What are the Best Skid Steer Loader Brands?

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*Last updated: November 2020

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Used typically in construction and landscaping work, skid steer loaders are manoeuvrable, compact machines used for digging, with the ability to push, spread and lift materials. They are certainly the ‘jack-of-all-trades' in plant hire, with their range of attachment options available, skid steer loaders can do many different jobs around the work site. There are a range of construction equipment brands that manufacture skid steer loaders, all ranging in quality and cost, so it can be difficult to choose which is the best brand of skid steer for you. 

In this blog, we will outline the best skid steer loader brands in Australia you should be considering when wanting to hire one.

Who makes the best skid steer?

Bobcat Skid Steers

First and foremost, we'll start with Bobcat. Bobcat, founded in 1947, have been manufacturing skid steer loaders for decades. This brand is synonymous with skid steers in general, inventing the world’s first skid steer loader, which is a tough act to beat for other manufacturers. You’ve probably heard skid steer loaders simply referred to as ‘Bobcats’, even if it isn’t a Bobcat brand skid steer loader. That is how synonymous they've become with skid steer loaders.

Bobcat skid steer loaders set the industry standard for reliability, quality and performance. They offer more than a dozen different types of skid steers, offering you plenty of choice. Their machines also come with prominent performance features including:

  • Superior lift arms
  • Powerful hydraulics
  • Sound dampening via large front and rear cab isolators
  • Maximum headroom and legroom

When choosing to hire a Bobcat skid steer, you definitely can’t go wrong. Here at iSeekplant we have Bobcat suppliers nation wide including in key areas such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Darwin and Adelaide. If you have your heart set on acquiring one for your next project, get rates with us today!

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Caterpillar Skid Steers

Caterpillar is one of the industry leaders in all things construction, and if you take a look at any job site, chances are you’ll see their plant and equipment being used. With a reputation for reliability, quality and longevity, they’re one of the best construction equipment manufacturers on the market.

Caterpillar plant and machinery are designed and built for maximum performance and safety, ensuring that any Caterpillar skid steer loader for hire is reliable, powerful, versatile, efficient and easy to use; everything that someone would expect from Caterpillar equipment.

Caterpillar has 9 skid steer loader models, offering plenty of choices when looking to hire a skid steer. These skid steer loaders for hire are known to perform well, and you can’t go wrong when picking one to hire. They offer a range of features from electronic throttle features for precise rpm setting to excellent ground-level access for enhanced serviceability.

Komatsu Skid Steers

The next brand we’ll take a look at is Komatsu. Komatsu is known for building reliable, tough construction machinery, which is no wonder why Komatsu skid steers for hire are a popular choice in Australia. Komatsu skid steers are manufactured with the same advanced hydraulic technology they use with their market-leading excavators and other plant and equipment, so you know you’re going to be hiring an effective machine. They offer operating loads between 650 kg to 900 kg, with high digging forces and lifting capacities, which makes them ideal for a wide range of construction projects.

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JCB Skid Steers

Safe, productive and economical. These are the words JCB has chosen to describe their skid steer loaders for hire and it's proven to be true. JCB has designed a skid steer loader with 270-degree visibility, making for safer use of the machine. The cab size is 46% larger than other skid steer brands on a small platform, and 33% larger on large platforms, giving plenty of room for you to be comfortable while you work.

JCB skid steer loaders for hire are very fuel-efficient as well, with 16% better fuel consumption than competitors. They offer 8 skid steer loaders for hire ranging from 600kg operating capacity to 1500kg. If you are looking to hire a safe, productive and economical skid steer loader for hire, then look no further then JCB.

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Case Construction Skid Steers

Since 1842, Case has been one of the pioneering US brands solving earthmoving challenges with equipment. Over 175 years later, Case Construction are one of the largest construction equipment manufacturers in the world, with Case skid steers being a popular choice for Australian construction projects.

Case Construction offers a wide range of skid steers for hire to choose from, ranging from rated operating loads and engine power. Built tough with more power and torque, CASE skid steer loaders boost productivity and increase operator comfort when on hire. The cab features increased headroom and lap-bar width, along with improved visibility, so you know you will be comfortable while hiring their skid steer loaders.

Who makes New Holland skid steers?

The skid steer brand New Holland was it's own company until 1947, when Sperry acquired it. It then changed hands to Ford, then Fiat, who merged it with Case Corporation to create CNH. CNH Global merged with Fiat Industrial in 2013 to become CNH industrial, which manages New Holland Construction today.

What is too many hours on a skid steer?

The simple answer is 2000-2500 hours.

Where can I hire a skid steer loader?

Looking to hire a skid steer loader from any of these brands? iSeekplant has hundreds of skid steer loader suppliers across Australia to complete your job.

Learn more about what you should be paying from our skid steer loader hire rates guide. Otherwise, you can use the iSeekplant get a quote tool to get competitive skid steer loader hire quotes.

Get in touch with us today on 1300 691 912 or projects@iseekplant.com.au to answer your questions or concerns.

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