A Look at LoadersMay 26, 2016
A Range of Loaders for a Range of Needs
Cat® loaders rank among the most versatile and commonly used types of heavy equipment. Found on jobs sites around the world, they play an active role in the success of construction, agriculture, material handling, mining and other operations. To support the needs of a wide range of clients, several different types of loaders are available, all of which can be complemented by multiple work tools and attachment options.
Think you know Cat loaders? Let’s look at some of the main varieties of this diverse class of machines:
- Wheel loaders feature heavy-duty wheels that make them easy to operate on both rough and smooth surfaces. A front-mounted hydraulic arm is equipped with a high capacity bucket for pushing, moving, digging and other applications. Wheel loaders range in size from compact models that can be easily transported to heavy-duty machines suitable for the most demanding jobs.
- Track loaders are similar to wheel loaders but, as the name implies, they feature a heavy-duty track in place of wheels. This makes them better equipped for work in rough terrain, including forestry and waste handling applications.
- Multi-terrain loaders are track loaders that have been specially engineered to deliver low ground pressures, making them suitable for work in soft or delicate environments where other machines can’t go. Accordingly, they are smaller machines that can often be transported on a truck or trailer for added convenience.
- Backhoe loaders are typically larger wheel loaders equipped with both a front bucket and a rear-mounted hydraulic arm that can be outfitted with a number of tools. Their added versatility greatly expands their working capabilities, making them an ideal choice for demolitions, excavations, paving and asphalt breaking, as well as other general construction tasks where enhanced digging, trenching, back-filling or material handling is required.
- Skid steers are wheel loaders that have been designed for applications requiring power and performance in a small package. They generally offer tighter turning radiuses and a smaller footprint, making them suitable for residential landscaping and construction, agriculture and other applications.
Choosing the Right Loader for You
The various models of Cat loaders available today make it possible to select a machine that will deliver enhanced performance in nearly any application. Choosing the right loader for your task requires a careful consideration of your needs. Factors such as the machine’s intended application, the conditions you typically work in, your budget and more will all play into your decision.
One of the best ways to buy with confidence is to rent a wheel loader for a trial period before making a decision. At Fabick Cat, our rent-to-own program allows you to put a portion of your fees toward a down payment. For more information, or to speak with a representative about your options, get in touch with a location near you today.