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Skid steer loaders are machines used in different types of
construction sites, and are applicable especially in tight
spaces because they are small and easy maneuverable.
They are equipped with wheels and can turn in their own tracks,
making them extremely valuable for applications that require a
compact, agile loader. They have light weight and so, they can
be towed behind a pickup truck. The skid steel loader has four
wheels and its characteristic is that the left-side drive wheels
are independent of the right-side drive wheels. This way, wheel
speed and direction of rotation of the wheels will determine the
direction the machine will turn. The skid steel loaders have a
simple operating system. Inside the cabin there are two
joysticks: a left hand joystick and a right hand joystick. The
left hand one is made for controlling the direction. The right
hand one is for controlling the loader arms and bucket. By
pulling the joystick back, the arms of the machine will raise;
by pushing the joystick forward, the arms will be lowered. In
order to tilt the bucket up the joystick must be moved to the
left. By moving it to the right the bucket will dump. All the
system is powered by hydraulic pumps, meaning that there is no
The Skid steel loader is suitable for digging and moving
landscaping and other building materials. Due to its numerous
tools it can also grade, jackhammer cement and load trucks. Some
of the special tools of the skid steer loaders are: a dirt
bucket, utility grapple bucket, pallet forks, utility fork,
angle blade, auger, broom, cold planer, hydraulic hammer,
landscape rake and tillers, material handling arm, stump grinder
trencher and a vibratory compactor. These tools make skid steel
loaders quite useful because there will not be necessary 10
machines any more to complete all these functions.
Another useful machine in the construction field is the
backhoes. They are generally used for many different jobs and
can replace many other types of heavy equipment at the
They are designed in a unique way; they have tools sticking out
from every way of the machine. The backhoes can be considered to
have three pieces of construction equipment combined into one
unit: a tractor, a loader and a classical backhoe. Because the
backhoes can use all these three functions at a construction
site they are considered to be quite valuable and replace other
The backhoe's core structure is the tractor. Its design allows
the machine to move easily over different type of rough terrain.
It is equipped with a turbocharged diesel engine, with tires and
a cabin for the pilot.
The loader is another part of the backhoe. It is attached in the
front, while the backhoe is situated in the back. The loader is
used as a spoon that picks up and carries a lot of loose
material. It can also be used for smoothing things over, or for
The backhoe loader also has a backhoe in the back of the
tractor. Its function is to dig earth, or to lift heavy loads
and then drop them in a pile at the side of the hole. All kinds
of holes can be digged with a backhoe but most of all is
suitable for ditches. In order not to fall inside the hole, the
backhoes are equipped with stabilizer legs.
The backhoes are used mostly for digging ditches with the
backhoe, and then for carrying out the dirt with the loader.
After the work is done in that are, the loader will fill back
the ditch with the extracted dirt. These machines, the skid
steer loader and the backhoe are very useful nowadays because
they are very efficient and they save a lot of time because the
operator doesn't have to switch between two different pieces of
equipment any more.
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