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Competition from manual labour and alternatives such as backhoe loaders limit the appeal of this equipment type
Although a low volume machine type in Chinese terms, the skid-steer loader is gaining in popularity and exports are also on the rise.
Off-highway Research has added compact tracked loaders to its coverage of the European industry. It’s first report looks at Italy, the largest market in the region for both skid-steer and compact tracked loaders.
Although domestic demand for skid-steer loaders is low, India has developed into an important regional hub for production of this type of equipment.
Although they are sold in relatively low numbers, skid-steer loaders are gaining in popularity in China. Sales are expected to continue to rise, despite a downturn in the wider equipment industry
The skid-steer loader is a compact four-wheel drive machine designed to operate in restricted areas. It is distinguished by its steering system. Steering is achieved by independently varying the speed and direction of the two sets of wheels on either side.
Skid steer loaders are usually classified by their rated operating capacity, which is to say the heaviest load a machine can lift without tipping onto its nose.
Track-mounted variants of the skid –steer loader – usually referred to as compact tracked loaders – are considered to be a different machine type.