Compact Track Loader Section
Jun 21, 2012
Case entered the compact track loader market in 2006 when it launched small tracked loaders for those customers requiring the same performance as Case skid steer loaders, but with less ground pressure. The Alpha Series line of compact track loaders from Case Construction Equipment features three models that deliver best-in-class horsepower and breakout force, says the company.
Case compact track loaders deliver 74 hp in the TR270 and 90 hp in both the TR320 and TV380. Rated operating capacities range from 2,700 to 4,200 lbs with a counterweight. The Alpha Series models also offer exceptional hinge-pin height, says Case, which positions the bucket higher to quickly and easily load trucks. Case Alpha Series compact track loaders feature a dozer-style undercarriage, engineered to hold fast on steep slopes and take command of muddy or sandy terrain. According to the company, the undercarriage has a rigid track frame with fewer moving parts, so it is more durable and easier to maintain than suspension track systems.
The Alpha Series includes two radial-lift models, the TR270 and TR320, and an all-new vertical-lift model, the TV380. The TV380 is a new class size to meet customer demand for a tracked version of the popular Case 465 skid steer. The radial-lift machines (designated with an R in the model name), are engineered for digging, prying and pushing, while the vertical-lift models (designated with a V), excel in lift-and-carry applications.
Case Alpha Series compact track loaders provide improved visibility, operator comfort, climate management and operator controls. To begin, the cabs are up to 25 percent larger — among the widest in the industry — says the company. The Alpha Series cabs feature a new, improved climate management system. A new heating and air conditioning system creates a comfortable environment year-round. Case compact track loaders offer standard two-speed travel and electro-hydraulic switchable controls.
The Alpha Series models also feature larger fuel tanks. Coupled with improved fuel efficiency, the new 16- to 25.5-gal fuel tanks make it possible for Case compact track loaders to run for eight to 10 hours without refueling. Easy access to filters and engine fluids simplifies maintenance on the Case Alpha Series models. Maintenance points, such as the radiator, fuel filter, battery terminals and engine oil fill, are easy to find at the rear of the machine.
Alpha Series compact track loaders offer extreme versatility in dozens of applications. More than 70 attachments are available, including augers, rakes, grapples, pallet forks, brooms, dozer blades and hammers, to take on the toughest construction, landscaping and agricultural jobs.
Advice for Buyers
“Consider the needs of your application,” says Tim O’Brien, brand marketing manager for Case Construction Equipment. “Choose the machine that is best for your particular application. For instance, the two basic compact track loader and skid steer designs are radial lift and vertical lift. If the machine will be used mostly for lift-and-carry applications, choose a vertical-lift machine. If most of the work will involve digging, prying up concrete or pushing material, the radial-lift machine is a better choice. Some applications are better suited to a compact track loader vs. a skid steer. Compact track loaders apply far less ground pressure per square inch than skid steers, so they are gentler on lawns and better in wet or muddy areas.”
Case Construction Equipment
621 State St.
Racine, WI 53402
Gehl began manufacturing agricultural implements in 1859, in West Bend, Wis. From those humble beginnings in a blacksmith shop, the Gehl brand has become a major force in the compact equipment industry worldwide. Today, Gehl’s headquarters remain in West Bend, with a state-of-the-art research and design facility, along with modern manufacturing facilities in Yankton and Madison, S.D.
The Gehl RT175 and RT210 are two ground-breaking compact track loader models, both manufactured and assembled in Yankton, S.D. Gehl compact track loaders are equipped with powerful and efficient Yanmar engines. These engines provide 179 and 206 ft-lbs of torque on RT175 and RT210 models respectively. Along with standard planetary final drive and anti-stall technology, Gehl track loaders produce the highest tractive effort in their corresponding weight classes, says the company. Productivity is further augmented by a hydraulic system pressure of 3,000 psi, delivering high performance and fast cycle times.
The RT175 and RT210 models feature radial-lift path loader configurations, providing outstanding performance in ground-engaging applications. Lift cylinders incorporate cushioning for smoother operation when lowering the lift arms. Hydraulic self-leveling is standard, as is auxiliary hydraulic flow to attachments. High flow is optional to further increase versatility. A universal manual quick-attach is also standard, to accept a broad range of attachments, and an optional universal hydraulic power quick-attach facilitates easy change-over. Standard connect-under-pressure couplers make changing attachments convenient and simple.
