If you need a machine that does most of what a skid steer can do but you don’t need to get into confined quarters, moving up to something like one of New Holland’s new C Series compact wheel loaders may be a better investment. NH’s redesigned 50 and 80 horsepower C Series wheel loaders can lift a little bit bigger load a higher than skid steers can.
“These are starting to replace (skid steers),” said Paul Wade construction equipment marketing manger, while pointing out the machine’s features during a media event at NH’s Pennsylvania head office in July. “If you have a little more room and space isn’t as big a deal, this is going to give you more lift; it’s going to be a much more comfortable ride than a skid steer, and it’s going to give you a little higher reach.”
The new, more compact C Series, which debuted last fall, offers a choice of four different configurations, two versions of both models. One of them, the W80C HS is capable of 21 m.p.h. road travel. And the smaller W50C offers a choice in boom arm designs, if breakout force is important.
“These are brand new, redesigned,” added Wade. “They started shipping earlier this year. This is a lower profile machine than what we had in the past.”
But just like their NH skid steer cousins, the C Series wheel loaders also get a roomy cab to make life comfortable for operators. That includes an adjustable control arm to keep the joystick in just the right spot.
And for producers who already use a skid steer and made the investment in attachments for it, the C Series machines can use them too. Their boom arms use the same standard skid steer coupling design to mount buckets or attachments.
All of the service points on the C Series are easily accessible without climbing up onto the machine.
“Everything (is accessed) from the ground level,” said Wade. “We want to make sure they (owners) are doing daily maintenance. If we make it easier for them, they’re more likely to do it.”