Differences between vertical and radial arms: what to consider when buying a mini skid steer

Looking to maximize productivity by investing in a mini skid steer? There are a few things to consider before purchasing, like how often you’ll use it above or below grade, the attachments you will need and your desired engine horsepower. This will help you determine the machine that will be helpful on your jobsite.

Vermeer offers two types of loader arms: radial and vertical lift. Radial lift machines include the S925TX and S450TX mini skid steers. Vertical lift machines include the CTX50, CTX100 and CTX160 mini skid steers. Both loader arm types can use approved mini skid steer attachments for a variety of jobsites, but they do offer subtle structural differences that could help you determine which model is best for you.

Vertical arms

“The vertical arm lift is a straight line up and down throughout the range of motion,” said Kyle Newendorp, Vermeer product specialist.

With higher hinge pin heights, this makes the vertical line great for use above grade. Attachments that are commonly utilized above grade include grapples, buckets and pallet forks.

“It allows you get up a little higher to gain some more access,” said Brandon Nelson, Vermeer product specialist, “whether that be gaining access to higher shelves if you’re using forks or dumping into dumpsters or dump trucks.”

Radial arms

“With a radial arm, it goes out and then comes back in toward the operator when it’s fully extended,” said Newendorp.

This half-circle path in its range of motion makes the radial lift a great option for below grade use. Attachments that are often used for below grade work include augers, buckets, trenchers and vibratory plows.

How to decide?

When it comes to choosing between vertical and radial arms for your mini skid steer, there isn’t a wrong option. Just consider the benefits of each type and how they impact your preferences.

“Really it comes down to what you’re wanting for lift capacity, engine horsepower and price point,” said Nelson.

Talk through those preference points with your local Vermeer dealer and they’ll point you in the right direction of the mini skid steer that will help maximize productivity on your jobsite.

Vermeer Corporation reserves the right to make changes in product engineering, design and specifications; add improvements; or discontinue manufacturing or distribution at any time without notice or obligation. Equipment shown is for illustrative purposes only and may display optional accessories or components specific to their global region. Mini skid steer attachments available from Vermeer dealers may be manufactured by Vermeer Corporation or other attachment manufacturers. Please contact your local Vermeer dealer for more information on machine specifications and attachments.

Vermeer and the Vermeer logo are trademarks of Vermeer Manufacturing Company in the U.S. and/or other countries. © 2022 Vermeer Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Related News Articles

New SC1052 stump cutter delivers powerful all-day performance

If you are in the market for a robust stump cutter that can handle the growing demands of your tree care or landscape business — look no further than the SC1052 stump cutter. Powerful cutting capabilities, innovative technology and the ability to navigate smoothly through tight jobsites set this dominant machine apart. Learn more about the newest addition to the Vermeer stump cutter lineup.

Read More

SC48TX stump cutter tackles tough jobs in tight spaces

If you’ve been thinking about enhancing your landscape or rental fleet but haven’t found a machine that can fit in tight jobsites and take down large stumps with ease — the SC48TX could be the answer you’re looking for. With a narrow footprint, high torque and robust cutting capabilities, the SC48TX could be the ideal addition to your fleet. See what sets this machine apart.

Read More

Benefits of the Vermeer operator presence system

On tree care jobsites, your priority is to work safely and efficiently — that’s why Vermeer stump cutters are equipped with the operator presence system. Learn more about how it works, and some best practices to implement to maximize the use of your stump cutter.

Read More