Vermeer has extended its CTX mini skid steer product line with the addition of the CTX100 compact utility loader. The CTX100 features vertical lift boom arms, which offer a higher lift capacity than a similarly sized radial lift arm machine. The company says it also increased the hinge pin height to help landscape contractors load and transport materials more efficiently.
“The CTX100 uses the same vertical lift geometry as the Vermeer CTX50 compact utility loader,” said Matt Hutchinson, the manufacturer’s product manager for tree care, rental and landscape. “Because the CTX line uses vertical lift boom arms, which are designed to keep the load closer to the machine, the compact utility loaders have almost 20 percent more lift capacity than a radial lift machine with the same footprint.”
The new CTX100 has a tipping capacity of 2,958 pounds and a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 1,035 pounds. That’s way ahead of the CTX50’s tipping capacity of 1,715 pounds and ROC of 600 pounds.
While it’s more powerful than the CTX50, Vermeer says the CTX100 also was designed for jobsite accessibility. On 7-inch tracks, the CTX100 measures 36 inches wide and can fit through a standard gate. In ground conditions where more traction or floatation is needed, the CTX100 is available with 9-inch-wide tracks.
The CTX100 has a hinge pin height of 89.5 inches (compared with 72 inches on the CTX50), enabling operators to lift wide materials over the top of a gate opening rather than having to remove a fence panel. The increased pin height also means materials can be lifted over the side of a taller truck body.
Vermeer says the CTX100 has a 40 horsepower Kohler KDI Tier 4 Final diesel engine, which is equipped with an exhaust after-treatment system that uses a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC); thus, it requires less maintenance than a system using a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
It also has a universal mounting plate and comes standard with dual auxiliary hydraulic controls to support a variety of high- and low-flow attachments, the company says.
Hydraulic flow ranges from 8.1 gallons per minute up to 15.5 gallons per minute, depending on the demand of the attachment. For example, low flow provides more precision control to the operator when running a grapple, while high flow gives the machine more power to run a trencher or harley rake.
To help the operator monitor engine performance, Vermeer says, the CTX100 is equipped with a new multifunctional display, providing readouts such as operating hours, rpm, oil and hydraulic temperatures.
The operator presence system is integrated into the platform, and both ground drive and attachment motion is suspended if the operator steps off the machine.
Vermeer says the CTX100 compact utility loader became available this month at Vermeer dealers.