This year, Case Construction Equipment celebrates 40 years of manufacturing skid-steer loaders. The company began producing skid-steers under the Case name in 1969 after acquiring the Uni-Loader line from Universal Industries.
In addition to the 40th anniversary milestone, Case is on track to hit another significant milestone in 2009. “Before the end of the year, Case will produce its 250,000th skid-steer,” said Jim Hughes, Case brand marketing manager.
For 40 years, construction contractors, landscapers, farmers and others have recognized the value of multi-attachment machines. “In terms of size, performance, productivity, serviceability, operator comfort and control, hydraulics and lift capacity, Case has always pushed the envelope with its skid-steer line,” Hughes said. “From the original Case 1530 Uniloader skid-steer, to the 1800 Series, the XT Series and the new 400 Series 3, you can track the evolution of features that have put Case skid-steers in a class of their own.”
Hughes noted that customers operating current-model Case skid-steers will still find the trademark maneuverability that allows the machines to counter rotate. “But today’s Case skid-steers include operator comforts – suspension seats, heated and air conditioned cabs, radios with an MP3 port – and productivity features like pilot controls, hydraulic couplers and high flow hydraulics that operators in 1969 couldn’t even begin to imagine,” Hughes said.
Case 400 Series 3 skid-steers feature radial- and vertical-lift configurations for greater versatility, redesigned cabs offering more room and better visibility, and superior serviceability for increased uptime. To further boost production on job sites, more than 75 compatible attachments are available for Case skid-steers.
Among other features, Case 400 Series 3 skid-steers are available with temperature-controlled cabs, hydraulic quick couplers that can be used for the quick exchange of attachments, and Ride Control for maximum load retention and more comfortable operation.