramp to carry materials out
of the hole. The skid loader would reshape the ramp by making it
steeper and longer as the excavation deepened.
Differences between a front loader machine and a skid loader
The pivot arms on a skid loader lay behind the driver, alongside
the side of the vehicle.
Major machine manufacturers
Major manufacturers for skid loaders include the Bobcat Company,
Mustang, Case, New Holland, Komatsu, and Caterpillar <a
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