Caterpillar is a global leader in construction equipment. They have an excellent reputation and produce high quality machines.
The Cat skid steer is one of their most popular products. They launched their first skid steer in 1999 and now produce eight different models. A skid steer is a small, rigid-frame machine with a cab for the operator, a diesel engine, and lift arms that can attach to different tools such as a bucket or trencher. Cat skid steers can handle difficult jobs and are known for reliability and excellent performance.
The Cat® 226D3 Skid Steer Loader, with its radial lift design, delivers impressive mid-lift reach and excellent digging performance with outstanding drawbar power.
The Cat® 272D3 Skid Steer Loader, with its long wheel base and vertical lift design, delivers extended reach and lift height for quick and easy truck loading. Its stability and lifting performance provides excellent material handling.
The Cat® 272D3 XE Skid Steer Loader, with its powerful engine, high output hydraulic system, high lift forces and vertical lift design, provides the maximum performance for work tool productivity, digging, truck loading and material handling.
Cat has an impressive range of skid steers, each of which has its own set of specifications. However, they have the following in common:
Cat skid steers are among the best on the market. The hydraulically driven cooling fan and high-capacity cooling system stops the engine from overheating and allows you to work all day. It provides fuel efficiency, lower noise levels, excellent heater performance in the cab, and maximum horsepower. Visibility to the sides and rear of the skid steer is increased with a rear view mirror and there is the option of having a rear view camera. This gives a wide-angle picture of the blind spots. All the skid steers have a security system that gives protection from thieves.
There are eight models in the Cat line of skid steers. The most popular are the 226D3, the 272D3, and the 272D3XE. All have many similarities but they also have their own set of specifications meaning that you can use them for different applications.
The 272D3XE is the most powerful of the skid steers on offer so can easily handle any type of construction work and truck loading. It is powered by a 110-horsepower diesel engine that offers a lot of torque. The rating operating capacity is 3700 pounds and the operating weight is 9873 pounds. It has a vertical lift design, providing maximum performance and extended reach. There is integrated SMART technology that automates attachments. It gives a smooth ride and is quiet and comfortable. Other features include:
This is the million-dollar question. To answer, you will need to consider your requirements. What sort of work will you be doing? Will you be using the skid steer on a regular basis or will you be using it intermittently or only for a one-off job? If you are a construction business, the chances are high that you will need a skid steer on a regular basis. Cat machines are high-quality, reliable, and built to last so would be a good investment. With them, the chances are high that you won’t be landed with big repair bills. However, if you don’t plan to use a skid steer that often, it makes more sense, and is more cost-effective, to rent one.