6 mini loaders bring big power to walk-behind convenience
By Paige HaeffeleApril 05, 2022
In construction, choosing the right size machine is essential to completing a range of projects quickly and efficiently, and mini loaders have you covered when an ultra-compact solution is needed.
Mini loaders - sometimes referred to as compact utility loaders, mini skids or mini track loaders - are a compact and versatile addition to any contractor’s fleet, due to their ability to use a wide range of attachments and fit into tight work spaces.
This market segment has expanded a great deal over the past decade, with many manufacturers offering a wide range of models and sizes to choose from. This roundup will focus on the largest mini loaders currently on the market.
Bobcat MT100 offers same attachment versatility as its bigger brethren
All Bobcat loaders use the exclusive Bob-Tach mounting system which allows for rapid attachment changes and improved attachment fit.
The MT100’s 36-in width makes it easy to travel through gates, doorways or other narrow spaces with your choice of walk-behind or ride-on style.
With high-flotation tracks that reduce ground pressure, the MT100 minimizes damage to surfaces, making it suitable for use in residential landscaping applications and on other sensitive surfaces.
- Operating Weight: 3,390 lbs
- Width: 35.6 in
- Operating Capacity: 1,000 lbs
- Horsepower: 24.8
Boxer 700HDX expands and contracts to suit the needs of the site
The Boxer 700HDX features a unique hydraulically expandable undercarriage — from 35 to 43.5 in — allowing the operator to fit between passages as
narrow as 36 in, and then expand for increased stability while in operation, simply by pulling or pushing a control lever.
With a 24.8-hp diesel engine and 11.3-gpm hydraulic auxiliary flow, the 700HDX is designed for power while offering the versatility to work a variety of jobs – big or small.
The machine has a universal compact utility loader mounting plate and quick-attach system, allowing the operator to quickly and easily switch between any standard attachments.
- Operating Weight: 2,880 lbs
- Width: 34.5-43.5 in
- Operating Capacity: 700 lbs
- Horsepower: 24.8
Ditch Witch SK3000 is biggest of the bunch
The largest stand-on skid steer on the market, the Ditch Witch SK3000 is hardly a mini loader. It boasts 3,100 lbs operating capacity to accommodate larger loads and a higher amount of material for increased productivity compared to other models in the Ditch Witch line of mini skid steers.
According to Ditch Witch, the machine’s 58.9-hp diesel engine is the most powerful engine in its class, and can deliver up to 51-hp to attachments.
With patent-pending SmartThrottle combined with an operator presence sensor, the SK3000 matches engine speed to load demand for greater fuel efficiency and productivity.
- Operating Weight: 7,600 lbs
- Width: 57.5 in
- Operating Capacity: 3,100 lbs
- Horsepower: 58.9
Toro Dingo TXL 2000 features telescoping arm for more forward reach
The Toro Dingo TXL 2000 features a Toro-exclusive telescoping arm design that increases machine versatility with the ability to reach farther and dig
below grade without changing position.
According to Toro, the stand-on TXL 2000’s 2,000-lb operating capacity makes the machine comparable in capacity to full-size compact-track and skid-steer loaders.
Meanwhile, a 123-in telescoped hinge pin height easily clears the side of a standard dump truck and 44 in of telescoping reach offers the capability of loading a flat-bed truck from one side.
A 54-in wide frame allows the machine to access smaller spaces that machines of this weight are usually not able to.
- Operating Weight: 6,655 lbs
- Width: 54.4 in
- Operating Capacity: 2,000 lbs
- Horsepower: 49.6
Vermeer CTX160 has a compact frame with high reach
The Vermeer CTX160 is able to fit into small spaces and is lightweight relative to its lifting capacity.
With a wide variety of attachments available – and a universal mounting plate for quick hookup – the machine is designed to be versatile and adaptable.
The 88.75-in hinge pin height allows the machine to push loads far enough to adequately dump into a truck, while 9-in tracks offer high traction with minimal ground pressure.
- Operating Weight: 4,120 lbs
- Width: 42 in
- Operating Capacity: 1,600 lbs
- Horsepower: 40
Wacker Neuson enters mini loader market with new SM100
The machine offers users the convenience of maximizing attachment utility across lines of equipment, thanks to the common industry attachment
Able to fit through doorways, gates and other tight spaces with its 35.5-in width, the SM100 features an undercarriage with a triple-flanged roller design for reduced maintenance costs and total cost of ownership.
The high radial lift path of the SM100 allows for easy dumping into high side trucks and the capability to reach into truck beds.
The step-up and go concept makes operating the SM100 easy for any worker, while an operator presence system prevents accidental machine movement when the operator steps off the spring-suspended platform.
- Operating Weight: 3,300 lbs
- Width: 35.5 in
- Operating Capacity: 1,000 lbs
- Horsepower: 24.7