Terex has launched a full range of skid steer
loaders, based on its existing compact tracked loader line. The range features
four vertical lift path skid steers and four radius lift path machines. The
loaders have up to 10.5inches (266mm) of ground clearance and offer a 29° rear
angle of departure on medium frame models and 26° on large frame machines.
All of the skid steers provide high tractive
effort, up to 8,453lb (3,834kg) on the medium frame models and 8,700lb
(3,946kg) on larger loaders. The driveline can be specified with single or
two-speed transmissions, with a top travel speed of 12mph (19km/hour). The
Terex skid steers also come with large fuel tank capacities to allow prolonged
working and reduced downtime.
Despite the skid steer market suffering badly
over the last two years, Terex chief operating officer Ron DeFeo insisted that
now is the time to get into the market. He said that skid steer sales rely on a
house building program, which has disappeared over the last two years in the
US. However he believes that house building will have to start again soon,
leading to recovery in the skid steer sector.
“It is best to get in the market at the bottom
and grow our share with the market,” said DeFeo.
The response from dealers to the new line has
been very positive. Despite increasing production capacity, the firm said that
it will not be able to build enough skid steer loaders this year to meet the