Five Compact Tool Carriers Ranging from 24 to 40 hp
Founded in Pella, Iowa, Vermeer serves customers in more than 60 countries with a full line of tree care, landscaping, rental, environmental, underground construction, surface mining and agricultural equipment. Vermeer introduced its first compact tool carrier in 2003 to help contractors in the landscape, rental, tree care and utility markets complete jobs more efficiently.
Vermeer currently offers five compact tool carriers ranging from 24.8 to 40 hp. The newest addition to the Vermeer compact tool carrier portfolio is the CTX100. It features vertical-lift arms and has a 1,035-lb rated operating capacity, a tipping capacity of 2,958 lbs and a full lift height of 88 in. The CTX100 is the largest in the Vermeer compact utility loader lineup with a 40-hp turbocharged Kohler KDI diesel engine and utilizes a dual auxiliary hydraulic system. A unique chariot-style platform design also helps keep the operator out of the mud and debris and provides optimal viewing of attachments during operation.
The CTX50 features vertical-lift arms and has a 600-lb rated operating capacity, a tipping capacity of 1,715 lbs and a full lift height of 72 in. The CTX50 has a 25-hp Kohler Command PRO electronic fuel-injected gasoline engine and utilizes a four-pump hydraulic system. A unique stand-on platform design also helps keep the operator out of the mud and debris and provides optimal viewing of attachments during operation.
The S450TX offers the customer the ability to customize the machine with the choice of track options. A narrow 7-in. track provides a smaller machine footprint for tight work areas, such as landscaping applications and residential construction. The standard 9-in.-wide track offers reduced ground pressure for increased floatation and stability.
The S725TX has a 24.8-hp diesel engine and can handle a wide array of jobs — from irrigation systems and hardscape projects to tree care removal and fiber-optic installations. Its compact size of 42 in. wide allows the operator to maneuver through gates and other tight spaces. Characterized by easy-to-use, single pilot-operated joysticks and an operator’s station that helps keep you out of jobsite debris, the new S725TX offers the ultimate in both operator comfort and safety, says Toro.
The S800TX has a 40 hp Kubota EFI gas engine that offers a number of benefits — compared to conventional carbureted engines — such as lower fuel consumption, easier maintenance, improved starting due to the elimination of the choke and cleaner emissions. The high-horsepower engine delivers 88.5 lbf of torque, equipping customers with versatility and power to do more with one machine.
Advice to Buyers
“When purchasing a mini skid steer, the safety features should be top of mind,” Jack Shipley, from Vermeer, says. “Each machine will always be equipped with a certain amount of horsepower and lift capacity to help suit your jobsite needs, but again safety should always be a big priority. When purchasing a mini skid steer, pay attention to the operator and control station before making your decision and ask questions. What are the safety features on this unit? Do I feel safe operating this machine? How will my crew be using this machine? Are these controls easy to operate? Making sure your machine has intuitive controls and is equipped with appropriate safety features can help the operator stay efficient on the job.”