Buying farm machinery is not an easy decision, and it’s important to carefully consider your options in order to get the most from your machines. Cat® Compact Wheel Loaders, Skid Steer and Track Loaders are all great options for the farm, but while you’re shopping, keep in mind things like upfront vs. ownership cost, the types of jobs you’ll be doing and the versatility you need from a machine.
Upfront Cost vs. Ownership Cost for Farm Machinery
Generally, compact wheel loaders have a higher upfront cost than skid steer loaders, but a lower overall ownership cost. Here are a couple reasons why:
Applications and Terrain
Two additional factors in choosing new farm machinery are the types of applications you’ll be using it for and the terrain you’ll be operating on.
Considering the application:
Considering the terrain:
Agricultural Machine Versatility
The great thing about all of these agriculture machines is their versatility. Skid steer loaders and track loaders can use different attachments that help with everything from digging post holes for fencing to moving hay bales. And compact wheel loaders fitted with a skid steer coupler can use the same attachments. This is a plus for those of you who may be interested in adding one of these machines to your existing equipment fleet. By sharing attachments across skid steer loaders and compact wheel loaders, you can tackle multiple jobs on the farm at once.
To learn more about the equipment we offer for the agriculture industry, visit https://www.cat.com/en_US/by-industry/agriculture.html.
Agriculture Industry Representative
Having spent his formative years on a tobacco farm, Ben Rice went on in the agriculture field to earn degrees in Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Science from North Carolina State University. Rice now brings his invaluable expertise to Caterpillar as an industry sales and service representative.
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