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Vermeer S800TX Mini Skid Steer Offers Versatile Performance

Mon November 23, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Vermeer Corporation’s S800TX mini skid steer features a rated tip capacity of 2,400 lbs. (1,089 kg) and rated SAE operating capacity of 840 lbs. (381 kg), all in a compact frame, enabling contractors to lift and transport pallets and bucket loads in and around confined spaces.

“Our customers wanted more lifting capacity and increased performance in a small package,” said Jon Kuyers, compact and utility segment manager of Vermeer. “They also wanted more productivity, more horsepower and a machine with the ability to carry a larger load to and around confined spaces with exceptional visibility. The S800TX delivers on all accounts.”

The S800TX is powered by a 35-hp (26.1 kW) diesel engine, providing power and breakout force. And measuring just 40.5 in. (103 cm) in width, the S800TX offers a narrower footprint than other mini skid steer models with similar horsepower and operating capacity ratings, enhancing maneuverability and access to confined spaces, according to the manufacturer.

The hydraulic system of the S800TX is capable of providing 14 gpm (53 Lpm) of hydraulic flow that helps more efficiently power a variety of attachments. An optional dual auxiliary hydraulic circuit helps provide operational efficiency with varying attachments. A universal mounting plate allows operators to quickly swap out attachments, making the S800TX versatile in the field.

“The S800TX is a flexible, powerful workhorse in a compact frame suitable for many applications,” Kuyers said. “Although it was developed primarily for small to mid-size contractors and landscapers, it will have a fit in many different markets and a variety of applications.”

Features to enhance operator comfort and safety also have been incorporated into the S800TX design, including a spring-cushioned ride-on platform that offers broad job site visibility and ease of stepping on and off the machine. An operator presence system, integrated into the ride-on platform, automatically suspends ground drive and powered boom / bucket motion if the operator steps off the platform. Console cushions positioned to the front of the operator and on either side help increase operator comfort, particularly when working on uneven terrain.

The S800TX ground drive is controlled by a single, pilot-operated joystick for a smooth range of motion. Boom / bucket motion is controlled by a single, dual-axis joystick.

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