Coming Soon: Simlog's New Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator!

The skid steer loader is a versatile, mobile machine that may be equipped with a wide variety of attachments to perform different jobsite tasks; the two most common attachments are buckets and forks. And because of its small size and simple operator controls, the skid steer loader is considered "entry level" heavy equipment, so that's where operator training often begins.

Practically, danger is always present, and injuries are most often caused by rollovers. In particular, a skid steer loader will become unstable when the bucket or forks are overloaded, when carrying loads with the lift arms raised too high, or when driving up and down slopes. Clearly, for all of these reasons, operator training is especially important. Time for new help from simulation!

Simlog's new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator, the world's first, will put you at the controls of a typical skid steer loader with operating capacity of about 2,200 lbs. (1,000 kg) at work in a typical construction site surrounded by city streets and a park. A new dump truck is available for work with the bucket, and a new flatbed truck for work with the fork attachments.

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Simlog's new Skid Steer Personal Simulator will complete our line-up of Personal Simulators for the major "families" of earth-moving equipment, joining Backhoe Loader, Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, Wheel Loader, and Off-Highway Truck (with Motor Grader on the horizon).

Like all of our leading products, you can set up either one display in front, or three displays in front, as presented here, to create a 180 degree "panoramic" view; you can also change the viewpoint to "see" backwards (while still looking forwards), like the "rear view camera" display in a car.

Multipurpose Replica Joysticks with Tabletop Brackets and Three Displays Operator Chair with Three Displays

Simulator Controls

There will be two configurations for the (USB-ready) simulator controls, as per the two kinds of operator controls in the cabins of real skid steer loaders.

The most common configuration will be two (multi-purpose) joysticks that you can also use with many other Personal Simulators. (PC Joysticks from Logitech and Thrustmaster, will provide lower cost alternatives.) Both "H-Pattern" and "ISO" joystick patterns will be offered.

But because some (real) skid steer loaders also have pedals, the second configuration will feature the same two joysticks and "rocker-style" pedals developed for Simlog's Hydraulic Excavator Personal Simulator. (When there are pedals, they are used to control the lift arms and the attachment.)

Multipurpose Replica Joysticks with Tabletop Brackets 2-Pedal Replica Controls Unit

Using other options, you will be able to choose either "vertical" or "radial" lift path types (lift arm geometries), and modify the 3D modelling to select one of two different colour combinations.

There will also be an option to choose either a "general purpose" bucket without teeth or a "rock" bucket with teeth, and an option for cabin semi-transparency (as per many other Personal Simulators).

Simulation Modules

A total of eight Simulation Modules will present training scenarios typical of real skid steer loader work and for each one, key "Performance Indicators" will measure how quickly and how carefully the simulated work is performed, as well as tracking events related to safety and operating procedures. Especially important are two Performance Indicators related to rollover, one to detect when a wheel is off the ground, and the other to detect an imminent overturn condition.

For the bucket attachment:

  • Controls Familiarization, to learn the "what does what"
  • Positioning, like many Simlog products (Backhoe Loader, Hydraulic Excavator, Bulldozer, etc.), with targets for both the bucket and forks
  • Stockpiling 1, to load, move, and dump rough material on the ground using the bucket (like Backhoe Loader)
  • Stockpiling 2, as before but now working on slopes (so driving up and down)
  • Truck Loading, like "Stockpiling" but now dumping to a dump truck (like Backhoe Loader, but new truck 3D modelling), coming with the second commercial software release

For the forks attachments:

  • Load Handling 1, with initial and target positions for the loads on the ground (like Forklift)
  • Load Handling 2, as before but now working on slopes (so driving up and down)
  • Load Handling 3, as before but now working with a flatbed truck (like Forklift)

Test-Driving at ACTE

Simlog showcased a pre-commercial version of the new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim California, December 5-6, at our booth #441.


The first commercial version of Simlog's new Skid Steer Loader Personal Simulator is scheduled for release on May 18, to be followed by a second commercial version in the Fall 2020.

To Learn More

This information was last updated on April 17, 2020. To learn more, please contact Simlog.