MWE will be attending ARA’s The Rental Show next week Feb 19-21 in New Orleans. Stop by Booth 6339 and talk to our team about how to decrease your downtime and save you money. See our brand new CTL Rubber Track patterns, solid tires for skid steers, telehandlers, and boom lifts, and much more.
With the popularity of compact track loaders (CTLs) on the rise, many people think that the age of the skid steer is coming to a close.
Not so, according to a report on equipmentworld.com. In fact, skid steer sales aren’t just holding steady, but they are increasing ever so slightly. While there has been a shift in sales toward CTLs, it’s mostly likely due to the fact that they are relatively new, and their popularity is almost entirely based in North America.
Here are a few reasons why skid steers won’t be going anywhere anytime soon:
- Faster – skid steers are typically 2-5mph faster than CTLs
- Better for use on hard surfaces
- More comfortable for operators on rough terrain
- Better for snow removal
- Higher degree of maneuverability
- Cost 5-10% less to use and maintain
Skid steer sales are beginning to normalize, and while CTLs may have put a momentary dent in their market, they’re most likely here to stay.
At World of Concrete 2018, John Deere filled out its G-Series lineup of skid steers and compact track loaders by announcing two new SSLs and one new CTL.
The models, dubbed the 320G and 324G SSLs, and the 325G CTL, are mid-frame machines designed for customers that need the working output of large-frame models, but in a more compact package at a lower price.
Some of the features for these new machine include:
- Heated seats, Bluetooth radio, a rearview camera and an LED lighting package
- Standard manual foot and hand controls, and (EH) ISO joystick controls
- Optional performance packages
- Powered by 69-74 horsepower Yanmar engines
- Capable of loading a 10-foot sidewall dump truck or hopper
- Optional ride control and bucket self-level are are available
At the ongoing World of Concrete trade show, the Kubota Tractor Corporation introduced the new KX033-4 with an extendable dipper arm, according to compactequip.com. Weighing in at 3 tons, KX033-4 has the reach and dig depth of a heavier class machine.The KX033-4’s optional extendable dipper arm can reach up to 31 inches, and can dig down to over 12 feet with digging reach of over 18 feet.
Additional features of the KX033-4 include:
- Kubota’s direct injection diesel engine
- Maximum digging and lifting with minimum noise
- Auto-downshift allows smoother operation
- A spacious interior
- A large, easy-to-read, user-friendly digital panel
- Left and right hoods open fully for easy maintenance
If the buckets for your skid steers, compact track loaders, or compact wheel loaders are just a little too small, John Deere might have something you’ll be interested in.
According to equipmentworld.com, three new roll-out buckets have been added to John Deere’s Worksite Pro attachment lineup. These new, larger buckets (model numbers RB72, RB84 and RB96) provide customers with several advantages, including:
- An additional 34 inches of dump reach
- A pivot near the cutting edge for the additional height
- Hydraulics designed for higher lift to reach elevated truck beds
- 114 degrees of roll-out
- John Deere’s Quik-Tatch system, which allows customers to add or remove the buckets in seconds
This past Monday, equipmentworld.com published an infographic documenting the auction pricing of new and used telehandlers. The numbers were surprising, showing an 18% increase in price among telehandlers sold at auction when compared to last year.
Some of the other stats in the infographic depict the year-over-year change, the top states for telehandler buyers, final bid averages, and top selling new and used telehandler brands, among other things.
If you’re curious about some of the other numbers, head to equipmentworld.com and take a look for yourself.
According to equipmentworld.com, Caterpillar is extending their standard full-machine warranty from 1 year, unlimited hours, to 2 years or 2,000 hours on select new compact equipment. The affected equipment includes:
- Skid steer loaders
- Compact track loaders
- Multi-terrain loaders
- Compact excavators
This announcement by Caterpillar mirrors similar actions taken by Case Construction Equipment, who extended warranties on their skid steers and CTL’s this past November from 1 year, 1000 hours to 2 years, 2000 hours. John Deere also announced a similar warranty extension in 2016 on its compact track loaders, skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact excavators.
Cat’s extended warranty announcement did not mention compact wheel loaders, such as the 903C2, 906M, 907M, and 908M.
The Case DL450 compact track loader is the closet machine to a mini dozer in the compact track loader category. It has a steel track, dozer features such as blade shake and pitch adjustment, and a rear integrated ripper. Additionally the DL450 can be outfitted with a Leica Geosystems 3D grade control system.
Bobcat’s 5-Link Torsion Suspension provides a smoother ride, better performance, easier maintenance, and decreased downtime. Features include:
- Track-roller frames separated from the chassis
- Hydraulic track tensioning
- New drive motor which is easier to maintain and has increased durability due to lubrication from the hydraulic system
- 15% thicker drive shaftfor increased durability
ASV’s Posi-Track VT-70 becomes their first mid-frame, vertical lift CTL. The VT-70 boasts top rated operating capacity, cooling systems and hydraulic efficiency. It also features two torsion axles per side – providing additional speed and smoother ride. Additionally, the VT-70 has ride control that dampens the load to minimize material loss.
Read the full article here.
According to an article from ForConstructionPros.com, Bobcat has released it’s new pallet fork frame for Bobcat skid steers and compact track loaders, as well as Toolcat unitlity work machines and the V519 VersaHANDLER.
The new pallet fork frame:
- Can attach without the operator leaving the cab
- Makes it easy to change from pallet forks to bale forks
- It comes in three duty levels for different capacites
- Features a walk-through front frame
- Has improved visibility with open carriage design
- A center guard is available on all three models
- Reinforced brick-guard height extension available
- Features multiple tine options
Undercarriage parts are an important aspect of your compact equipment- and taking care of your sprockets, rollers, and idlers can save you money by increasing the lifespan of your tracks. Recently, Bobcat published an article on best practices for extending the life of your undercarriage.
Bobcat lists six tips:
- Clean mud dirt and rock out of your undercarriage after each workday
- Regularly inspect undercarriage parts for excessive wear and damaged components
- Operate with some extra caution – sharp turns and harsh surface applications take a toll on undercarriage and tracks as well
- Maintain proper track tension
- Use tracks that match your application by carefully selecting your track width and tread pattern
- Adhere to proper digging procedures
Keeping your undercarriage in good condition will save you money. Talk to a professional if you have questions regarding the wear on your tracks or undercarriage. They can help you make the best decision to save you money and take care of your machine. Call the experts at MWE at 1-877-336-6825.
To read the full article by Bobcat on extending the life of your undercarriage, click here.