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How to Choose Between Vermeer’s Compact Articulated Loader or Mini  Skid Steer

How to Choose Between Vermeer’s Compact Articulated Loader or Mini Skid Steer

11 Jun 2024 Author: Justin Pratt Read time: 2 min

Many operators say Compact Construction Equipment (CCE) offers versatile solutions for landscaping, general construction, snow removal and utility work. Adaptable, compact and designed with the operator’s comfort in mind, Vermeer’s Mini Skid Steers and Compact Articulated Loaders (ATX) offer high-powered operating and lifting capabilities for various job sites.

Operators describe the Mini Skid Steer and ATX as small but mighty machines with minimal ground disturbance. But there are key differences — both have unique features that, depending on the job site, might make one a better addition to your fleet. Consider what operators say about each machine and which model they choose for their job site.

ATXs: Comfort and Speed

Operators say they'd opt for ATX because of their low weight relative to their lifting capacity. Often, operators use ATXs for property maintenance tasks like landscaping or tree work. Operators working at golf courses love the ATX’s speed with minimal ground disturbance. Most operators site the following features as reasons why they chose ATX machines:

  • The closed cab includes intuitive controls to shield the operator from the heat, sun and rain. 
  • The telescopic boom has up to 9 feet of lifting capabilities.
  • Dynamic blocking system (DBS) reduces wheel slippage and increases driving speeds. 
  • Its turf tires cause little ground disturbance for delicate job sites such as government sites and schools. Because operators can complete tasks without causing deep tracks, they don't have to spend time repairing various lawns.
  • You can add different attachments, including buckets, forks and grapples. 

Mini Skid Steers: Power and Maneuverability

Operators say they’d opt for the Mini Skid Steer primarily because of its strength and maneuverability. While still found on landscaping job sites, operators say a Mini Skid Steer can also efficiently work at utility and general construction sites. Mini Skid Steers can be used to quickly move heavy materials like concrete, earth or various debris. Check out the following Mini Skid Steers’ features highlighted by operators:

  • Its open ride-on carriage offers increased visibility and operator mobility. 
  • At 36 inches, the mini skid steer's width easily accesses back or front yard areas. 
  • The machine's four hydraulic hoses increase grapple rotation for tree care; ATX only has two hoses.
  • The compact machine’s tracks provide better traction on rugged terrains.
  • You can add various attachments, including augers, buckets or trenchers.

Watch an equipment walkaround video comparing Vermeer’s ATX and mini skid steers.

A trusted equipment expert can help you choose between ATX and Mini Skid Steer. Share the type of work you’ll need to complete with the expert and ask to demo the CCE machines. With the advice of your trusted equipment partner and hands-on operating experience, you can choose the compact machine for your job site.

Special financing and lease options are available for Vermeer's ATXs and Mini Skid Steers. Ask about two years of equipment protection for these compact machines. Click here to learn more about this limited time offer.

Justin Pratt

As an Account Manager Justin Pratt works to bring equipment and technology solutions to contractors working in California.

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