Terex introduced its line of skid steer loaders in January 2011 to complement its line of compact equipment, which includes compact track loaders, backhoe loaders, compact excavators and compact wheel loaders.
The Terex line of skid steer loaders includes nine models (four radial-lift path models and five vertical-lift path units), ranging from 1,500 to 3,600 lbs of rated operating capacity and 50 to 85 hp. The company’s wide offering gives customers loader options for most any job they might encounter. Terex skid steer loaders have many unique features, including: 10 in. of ground clearance for pushing through rugged underfoot conditions; one-side daily service checks to make routine maintenance easy; mechanically faced axle seals to provide long life for the axle bearings; low tower design for visibility; high tractive effort to push harder; joystick control for smooth and easy operation; tilt-up ROPS to accommodate maintenance checks; low tower design for visibility around the machine; and an optional hydraulic quick-attach system. Terex also offers performance-matched attachments for these loaders.
In addition to the features already mentioned, customers said that skid steer loader cab environments needed to be more comfortable and intuitive for the operator. Other features include pressurized cabs and roominess for the operator.
The technology Terex incorporates into its skid steer loader line is directly related to enhancing these machines’ productivity that, in turn, improves its customers’ cost of ownership, ROI and overall brand and product experience. For example, Terex is currently using EGR diesel engines with DPF exhaust systems on its Tier 4-compliant models as they best align with customers’ needs, based on how they use these machines. The biggest advantage with the Terex Tier 4 solutions is the increased horsepower of the unit, as well as added features like enhanced serviceability and increased performance.
The open design of the loaders offers ease of access to all critical components, as well as a tilt-back cooler and ROPS for quick access to the hydraulic system and rear-door, hood and side panel access to the engine compartment. Terex skid steer loaders are also designed with load-sensing hydraulics to ensure that fuel and energy are not wasted on surplus hydraulic power, so operators can push material, dig, grade and drive through the toughest jobsite conditions, yet conserve power when requirements are less demanding.
Advice to Buyers
“To choose the right loader, analyze the specs of the project,” said Jamie Wright, product manager with Terex Construction. “What type of material needs to be moved? What is the density? How much needs to be moved? Horsepower and operating capacity are two important factors: Higher horsepower offers more dynamic force for production. But, it’s also important to know the loader’s operating capacity — the loader needs to be able to handle the materials it’s moving. The weight of the material, and how quickly it needs to be moved, will also determine the size of the bucket needed.”