The New Holland L555 was built throughout the 1980s
The New Holland L555 was built throughout the 1980s.

The skid-steer loader has become an essential tool and necessary investment for everyday chores for many farms, landscapers and construction operations. It’s also a key part of New Holland’s brand DNA, and 2021 marks 50 years of innovation and leadership in this market segment.

The birth of the New Holland skid steer took place in haytools design, when an engineer discovered that his mower concept could be turned on its side to achieve an upward- and forward- reaching motion – the foundation of what would become New Holland’s industry-exclusive, Super Boom vertical lift loader design.

The L35 was New Holland's first skid-steer loader launched in 1971
The L35 was New Holland’s first skid-steer loader launched in 1971.

In 1971, New Holland built its first production skid-steer loader, the L35, which introduced many industry firsts to the market. 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 also took the leader position in operator safety with the L35 being the first manufacturer to introduce roll-over and falling-object protection.

During the past five decades, New Holland has 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 nine new models ranging from 60hp to 90hp and rated operating capacity from 815kg to 2,045kg. The redesigned 300 Series provides superior visibility, greater height, reach, and enhanced operator comfort.

The latest New Holland L328 is one of nine models in the current range
The latest New Holland L328 is one of nine skid-steer models in the current range.

The 300 Series was designed with the operator in mind. New features like maintenance tracking, engine protection and ignition time-out to ensure maximum uptime and productivity. The 8-inch LCD multifunction display with backup camera conveniently shows machine performance engine data.

Along with the easy-to-navigate features, the display offers the versatility of electro-hydraulic control settings, allowing the operator to customise and adjust the machine’s settings to individual preferences and needs.

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.