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If you’re in the market for a quality compact piece of construction equipment, a skid steer loader could be just the versatile machine you’re looking for. However, since there are several manufacturers of skid steers out there, it’s important to know what your options are before deciding on a make and model to fit your needs.
What follows is a comparison of the Cat D Series Skid Steer vs. the competition (Kubota) to help you make an informed choice.
Factors to Compare
From the comfort and safety of the operator to the selection and serviceability of each product line, let’s take a look at how the Cat D Series stacks up against the competition.
- Operator control: Less effort and greater control feature highly in the Cat models. Thanks to the standard electro-hydraulic controls for all Cat machines, with options such as return to dig and work tool positioner, operators of Cat models can easily customize the machine’s controls to fit their performance needs. The competition, on the other hand, has standard mechanical controls with a pilot control option for more than $2,000 — but since these are mechanically operated, there’s no ability to custom tune to the preferences of an operator.
- Operator environment: The standard Cat cab is one-piece, which is sealed and pressurized. The result is a quiet, clean environment for the operator to work in. The competition has a less effective, two-piece cab that uses seals made of foam to join the sections. In addition, the operator in the Cat series can enjoy a heated air suspension seat that includes lumbar support and adjustable armrests. The competition’s optional air suspension seat includes none of those features.
- Visibility: The visibility found standard on the Cat skid steers features a frameless door that offers the operator a superb wide-open view of the forward work area. A rearview convex mirror allows for panoramic viewing of the worksite. In addition, there’s the option for a rearview camera to augment the operator’s rearward vision. In contrast, the competition has a much more obstructed visibility due to bulky lift arms, and a rearview mirror isn’t standard. What’s more, there’s no option for a rearview camera.
- Serviceability: Cat machines are designed to save you time and allow for simplified maintenance. Service points are grouped together and within easy reach without the need for special tools to access them. The competition’s design requires you to lift the cab just to reach the hydraulic return oil filter — and you’ll need a tool in order to top off the hydraulic fluid.
- Product line: With 16 skid steer models to choose from, the Caterpillar® line offers something for everyone. Moreover, the Cat D Series comes with the choice of different traction platforms and multiple lift paths. In contrast, all the competition offers when it comes to standard skid steers is the choice between two models. The lesson here is: Don’t settle when you can choose!
Carolina Cat: Committed to Your Construction Equipment Needs
Since 1926, Carolina Cat has been a trusted name in the sales, service and rental of quality construction equipment. That’s important, because when you choose a Cat skid steer or other piece of machinery, it means you’ll have expert support, parts and repair for the life of your investment.
To learn more about Cat D Series Skid Steers, simply contact us today.