The all-new Gehl compact track loader cabin design is safe and comfortable, with outstanding visibility, says the company. A mechanical suspension seat is standard equipment. The full suspension seat or optional air-ride seat include direct-mounted joysticks. Controls and seat are fully adjustable to operator preference. An industry-exclusive, tilt-out foot pod make cleaning easy when necessary. All cabins, including the optional enclosed cab with heat and/or air conditioning, are certified ROPS/FOPS Level 2 for operator protection.
Operating Gehl RT175 and RT210 compact track loaders is intuitive, easy and customizable. A full color display provides clear feedback on machine status and allows operators to provide input into machine operation. Electro-hydraulic joystick controls are standard, featuring low effort levers for extended working periods. A 5x5 drive control system is equipped on all models, allowing an operator to tailor desired machine response to joystick movements. Operators can select a fast response for increased productivity or a slower response for detail work. An optional speed control system allows operators to regulate precise ground speeds at specific engine revolutions. Standard two-speed motors allow operators to choose torque or speed, depending on application needs.
The exclusive HydraTrac track tensioning system on Gehl track loaders automatically maintains correct track tension upon start-up and during operation. Track life is extended, and with maintenance-free rollers, routine service procedures demand much less operator time. A welded, dedicated undercarriage offers stability, durability and increased tractive effort.
Advice for Buyers
“Compact track loaders excel in muddy, loose conditions,” explains Sean Bifani, Gehl track loader product manager. “A machine with a dedicated undercarriage will outperform and outlast traditional bolt-on style configurations. The applications you need to perform will guide your buying decision when it comes to lift height, rated capacity and machine size. Be sure to also consider what attachments are needed and what attachments you may already own and ensure that the machine hydraulic system will be capable of powering them. Machine and track maintenance are also important factors to consider when purchasing a compact track loader. Be sure to learn what features have been built into the design to make daily track and engine maintenance simple.”
IHI introduced its first compact track loader in late 2007. After many years of customer requests, IHI decided to take on the task in early 2003. Over the course of several years of studying the market size, features, benefits and competitive models, the CL35, a 7,800-lb track loader was introduced. A few years after the CL35 introduction, the CL45, a 10,000-lb track loader, was added, broadening the line of compact track loaders even more. IHI/Compact Excavator Sales LLC has been the sole distributor in North and South America for both units.
At this time, IHI offers two compact track loader models. These units offer a contractor increased productivity and savings through superior pushing, excellent digging performance and reduced downtime, says the company. The CL35 and CL45 both boast a 10 to 15 percent larger cab than the nearest competitor, says the company, increasing cab comfort with reduced fatigue. These two IHI compact track loader models range from 67 to 83 hp with widths available in 68 or 72 in. on the CL35 to 74 in. on the CL45. IHI designed the undercarriage on both the CL35 and CL45 so that a contractor could pick between two sizes of tracks without having to change undercarriage parts (reducing operating cost).
Simplified maintenance with less downtime is achieved with IHI’s unique segmented sprockets system, notes the company. Segmented sprockets allow quick and easy replacement of the rubber tracks and sprockets. An on-board computer monitoring system has been incorporated on both units for easy diagnosis for any problem that may occur. Both units are equipped with a full tilt-up cab for instant access to all engine components and computer monitoring system.
Standard on both units, the ROPS open canopy can be easily converted to an enclosed cab by installing glass panels and a door. To regulate engine output, the ECO mode button is standard equipment for both the CL35 and CL45. A simple push of the ECO button will reduce the engine speed to 1,500 rpms for the current engine speed revolution. Reduced fuel consumption, coupled with a large capacity 24-gal fuel tank, means longer hours of operation and less downtime for refueling.
Other standard equipment on both models includes a universal quick-attach and self-leveling bucket. All attachments that a contractor may already possess for a skid steer will fit on both models of the IHI compact track loaders. The company’s catchphrase: The IHI compact loader is built for comfort, durability and reliability with the contractor in mind.
