The skid steer loader can be discribed as a smaller
and more specialized version of the front-end loader.
Main Entry: front-end loader
: a usually wheeled vehicle with a hydraulically operated scoop in front
for excavating and loading loose material -- called also front loader.
The skid steer loader is a smaller and
more specialized version of the front-end loader that was developed in
the 1950's by two brothers, Louis and Cyril Keller at a blacksmith
shop in Rothsay, MN. for a turkey farmer. (See History)
Skid steer loaders are used to dig and move landscaping and building
materials. But the machines can also grade, jackhammer cement and load
trucks, as well as many other tasks.
Photo courtesy Caterpillar
The Caterpillar Skid
Steer Loader (SSL)
A Photo of a basic Skid Steer Loader
An earthmoving machine with a hydraulic scoop
in front for lifting and loading earth or rubble.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth
The skidsteer first came on the scene when a Minnesota farmer needed
a loader to work in the tight confines of a turkey barn. Two blacksmith
brothers, Cyril and Louis Keller, created a small machine at a blacksmith
shop to meet the farmer's needs. The Melroe brothers, of Gwinner, ND, bought
the rights. Later they refined the machine and introduced the Melroe Self-Propelled
Loader in 1958. The loader was a 2-wheel drive unit.
They later added front wheel drive and introduced the first true skidsteer,
the M-400 in 1960, and the "Bobcat" name was added in 1962 to the M-444
model. (More History)