10 Innovative Models Built with American Pride
Gehl began manufacturing agricultural implements out of West Bend, Wis., in 1859. From those humble beginnings in a blacksmith shop, the Gehl brand has become a major force in the compact equipment industry worldwide. Today, Gehl’s leading edge research and design facility is still located in West Bend, with North American manufacturing operations in Yankton, S.D., Madison, S.D., Waco, Texas, and Belvidere, Ill.
Gehl’s North American skid loader line consists of 10 models. The small- to medium-frame family includes the hard-working, durable R105, R135, R150 and R165 skid loaders. With engines rated from 33.1 to 68.4 hp and clearance circles (including bucket) from 69.4 to 73.6 in., these machines offer a lot of power in a compact frame.
Large-frame skid loaders round out Gehl’s range with the R190, R220, R260, V270 GEN:2, V330 GEN:2 and V420 models. The R190, R220 and R260 models feature radial-lift path geometries, providing high performance in ground engaging applications. The V270 GEN:2, V330 GEN:2 and V420 are equipped with vertical-lift path configurations, offering greater capability in lift-and-place applications. All Gehl skid loaders feature one of the broadest ranges of control patterns in the industry, allowing operators to do what they do best, how they do it best.
The V420 is the newest to the Gehl skid loader line. With an operating weight of 11,665 lbs, it is the largest skid loader offered on the market today. A vertical-lift path of almost 12 ft gives this machine excellent dumping and loading performance while Gehl’s trademarked Hydraglide system delivers a smoother ride and less material spillage. Performance is enhanced with high-flow auxiliary hydraulics that offer hydraulic flows up to 41 gpm. The Gehl V420 is configured to be a true tool carrier — coming standard with the features needed to operate attachments such as mulching heads, cold planers, rock wheels and many more.
On all Gehl skid loaders, an exclusive Powerview boom provides visibility to work areas along the side of the machine, as well as to the bucket. Extra-long wheelbase lengths provide smooth rides, while engines deliver optimal performance. Serviceability is thoughtfully designed into every skid loader, says Gehl. Service points are easily located, and ROPS structures tilt for full access when needed. Safety is always a focus, and with Level 2 ROPS structures, operators are protected in the cab. Additional features include ample grab handles and standard front and rear work lighting.
Advice to Buyers
“If you are considering renting, choose a machine that matches your primary application not your largest application,” says Nathan Ryan, Gehl global product manager of skid and track loaders. “For maximum return on investment, purchase a machine that you will use every day and rent the machine you need for bigger jobs.”