Specializing in Battery-Powered Construction Equipment
Since its inception, Cratos Equipment has had one goal: Make contractors’ lives easier. The company began by introducing the world’s first and only battery-powered mini skid steer, the Sherpa 100ECO. Since then, the company has expanded its product line to include a mini skid steer with more pushing power and speed, the Sherpa 2Speed, several battery-powered dumpers and a battery-powered mini excavator, the CMX18.
The Sherpa 100ECO remains the most popular piece of equipment in the Cratos fleet, gaining notoriety for its versatility and 31-in. width. Much sought after across North America, the Sherpa mini skid steer remains the only battery-powered compact loader that can easily fit through a standard door, has a swappable battery and is built tough for indoor demolition.
After years of manual labor, the human body suffers significant damage. In fact, according to scientists and various studies, manual labor is linked to a much greater risk of earlier death. However, with the versatile Sherpa mini skid steer, Cratos Equipment has been able to keep jobsites safer and improve the working conditions of many construction workers.
The Sherpa 100ECO has been altered over time with minor changes to make servicing the machine more effortless, but the overall size and mechanics of the machine have gone unchanged. The machine has always been 31 in. wide, weighed under 1,600 lbs and had a full dump height of over 6 ft. It is the perfect machine to clear debris in an occupied building with fume restrictions or general landscaping without the noise of a combustion engine. Similar to the 100ECO, the Sherpa 2Speed has a width of 31 in. that makes it easy to maneuver through single doors and into tight indoor areas. The new mini skid steer also has a multi-functional speed setting that results in optimal performance and additional versatility.
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The Sherpa 2Speed pushes harder and drives faster, all in the same compact size as its predecessor, the Sherpa 100ECO. It also gives the operator a choice between two speeds. The machine has increased torque at the low-speed setting and can easily spin in a small circle, giving the operator complete control over the movements. When placed at high speed, the machine has a higher hydraulic flow, allowing the operator to travel longer distances faster.
There are a metric ton of attachments for the Sherpa line of mini skid steers due to their hydraulic auxiliary functions. Currently, the company offers more than 30 different attachments ranging from hydraulic clamps and pallet forks to concrete mixers and vacuum lifts. The most popular attachments are the grapple bucket and vacuum lifting system. Still, each customer is different and can get a custom solution to help make their project easier.
The Sherpa 100ECO has been used in the largest LEED Double Platinum Certified building in the United States and at The California Academy of Sciences for green roof maintenance and landscaping. This unit was once even used in Miami Children’s Hospital for a unique demolition project while surgery took place on the other side of the wall. Cratos Equipment believes the electric motor makes this the most versatile compact tool carrier available in the marketplace today.
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“In today’s economy, it is becoming harder and harder to find quality employees to do demanding labor work. Having the right tools for the job and training the operator to use the tool properly can make a huge difference between a successful project and a disastrous one,” says Alex Berg, founder and CEO of Cratos Equipment. “The key is understanding which tools are the right ones, and how they can impact the project in the most beneficial way.”
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