With its compact size and versatile application features, skid steer loader has all the possibilities to become a popular equipment in Indian market. The new activities in urban infrastructure development and waste management initiatives, this mini equipment class is expected to see more demand in future.
Skid steer loader is fast
finding traction in the infrastructure development, especially in urban infrastructure projects with its convenience of use in congested and hard to reach space. Its ability to perform versatile tasks with the use of various attachments makes this machine an ideal equipment in small size projects also.
User concept and advantages
Amit Bansal, Sales & Marketing Director - Building Construction Products, Caterpillar India, elaborates on the concept behind skid steer loaders, 'The need for having a compact machine that can work in constrained places gave birth to the concept of skid steer loaders. Though initially the requirement in farm that was behind the conceptualisation of this machine, it finds use in a wide variety of application and majorly used in construction segment.'
Skid steer loader has got some distinct advantages - visibility, compact size, manoeuvrability and versatility.
Visibility: The cabin is closer to the work tool and the operator has a visibility to the work tool edges, which cannot be matched by any other piece of equipment.
Versatility: Skid steer loader comes standard with a mechanical quick coupler and auxiliary lines. This makes it more versatile as it can be fitted with a lot of attachments easily with less effort and time. A work tool can be changed in less than five minutes with a reasonably experienced operator without any additional help or tool.
Compact size: The machine is very compact in terms of length, width and height and even weight. So it can work in very narrow and confined spaces without any trouble.
Manoeuvrability: The turning radius of a skid steer loader is very less. It can even rotate about its own envelope. This aspect comes in very handy in multiple application requirements.
Jasmeet Singh, Head Corporate Communications and External Affairs, JCB India, elaborates on the JCB's skid steer range, 'JCB skid steer loader is a compact, versatile and manoeuverable machine that not only offers high productivity, but also leads in performance in segments where space is a constraint. Moreover, with its ability to enter narrow lanes and its unique zero turning radius feature, this versatile machine is designed to perform in restricted areas effortlessly. A joystick-based machine, JCB skid steer loader is best suited for applications like urban rejuvenation and municipal solid waste management projects.'
Says Singh, 'Equipment in the compact segment are used for different applications depending on their strength and functionality. Machine's productivity and fuel efficiency is primarily related to the application it is being used in. JCB skid steer loaders find great utility in material handling applications along with many others and they are known for offering best-in-class productivity and fuel efficiency.
Operator's comfort and safety are of paramount importance and JCB India has made significant advancements in product design to enhance operator productivity. JCB offers the world's safest skid steer loaders with a unique single loader arm layout of the machine.
Safety and productivity features
Major players in skid steer loader market have come out with safety features and other technology developments. Bansal says, 'For Caterpillar, the motto is 'Safety First' and that is given the top-most priority while designing a machine.'
He further elaborates on the safety features in Cat machines: