Ditch Witch SK1050 skid-steer loader launched

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Ditch Witch SK1050 skid-steer loader The Ditch Witch SK1050 skid-steer loader Ditch Witch SK1050 skid-steer loader

Ditch Witch has introduced the SK1050 mini skid-steer, which it says is a construction-grade machine aimed at landscaping, hardscaping and irrigation work.

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The SK1050 is driven by a 27kW Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, with 22 of those kilowatts directed to the attachment. Ditch Witch says the aim was to give operators greater power and flexibility in the attachments they use, while still keeping the machine compact.

The SK1050 has a hinge-pin height of just over 2m, giving the loader enough clearance for loading/unloading on standard trucks across a wider range of job sites. The machine has an operating weight of 482kg, providing stability in a variety of soils while carrying loads. The enhanced lift capacity means the machine can withstand maximum weight at maximum height.

"With boosted power, added versatility and increased durability, the machine provides operators peace of mind that they can get any landscape, hardscape or irrigation job done effectively and efficiently, while adding to their bottom line," Ditch Witch product manager Chris Thompson says.

The compact unit’s operator station features a 477 square centimetres, spring-suspension platform. An auxiliary-control pedal allows operators to maintain hydraulic flow to the attachment, while freeing their hands to control depth and ground speed.

The operator also has access to an LCD display showing real-time engine diagnostics and performance indicators. An ‘auto-throttle’ feature has also been incorporated into the loader that automatically reduces engine throttle when it senses no load on the engine.

The SK1050 sits on 107cm rubber tracks driven by a system of bolt-on sprockets that can be interchanged to extend the life of the machine.

The SK1050 also offers easy access to the machine undercarriage and no daily maintenance or grease points, which Ditch Witch says is to help ease maintenance and reduce total cost of ownership. 

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