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Compact loaders vs. Skid Steers

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Plow man Foster, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Anyone have experience with both??? I've used A skid steer and A HUGE loader. Never a compact loader. But i was just wondering if A compact loader does better than a skid in the snow.
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    Skidsteer is more manuverable, but those compact loaders can still push a lot, and they can be driven from lot to lot way easier/faster
  3. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    It is like comparing a backhoe to a skid steer for snow. The compact loader is more like the backhoe and the skid steer is more like a skid steer. The skids are more compact and manuverable, have limitations on lifting weights, pushing stregth and stacking but have their places. Heck we run 2-speed Cat skids in open areas and run circles around trucks. The compact loader depending on size is more like running a large backhoe yet more manuverable. Both have their place and move lots of snow in the right senario, are they the same? No, its like asking if a straight blade does better then a v-blade or comparing apples to oranges. I hope the above at least gives you ideas to consider about the equipment your asking questions on.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
  4. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Ahhhhhh I see! I see!
    i think im going to go with one this year because i will use it for loading salt and pushing. Foundd it hard to do with our skids last year