(Kelly Moore - Gehl Co.) Gehl has enhanced its compact product line since its beginning with skid loaders over 40 years ago. In 2009 we introduced two all-new skid-steer loaders. On the small end is the 1640E subcompact model. It has a narrow footprint - only 3 feet wide, or 42 inches with high-flotation tires. This machine is great for work in tight spaces.
S K ID S T E E R S What’s the Latest? Leading manufacturers tell us what’s new with skid steers and what’s coming up B y Jenny Lescohier, edi t or S kid steers are a staple in many rental fleets an operating weight of 8,327 pounds. and promise to be even more vital when Some of the features of the M-Series loaders are: construction activity rebounds from the • Cab-forward design brings the operator closer current economic slowdown. To help you to the work area and better overall visibility. get ready for when demand increases, we asked a • Larger door improves visibility and makes few leading skid steer manufacturers what’s new entry and exit of the machine easier. with these small machines that make a big impact. • Increased size of windows on the sides, rear Q: Does your company have any new models/ and top of the machine. product developments with its line of skid steers? • Best-in-class pressurized cab keeps operator A: (Mike Fitzgerald, Bobcat) Bobcat Company and cab interior cleaner. recently introduced its new M-Series line of skid- • New engine mounts decrease vibration and steer loaders. The first two models — S630 and S650 help to reduce noise by more than 60%. — are new models to the Bobcat line and fill the • Greater availability of adjustments to the seat gap between the existing S205 and S220 models. accommodate operators of different sizes. The S630 has a rated operating capacity (ROC) • The joysticks on models with Selectable of 2,180 pounds and an operating weight of 7,707 Joystick Controls move up-and-down with pounds. The S650 has a ROC of 2,690 pounds and the seat. • Higher standard flow and pressure on hydrau- lic system increases pro- ductivity. • Removable hydraulic hose guide protects hoses and makes changing and routing attachments eas- ier. • Tractive effort increased 15 to 20%. • Hydraulic couplers mounted on
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