A skid-steer loader continues to be a highly versatile piece of equipment on a farm, especially as manufacturers add more attachment options. Here's a selection of the latest skid-steer options, all designed to make farm chores easier.

Hydraulic hitch

Now you can unhitch attachments to your skid-steer loader quickly and conveniently without leaving the seat. Kasco is manufacturing the Hydra-Hitch that uncouples attachments hydraulically. The hitch attaches to the skid steer's original latching system with a simple bolt package. It is currently designed to fit the John Deere 200 series skid steers. Models for additional skid steers will be available in the future. Prices start at $450. Contact Kasco Mfg., Dept. FIN, 170 W. 600 N., Shelbyville, IN 46176, 800/458-9129, www.kascomfg.com.

Cement mixer

If you need to add a pad of cement to a building or feed yard but don't want the expense of a commercial cement truck, check out the portable mixer from Worksaver that fits on a skid steer. The new model SS-585 mixer handles one bag of cement mix in its welded steel drum. The hydraulically driven, self-contained mixer is equipped with internal paddles to ensure uniform mixing. Price: $2,950. Contact Worksaver, Dept. FIN, Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056, 217/324-5973, www.worksaver.com.

Grapple rake

Clear fence rows, pick up trees, and move large pieces of debris with Worksaver's Grapple Rake. Three replaceable welded-on tines are spaced 50 in. apart to pick up debris while leaving dirt behind. The grapple mounts on either skid steers or tractor front loaders. Price: $1,850. Contact Worksaver, Dept. FIN, Box 100, Litchfield, IL 62056, 217/324-5973, www.worksaver.com.