Caterpillar first introduced its skid steer loader in 1999 on the heels of the release of the mini-hydraulic excavator and compact wheel loader. Their entry into this market was much anticipated and timed to coincide with the launch of the new Cat® Rental Store. The product line began with the introduction of two models, the 216 and 226, but would grow to eight models ranging from 47 hp to 106 hp.
In 2000 Caterpillar announced a joint venture with ASV to produce the multi-terrain loader, a combination of Caterpillar skid steer loader technology and a rubber-track undercarriage developed by ASV.
Eight years later Caterpillar added a third option, the compact track loader, which featured a steel embedded track and steel undercarriage providing longer durability in conditions that are not suited for the rubber-tracked MTL.
“The skid steer is the backbone of what we do. We have all kinds of attachments, from rock hounds to sweepers, to laser levels, to pinchers, to rock hounds, sweepers, lazer levels . . . you name it, we’ve got it. It’s amazing how adjustable one machine can go from one aspect of a job to another. I put a sweeper on and clean up behind myself, or even a mess that’s not mine, and in ten minutes I’ve made the GC happy.”
Greg Coleman, Visionscapes
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