WHY IT IS CALLED A SKID-STEER LOADER

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Alisa

WEITAI Marketing Department

The name comes from the way it turns. The angle of the skid steer wheels or tracks is fixed and we steer by speeding up one side of the vehicle, with the wheels skidding through the ground in the turn.

Many people heard about skid steer loaders, but even some operators have no idea where this name comes from and what it means. Curious to learn? Well, you are in the right place then.

Although like many other types of earthmoving machines, skid steer loaders have wheels, those wheels typically have no steering mechanism, and just like the rear wheels of automobiles, they stay in a fixed straight line relative to the body of the machine. How is steering accomplished then? Turning the left and right wheel pairs at different speeds makes a skid steer loader drag or skid its wheels on one side while turning in that direction. Despite the compact size skid steer loaders are on the heavy side, which helps to provide a rigid structure to prevent damage. Interesting, right?

To learn even more about skid steer loaders let’s talk about their categories. You have probably seen the abbreviations CTL, SSL, and MTL. Do you know what they stand for? As you can probably guess, SSL is a skid steer loader, it refers to standard 4 wheeled types. CTL or a compact track loader and MTL or a multi-terrain loader both refer to different undercarriage designs. Compact track loaders have steel tracks and steel undercarriage components which provide maximum durability. Multi-terrain ones feature rubber track undercarriages and deliver lower ground pressure.

WEITAI has a good variety of standard skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, or as you’ve already learned, SSLs and CTLs. High efficiency, advanced structure, different attachments, and reasonable prices make our machines highly competitive. To know more, please fill in the form, and our sales team will contact you shortly.

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  1. It helped when you explained that skid steer loaders have wheels that remain in a fixed straight line relative to the body of the machine. This is the machine that my brother told me they need. I think it’s best for them to work with a skid steer loader rental company to get the job done.

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