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.
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.
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.
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
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.
According to a new white paper from Caterpillar published on ForConstructionPros.com, 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.
Equipment World and ForConstructionPros.com 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:
Per ForConstructionPros.com, 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.