Category Archives: Cat

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.

DIY Your CTL

Last month, Caterpillar published a blog detailing how CTL users can perform their own maintenance, helping to keep their machines in top condition. These checks are fairly standard and can be done in the garage, on the job site, or wherever the machine happens to be sitting.

 

The guide covers the undercarriage, track inspections, sprockets, fluid checks, and greasing points, among other things.

 

 

If you have a CTL and want to perform your own maintenance, head on over to Cat’s blog and read the full article today.

The Top Financed Compact Track Loaders

EDA by Randall-Reilly uses financing information to provide market insights in a number of industries, one of which is construction equipment. In other words, they see who finances which machines and can therefore provide information such as the most popular new and used models, average auction prices, and more.
According to an infographic at Equipment World with data from EDA by Randall Reilly and TopAuction, The Kubota SVL75-2 is the top financed new compact track loader with 2,160 units being financed from March 2016 through February 2017. The other top selling new CTL in that period is the Cat 259D with just under two thousand financed. The top financed used track loader is the Bobcat T190 with 620 units.
They also report that Compact Track Loaders are at a 10 year high for new and used machines.