The Coolest and Most Creative Compact Equipment of 2016
The bad news: Future growth in construction and landscaping will require increased skills and productivity to stay competitive. The good news: Manufacturers from Cat to Yanmar are creating cutting-edge equipment to help machine owners reach that ever-increasing goal for more efficiency. With a serious shortage of skilled workers, contractors are specifically searching for the most innovative machinery (the toughest skid steers, most productive excavators, safest wheel loaders, most versatile tractors) to help offset workforce woes and increase production and performance. Well, search no more. To expedite the process, we just went ahead and gathered together that list for you, highlighting the most inventive off-highway equipment, diesel engines, hand tools and OEM services and systems released to the market in 2016. We were challenged with picking the best of the best, but that just makes the honor of inclusion that much more impressive.
Compact Size, Big ROC
Sometimes you need serious strength and sizable lift in a mid-sized package. Filling those requirements for compact size and power, the S595 skid steer loader from Bobcat is a 500-frame-size loader boasting a 2,200-lb rated operating capacity (ROC), making it ideal for those who need to lift and carry more material, without moving up to a larger machine size. Operators looking for increased performance and productivity in a 74-hp machine will find it in the S595 skid steer loader. The vertical-lift-path S595 is able to lift loads higher, making it easier to clear high-sided truck boxes and hoppers. Operators working in construction, landscaping and agriculture, as well as many other market segments, will definitely appreciate this model because of its compact size and performance.