Equipment Specs

Articulated Steering

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Articulated steering is a directional system which allows for easier navigation of vehicles in tight spaces. Articulated steering systems separate the vehicle into a front half and back half, with a pivot point directly in the middle. Hydraulic pistons on each side of the vehicle allow the operator to rotate the body about the pivot point, which in turn steers the vehicle.[1][2]

Since the entire body rotates, not just the front wheels, the front axle remains solid and can handle a heavier payload than a comparable vehicle with standard steering. However, operators must be wary when adjusting the angle of the body with an elevated payload, as articulated steering systems are more prone to tipping.[3]

[edit] References

  1. Loader Essentials. [May 8, 2009].
  2. Articulated Steering Assembly. Integrated Publishing [May 8, 2009].
  3. Loader Essentials. [May 8, 2009].