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Mini Track vs. Skid-Steer Loader

Which small machine is right for you? If you need to work in tight areas, you may be considering a mini track loader or a small skid-steer loader. Compare the features and benefits of each.


The smallest machines in each product line are 36 in. wide and share many of the same attachments.

Tires or Tracks

MT52While tires on the skid-steer loader are less expensive, the mini track loader's tracks minimize damage to turf and other surfaces. Better weight distribution gives you improved traction in tough conditions and spreads the machine's weight more evenly, limiting the need for costly and time-consuming worksite repairs after a job is completed.

Sit or Stand

S70 Skid-Steer LoaderWhen you operate a machine all day, it's more comfortable to sit down. At the same time, consider how often you or your operators get off the machine to complete other tasks. If you frequently need to exit the machine, it's quicker to step off the mini track loader platform than to climb out of a skid-steer loader cab.


Although Bobcat® skid-steer loaders have excellent all-around visibility, there's no cab on a mini track loader.

Winter Use

At times, tough conditions demand the comfort of an enclosed cab. For example, the enclosed cab and heat available on a skid-steer loader is a definite advantage for snow removal.