Featuring a new Yanmar 24-HP (18.5kW) turbo-diesel engine, the SK900 takes some of the features found on Ditch Witch’s larger SK models and puts them into a beast of a mini stand-on skid steer. A narrow footprint optimises power to get the job done without sacrificing the manoeuvrability and versatility that makes the small machine so useful.
Matt Clissold from Total Perfection Landscaping was Australia’s first owner of an SK900, taking delivery in March of this year. He’s been extremely happy with the performance of the machine.
“I call it my other staff member,” grinned Matt. “It’s the one that’s always willing to work hard!”
Matt is the proud owner and working director of Total Perfection Landscapes.
Established in 2015, Total Perfection Landscapes services Greater Sydney, Newcastle, and the NSW central coast. He was previously second-in-charge on group one golf courses in Sydney and has been in the industry since he was 15.
“Total Perfection Landscapes started as a landscape-maintenance company,” recalled Matt, “though quickly progressed to include landscape construction, and now all areas of landscaping.
“We’re a diverse team that can complete a whole landscape package, so the client only needs to deal with us at the end of a new build or landscape makeover.”
The Ditch Witch SK900 packs a punch with new high-torque ground-drive motors, a significant upgrade that means this unit punches well above its weight, providing increased tractive effort, and power available to attachments. An easy-flip throttle allows operators to conveniently manage speed for more efficiency. The new Yanmar engine runs at a lower rpm making it a lot quieter.
An all-new troubleshooting gauge ensures it’s easy to identify faults and monitor engine parameters.
“It gives me great peace of mind knowing it’s there should myself or one of my staff members need it,” stated Matt.
CEA offers a wide range of quick-change attachments for the SK900. During this review Matt was using the machine to level out dirt, but found he needed to move some pallets.
The swap from the 4-in-1 bucket to the pallet forks attachment only took about a minute, and Matt was able to make the change in a narrow driveway.
The machine handled the tasks with ease, tracking effortlessly around the site, manoeuvring through tight spaces and around the side of the house, and lifting anything that needed to be moved (featuring a tipping load of 1208kg).
The SK900 features intuitive controls that are easy to learn and use effectively. This is especially important for Total Perfection Landscaping, as it often has multiple operators utilising the machine.
The Ditch Witch SK900 mini skid steer is an excellent investment for landscaping and construction professionals. Its compact size, new hydraulic system and high-torque drive motor combination plus versatile attachments make it a valuable tool for a variety of projects, while its safety features and user-friendly controls make it a great choice for businesses with multiple employees.
If you’re in the market for a mini skid steer, the Ditch Witch SK900 is definitely worth considering. A powerful engine, versatile attachments and user-friendly controls make it an excellent investment for businesses of all sizes.
Learn more at ditchwitchcea.com.au.