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Which is better – CTL or Skid Steer?

CAT recently took on the question – CTL or Skid Steer? In their article, CAT says you’ll need to choose based upon your applications.

It’s a common compact loader debate. Several factors come into play when choosing the right loader for your applications … the terrain, ground speed, traction, load-handling capabilities and the list continues. After receiving a ton of helpful feedback from our followers on social media, we decided to share some “food for thought” for any of you who are still grappling with the decision between tracks or wheels.

From a birds-eye view, CAT says that Compact Track Loaders (CTLs) are usually going to be preferred thanks for more traction, less ground disturbance, better material retention, and enhanced lifting capabilities. However, they do note that asphalt and concrete applications  might be better with wheeled machines such as skid steers, as these hard surfaces can cause wear on your tracks over time.


Also included are a number of quotes from various Caterpillar machine users giving their two cents on the debate.

To read the full article, visit Tracks vs. Wheels: Choosing the Right Compact Loader for Your Needs.

Compact Equipment Magazine Announced 2017 Awards

Compact Equipment has announced its awards to three of the best new products in the industry. Winners include products from Case, Bobcat, and ASV.

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.

Bobcat Introduces New Pallet Fork Frame

According to an article from, 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

NEW Bobcat Pallet Fork Frame

How to Extend the Life of Your Undercarriage

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:

  1. Clean mud dirt and rock out of your undercarriage after each workday
  2. Regularly inspect undercarriage parts for excessive wear and damaged components
  3. Operate with some extra caution – sharp turns and harsh surface applications take a toll on undercarriage and tracks as well
  4. Maintain proper track tension
  5. Use tracks that match your application by carefully selecting your track width and tread pattern
  6. 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.

Learn How to Reduce Fuel Costs from Excessive Idling

According to a new white paper from Caterpillar published on, idle time for equipment is costing owners thousands of dollars. They report that machines idle for 20% of time while running costs over $1,500 per year in fuel alone.

Additional effects include reduced component life, accelerated wear of Tier 4 technologies, decreased warranty hours, and hurts your machine’s resale value.

To reduce idle time, it is recommended that you:

  • Minimize idle time at shut off
  • Turn off machines waiting more than 5 minutes
  • Restrict morning warm-ups to 3-5 minutes
  • Take advantage of the automatic shutoff feature

See the full white paper, How Much Is Idle Time Costing You? 

Visit Us Next Week at The Farm Science Review in London, Ohio – Booth 475

MWE is proud to attend the 2017 Farm Science Review Sept. 19-21 in London, Ohio. We will be located in booth 475, located on Land Ave.

Each year, over one hundred thousand people attend this 80-acre outdoor farm show to see products from over 600 commercial vendors.

We will have tracks and tires for sale on site including deals on Ag tires, mounted skid steer tires, and more.

Additionally, MWE is just a 20 minute drive down I-70, where you can pick up any large or special orders at your convenience.

We hope to see you at the show!

Equipment Today Releases ‘Top 50 New Products’

Equipment World and hav released their 2017 Contractor’s Top50 Products Winners. These products include Attachemnts, Earthmovers, Lift Equipment, Parts & Service, Roadbuilding, Technology, Trucks, and Worksite Equipment. These are determined by inquireies on features on products featured in their magazine, and inquiries and pageviews on their website. Only one award per company is awarded.

Some winners include Compact Track Loaders such as the Bobcat T595 and JCB 260T as well as excavators by Takeuchi and Hitachi.

Four pieces of lift equipment were included showing a large amount of interest in this category of machinery.

The attachments each could add a lot of value to your compact equipment. The attachment winners are:

Digga Mini Loader 1MDS2 and 1MDS4 Auger Drives

Leading Edge Fang Rake

Loftness Carbide Cutter G4 Mulching Head Attachment

SlatTrax Ground Protection System

Vacuworx SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting System

Worksaver 36-Series Snow Pushers

Click here to read the entire article.

Franklin Equipment Announces Nashville Location

Per, Franklin Equipment has announced a new location opening which will be in Nashville, Tenn. This will be Franklin’s first location in Tennessee, but it will be their ninth location and their fourth state. The new location’s address is 1510 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203.

Each location has 24-hour service, 7 days a week by certified technicians. Franklin Equipment has an excellent reputation as an important company in Midwest rental, sales, and service for construction and agricultural equipment, as well as power tool rental. Read the full story here.