The skid steer loader has become an essential tool for everyday chores for many farms, landscapers, and construction operations. It is also a key part of New Holland’s brand DNA, and this year they recognise 50 years of innovation and leadership in skid steer loaders.
New Holland’s L328 skid steer loader
The birth of the New Holland skid steer took place in haytools design, when an engineer discovered that his mower design could be turned on its side to achieve an upward and forwardreaching motion - the foundation of what would become New Holland’s Super Boom vertical lift loader design.
In 1971, New Holland built its first production skid steer loader, the L35. Its vertical lift design allowed for greater reach and improved clearance for loading, and its longer wheelbase provided a smooth, steady ride for operators. New Holland, with the L35, also became the first manufacturer to introduce roll-over and falling-object protection.
Over the past five decades, the company say they have improved the design and functionality of the original L35, increasing reach and load capacity, reducing cycle times, and extending the skid steer line up to include compact track loaders. The latest 300 Series is offered in 9 new models ranging from 60 to 90 gross HP and rated operating capacity from 815 – 2,045 kg.
New features for the 300 Series include factors like maintenance tracking, engine protection and ignition time-out.
To commemorate the 50th-anniversary milestone, New Holland is celebrating with its new and existing customer base. For customers who purchase a skid steer during the anniversary celebration, a “50 Years Edition” decal will be added to the rear left-hand side of all skid steers from mid-June.