Skidders

For those who work in logging, skidders perform the essential task of getting felled logs roadside. They must be able to handle the caliber of material you're working with and provide low operating costs and high efficiency. Caterpillar® answers the call with durable, high-performance machinery that can meet the needs of logging work. If you're looking to buy a new Cat skidder, you'll find several options available at Thompson Tractor.

Cat® Skidders for Sale

Our new Cat skidders for sale include an array of high-performance tools complete with comfortable cabs and features for easy serviceability, efficiency, and operation.

Most skidders feature high swing torque and hydraulic horsepower, along with a variable pitch reversing cooling fan, purpose-built frames and cabs, and easy access to service and cleaning areas. Each Cat skidder can be outfitted with task-specific options, and most come in two models — one for general forestry and an LL model for log-loading applications:

  • 538 and 538 LL: With the fuel-efficient, 164-horsepower C7.1 ACERT™ engine and high-performance hydraulics, the 538 and 538 LL models can take handle a variety of logging work quickly and productively. They have a high swing speed of 11 revolutions per minute (RPM) and increased stability due to a wide undercarriage. For quick, agile work, the 538 or 538 LL is an excellent choice.
  • 548 and 548 LL: For high-production work, the 548 and 548 LL models feature an optimized Cat C7.1 ACERT engine with 204 horsepower and a 1,600-RPM operating speed. These models feature advanced hydraulics and controls for peak productivity and can be outfitted with tools that enable more tasks. These Cat skidders come with advanced cab options to improve comfort and operation.
  • 558 and 558 LL: With the 558 and 558 LL, durability, engine power, and high-performing hydraulics contribute to an extreme-duty build that reduces operating costs and boosts productivity. The C7.1 ACERT engine with its 239 horsepower makes it all possible. These skidders can stand up to even the toughest of environments.
  • 568: The 568 is the fastest-moving Cat skidder with 1,800 RPM and 319 horsepower in its C9.3 ATAAC™ engine. It comes with low-effort precision controls and a fuel-efficient engine for the maximum level of productivity. The 568 is an excellent choice if you're aiming for the most productive workspace possible.

Each of these Cat skidders for sale is equipped to boost productivity and increase your operating speed, as well as the safety and comfort of operators. Industry-leading technologies and features from Caterpillar can get you there.

Buy Cat Skidders From Thompson Tractor

Thompson Tractor is proud to be your local expert on all things Caterpillar. In addition to knowledgeable and skilled representatives, we also offer a variety of services — like parts, repairs, and financing — to become your one-stop shop. We've been building relationships for over 60 years. If you need help making your skidder selection, we can help there, too. Browse our selection of Cat skidders online and reach out to us at 800-547-0760 or online if you have questions.