Here’s a Summary of Vermeer’s Mini Skid Steer Lineup

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Seven Models Designed with the Operator in Mind

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Vermeer, based in Pella, Iowa, began manufacturing mini skid steers in 2003 to help contractors optimize productivity on the job. Over the years, the product line has grown to include seven mini skid steer models with power ranging from 24.8 to 40 hp. Vermeer mini skid steers are designed specifically for professional contractors and are lightweight and compact, enabling them to operate in tight working areas. They come with a wide variety of attachments and a universal mounting plate for easy hookup. With an operating capacity range from 500 to 1,600 lbs and industry-leading safety features, Vermeer mini skid steers are highly productive and maneuverable, ideal for handling challenging workloads on tough worksites.

Vermeer offers a lineup of seven models of mini skid steers, each designed with the professional operator in mind. The latest addition to this robust lineup is the CTX160. This model stands out due to its SAE rated operating capacity of 1,600 lbs, 16.7 gpm of auxiliary hydraulic flow and a width of 42 in. These specifications make it an excellent choice for challenging tasks across a range of industries, including landscaping, hardscaping, rental, utility and general construction work.

A key capability of the CTX160 is its ability to move heavy material efficiently. In addition, it is designed to work seamlessly with ground-engaging attachments and is highly maneuverable in tight operating areas. A standout feature is its ability to pass through a standard gate, a testament to its compact yet powerful design. It boasts a vertical-lift path design with a hinge-pin dump height of 88.75 in. for efficient clearance when dumping material into a trailer or truck. The CTX160 is powered by a 40-hp turbocharged Kohler KDI diesel engine, which eliminates the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

All Vermeer mini skid steers are equipped with controls and joysticks designed with the professional operator in mind and are built to provide a control station that is intuitive and efficient. This is evident in the unique chariot-style, ride-on platform that offers stability and comfort, even on uneven terrain. Vermeer units are equipped with ISO-pattern joystick controls, common in construction equipment, which lets operators get the hang of the controls quickly, cutting down on learning time and boosting productivity with two hydraulic levers for high-flow and low-flow attachments and a throttle leveler to control engine speed.

All Vermeer mini skid steers are backed by a three-year/3,000-hour limited warranty on the loader arms.

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Advice for Operation

“When operating mini skid steers, remember that while their tight turning radius makes them flexible in different work scenarios, it’s best to avoid making sharp turns whenever possible,” says Kyle Newendorp, product specialist at Vermeer. “Sharp turns can potentially damage softer surfaces like grass and can also lead to premature wear and tear on tracks or tires. If possible, try to make your turns more gradual, as this can help minimize the need for restoration work.”

This article was compiled with the help of Vermeer.