Product Focus: Compact utility loaders

Take a seat with these compact utility loaders
Gehl’s Avantage compact utility loaders have articulated steering and operating load ratings up to 700 pounds. Unlike stand-behind compact utility loaders, the Gehl machines literally put you in the driver’s seat, with an adjustable padded seat, seatbelt and armrests. Some models in the lineup are as narrow as 331/2 inches, giving the machines the ability to maneuver in tight spaces. The four-wheel-drive units have a 20-horsepower diesel engine. Fast attachment changes are enhanced by flat-face, drip less auxiliary hydraulic couplers and a quick-attach system.


Remain high and dry regardless of terrain
The redesigned Model 35DT tracked compact utility loader by Thomas Equipment has an enclosed drive system; integrated, large volume fuel and hydraulic oil reservoirs; and a larger operator compartment. The unit’s track drive has a longer wheelbase than previous models, plus increased wrap around the drive sprockets, which reduces the possibility of slippage or ratcheting. The ride-on loader’s 9-inch rubber tracks are designed to provide smooth operation, increased flotation and maximum traction while keeping the operator high and dry regardless of the terrain. Powered by a 25-horsepower Kubota diesel engine, the unit has a 2,200-pound breakout force. The 11.5-gallon-per-minute hydraulic output and a maximum speed of 4.4 mph allow quick work cycles.


Foot pedal drive allows you to concentrate on depth, ground speed
The Ditch Witch SK650 by The Charles Machine Works is equipped with a 31-horsepower Kubota turbo diesel engine and directs 20-net-hosepower to the attachment. Both the fuel and hydraulic tanks are mounted on the outside of the machine’s frame, which allows increased capacities for both tanks. Quick-disconnect attachment fittings allow attachments to be changed with the hydraulic system under pressure. The unit is also equipped with a foot pedal auxiliary control that lets you drive the attachment by foot, freeing up your hands to control depth and ground speed. An attachment-level indicator to the attachment lift frame allows you to quickly note if the attachment is level.


Tracked footprint translates into minimal compaction
The Boxer Brute TRX by Compact Power has a compact footprint of 44 inches by 70 inches with an operating capacity of 900 pounds. The model’s 9-inch-by-42-inch rubber tracks offer traction and flotation with minimal compaction since the unit’s operating weight of 2,450 pounds (with operator) is distributed over 331 square inches of ground per track, translating to 3.7 psi of ground pressure. The quick-attach-system-equipped TRX can handle more than 50 universal compact utility attachments.


Use more than 35 quick-change attachments
Toro’s Dingo TX425 wide track compact utility loader has more than 35 quick-change attachments that can handle a variety of landscape and difficult-to-navigate terrain. A four-pump, independent hydraulic system allows you to direct power where and when it’s needed. A dedicated auxiliary hydraulic circuit provides 11.2 gallons per minute of flow at 3,000 psi.


Direct hydraulic power where you need it most
Ramrod’s 905 and 915 Taskmasters offer variable power adjustments, allowing you to direct the hydraulic power where you need it most: to the drive wheels or tracks or to the hydraulic attachments. Both models can lift 930 pounds to the 72-inch hinge pin and carry up to 2,000 pounds.


Ride with ease on spring-cushioned platform
Vermeer Manufacturing’s S600TX rubber track compact utility loader comes with a spring-cushioned platform positioned within the framework of the machine, reducing the need to walk through debris, mud and uneven terrain. At 14 1/2 inches high, the platform provides visibility to the attachment and bucket edge, and operator station console cushions help reduce operator fatigue.


Redesigned Kanga units have full instrumentation
The 5, 6 and 7 Series models from Kanga now have several new features, including a standard electric fuel gauge, full instrumentation, auxiliary power outlets and horsepower increases of up to 25 percent from previous models. The units’ also have wider operating platforms and a clearly visible hydraulic fluid level sight gauge.


Backhoe attachment gives easy access to under-hood items
Bobcat, a business of Ingersoll Rand, now offers the M06 backhoe attachment for its MT50 through MT55 models. The 36-inch-wide (41.8 inches wide with stabilizer pads) M06 has a 6-foot dig depth and is available with either a 9-inch or 12-inch bucket. The model has a flip-up and pivoting seat for easy access to under-hood items without having to remove the attachment.