Skid steer specifications include the key data on the weight, ROC (or rated operating capacity) and power, with weight and ROC measured in pounds, while power is measured in horse power. The S70 for example, has a weight of 2795lbs, a ROC of 700lbs, and a power rating of 23.5hp.
The specifications of skid steers are designed to give operators a quick reference point for overall performance and capability in order to ensure the best machine is chosen for the job.
Skid steers are available from a number of manufacturers, including Caterpillar, Bobcat, Doosan, JCB, Hyundai and Terex. Some manufacturers, Bobcat for example, have a greater range of models available than others.
A skid steer with a higher power rating will be able to handle heavier and more demanding tasks, making them a good choice for activities that require heavy loading or lifting but do not justify the use of heavier equipment.
Additionally, the heavier a skid steer is, the easier it can handle large loads, making heavier models good for towing trailers or other equipment where necessary.
Most skid steer models are also able to fit accessories and optional extras, helping them to specialize for certain jobs dependent on their environment. Mini skid steers and compact track loaders are also available from most manufacturers.