One of the prime tasks of earthmoving is loading, moving and depositing material efficiently. Whether you manage small landscaping projects, run a mid-sized construction business or lead major civil engineering jobs, having the correct machinery to complete the task is crucial. Loaders are the most widely used tool for earthmoving, allowing you to move large amounts of rock, soil and other construction debris.
Many loader types are available to meet the needs of different construction sites. Jobs differ by necessary size, horsepower and loading capacity. It's important to understand the difference between the types so that you can choose the best one for your job site.
Read on for a comprehensive look at these different types of loaders:
There will also be explanations of the uses of construction loaders. This information can help you choose what earthmoving equipment is best for your individual application.
Backhoe loaders are versatile instruments found on most construction sites. Their unique design allows for maximum efficiency, with these two defining features:
Backhoes use wheels to move materials, differentiating them from equipment that uses tracks to stay upright. Wheels can boost efficiency by making it easier to maneuver your tool around your job site. Backhoes with wheels can move at fast speeds, allowing you to drive them directly between work locations without using a trailer.
Most backhoes have similar features and appearances. The most significant changes in design have occurred due to technological updates, such as improved safety features. However, backhoe models differ by their size, power and earthmoving ability. For instance, some backhoes are compact and suit confined areas, while others are larger and can move more materials.
Backhoes are frequently used in applications like:
If you’re uncertain which type of backhoe loader is best for your situation, call The Cat® Rental Store equipment specialists at 1-800-RENT-CAT.
Skid steer loaders are another useful loader type. Skid steers are excellent for light work and a fast-paced job site.
These four-wheeled tools feature a unique movement design, allowing you to steer by skidding. During use, the operator locks one pair of tires and leaves the other side free. The action allows the machine to turn within a predefined radius. The specialized steering ability makes skid steer loaders ideal for tight spaces.
All skid steers have tires instead of tracks. The difference between wheels and tracks comes down to speed against weight distribution. Tires let a skid steer move quickly but maintain a connection to the ground. On the other hand, tracks make machines slower, but they put less pressure on their work environment.
The Cat Rental Store offers a variety of steer choices. All have turbocharged Cat C3.8 engines for top power performance. Cat skid steer loaders also have a wide range of work attachments that extend a skid steer’s reach across many construction-related duties.
Skid steer's wide range of available attachments and speed options make them excellent tools for many applications. Here are some examples of skid steer uses:
Compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders use similar steering structures. These types of equipment freeze one track set and route power to the opposite side. With this operating style, the loaders can make 360-degree turns within their radius.
Despite this, the two similar machines have a few key differences:
Overall, a good way to differentiate compact track loaders from multi-terrain loaders is that multi-terrain machines can do everything compact track loaders can accomplish, but a compact track loader can’t do everything a multi-terrain loader can.
You can use compact track and multi-terrain loaders for a wide range of applications, such as:
Another option for construction loaders is wheel loaders. Front-end wheel loaders are excellent options for shoveling large volumes in a short time. This group includes a variety of types, such as:
In the Cat line of wheel loaders, there’s a loading machine sized right for every site. Cat machines are perfect for loading jobs where machines need to wheel about and move materials. The Cat Rental Store has the right inventory of machines, so you can access your new equipment with the ease of a call.
Cat wheel loaders also serve as multi-purpose machines, and there's an array of work attachments you can fit onto a Cat wheel loader to immediately have it doing other work. If you’re curious about everything a Cat wheel loader can do, call The Cat Rental Store to learn more about our wheel loading machines. We'll fill you in on our entire Cat wheel loader selection.
Cat wheel loaders have the latest technology and built-in toughness to work in the most challenging applications. You’ll find wheel loaders in applications like:
Track loaders are another strong option for your construction site. These machines can help you maximize productivity in your industry. Track loaders have tracks instead of wheels, making them solid options for uneven terrain and rougher conditions. They're often better suited for challenging conditions than machines with wheels because of their tracks.
The Cat Rental Store offers many track loaders, available to rent today.
Cat track loaders are available in many sizes and configurations to help you get the right machine for your job site, application and conditions.
These machines are commonly found for uses like:
Loaders are much more versatile machines than moving buckets of material about a site. With the right work tool attachments, you can turn your backhoe, dozer, skid steer or compact track loader into a multi-use piece of equipment. All Cat brand attachments are compatible with Cat loaders, and they allow you to take on jobs far beyond the scope of loading.
With Cat attachments, you can multi-task from rock hammering to compacting lifts of gravel. Your skid steer can drill post holes, rip pavement and sweep a driveway. For big jobs, your dozer can attach a blade with a 50 cubic yard plowing capacity.
There are many more projects you can take on with the right tool attached to your loader. You can cut brush and rake tree limbs, or you can hook up a grapple attachment and stack logs. Here are some of the top choices for Cat work tool attachments:
If you’re in the market for Cat loaders or any other type of Cat-brand construction equipment, you should investigate the benefits of renting your machinery. When dealing with The Cat Rental Store, you'll find many advantages to renting your equipment from a reputable supplier with an extensive nationwide inventory.
These are some benefits of choosing The Cat Rental Store near you:
The Cat Rental Store is your go-to source for temporary construction equipment solutions. With over 1,300 locations, The Cat Rental Store can help your immediate problems and provide you with long-term service. At Caterpillar, you can rely on our dealers to have exactly what you need or quickly source it through the network.
If you need any of the different types of loaders or other earthmoving machinery, The Cat Rental Store should be your first stop on the road to productivity and profitability. Call us today for advice on selections and a quote on pricing. Our number is 1-800-RENT-CAT.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You
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