Ditch Witch SK3000 ups compact utility loader working capability to 3,100 kilos (VIDEO)
A 12 months and a half in the past, father or mother firm Toro made a splash on the The Rental Present unveiling its prototype 2,000-pound working capability Dingo TXL 2000 compact utility loader. Now Toro’s Ditch Witch model has upped the sport with its 51-horsepower, 3,100-pound capability SK3000, unveiled on the ICUEE present this week.
“We’ve a complete line of stand-on skid steers which have finished rather well and we needed to have a look at ride-on skid steer machines and whether or not we might mount these capabilities on a stand-on skid steer,” says Chris Thompson, Ditch Witch compact tools supervisor. “This offers you the advantages a skid steer plus the power to simply get on and off.”
(Word: The compact utility loader machine class can be known as mini skid steers, mini observe loaders and stand-on skid steers.)
How did Ditch Witch get to a 3,100-pound ROC? “Quite a lot of it has to do with heart of gravity,” Thompson explains. As to against a skid steer or compact observe loader with a cab, area is extra compressed on the CUL. Ditch Witch additionally added weight by way of welded-on metal panels to the again of the machine.
Additionally including weight are the metal gas tanks, which additionally will increase sturdiness in harder functions.
As well as, the tracks had been redesigned. “Earlier than we had extra of an open design, however with the burden of the machine now at 7,600 kilos, we wanted to help the rollers higher,” Thompson explains. The corporate now makes use of a seize curler design to each defend them and take the burden off the rollers.
The SK3000 delivers 5,000 kilos of breakout drive and directs as much as 51 horsepower to the attachment, which the corporate says is greater than some other machine in its class. The unit options dual-auxiliary hydraulics. “Customers can seize, carry and rotate a log on the identical time, for instance,” Thompson says.
Customers key in a code to begin the SK3000; the machine makes use of a handbook throttle as an alternative of the earlier push-button throttle on the show. “This offers operators the power to feather it a bit extra,” Thompson says.
The SK3000 has been beneath growth for about three years, Thompson says. “This for individuals who need stand on and get off the machine rapidly, have that visibility and never be restricted so far as lifting capability.” Key markets would be the tree business, landscaping and hardscaping business.
“Everyone seems to be utilizing two machines on the jobsite: one to dump a truck and one to do the work. We needed to present them one machine for each jobs.”