Advice for Buyers
“Before purchasing, contractors should review all units that are available,” says Kendall Aldridge, vice president of sales and operations at IHI Compact Excavator Sales LLC. “Which unit is the best fit to tackle any job a contractor would face? Demonstrate a unit and test the unit to the max. Also, consider ease of operation. Does the unit click with you? Make sure the service and support at the end of the sale is readily available. Downtime is money spent, not money made.”
IHI Compact Excavator Sales LLC
400 Production Ct.
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
While JCB entered the skid steer market in 1993, the company didn’t begin producing compact track loaders until 2001. In 2007, JCB launched the Series II skid steer and compact track loader product line. The compact track loaders were built with the same basic design as their skid steer counterparts, with the primary difference being the use of tracks instead of wheels. By the third quarter of 2010, JCB was producing three tracked machines. In November 2010, JCB launched its New Generation product line, which included large-platform skid steers and compact track loaders. In March of 2012, the line expanded with the addition of small-platform skid steers and compact track loaders.
JCB’s New Generation product line includes four large-platform tracked models (the 225T, 260T, 300T and 320T) and three small-platform machines (the 150T, 190T and 205T) for a total of seven compact track loaders offering vertical or radial lift. These machines weigh from 1,500 to 3,200 lbs. JCB’s compact track loaders mimic the company’s skid steer loaders, using a single-arm “PowerBoom” to enhance operator safety and visibility. Visibility that’s 60 percent better than that offered by competing compact track loaders, says JCB. Operators never have to exit or enter the machine over a cumbersome attachment or an unsupported boom due to the presence of a left-side entry door.
JCB compact track loaders share the vast majority of their features with the company’s skid steer models, including larger cabs, suspension seats, servo controls, sealed and pressurized cabs, good serviceability and a JCB Dieselmax engine. These machines are not only easy and comfortable to operate, they also present owners with the lowest operating costs in the industry and 16 percent better fuel economy, according to JCB. JCB performance tests show these machines to enhance operator productivity by 21 percent for a positive impact on an owner’s bottom line. Because compact track loaders have a lower center of gravity than their wheeled skid steer counterparts, they are generally more stable, making them an excellent choice for operators of all skill levels.
Advice for Buyers
“Always choose a machine with a rated operating capacity that can handle your heaviest anticipated load,” says Ashby Graham, product specialist for JCB. “But be sure that your machine can access your worksite. Smaller sites, such as residential backyards, may not be able to accommodate a larger machine. Tracked machines are better than wheeled skid steers on wet, soft ground due to their lower center of gravity. A general rule of thumb: A wheeled machine can’t always do what a tracked machine can, but a tracked machine can do what a wheeled machine can’t. Determine if there are other options available that might allow jobs to be completed faster or more easily. A smooth ride system, for example, cushions the loader arm to reduce material spillage on rough terrain. High-flow hydraulics make it possible to use a wider range of attachments, and a hydraulic quick-hitch makes changing those attachments fast and easy.”
JCB North America
2000 Bamford Blvd.
Pooler, GA 31322
A close relative of the skid steer loader, compact track loaders are versatile, powerful machines in a small package. With rubber tracks instead of wheels, compact track loaders are better suited to softer terrain and have a lower impact on the ground. Compact track loaders are relative newcomers to the compact category. John Deere started offering these dedicated track loaders in 2005 with two models. Over the years, the company has expanded its offering to include five models and numerous options and attachments.
John Deere’s D Series represents the next generation of Deere’s compact track loaders, combining proven technology and enhanced undercarriage long life design. These units also offer numerous customer-recommended enhancements that help contractors increase productivity and uptime and keep daily operating costs low. These include a larger operator station, a quiet pressurized cab with best-in-class visibility and a curved-glass, swing-out door.
The John Deere compact track loader line also features an innovative cooling system and optional hydraulically-driven, variable-speed fan that reverses to clear debris buildup, keeping the machines running smoothly longer. Each model’s job-proven steel-reinforced tracks provide sure-footed traction and superior longevity, says Deere. Additional options include an electro-hydraulic joystick, variable boom and bucket speed settings and more than 100 attachments.
All-steel rollers, idlers and sprockets, as well as steel-imbedded rubber tracks, make the D Series undercarriage more robust and durable for longer life and more uptime, says the company. John Deere’s compact track loaders also utilize dozer roller seal and bearing technology, providing superior performance without leaks under tough conditions. The all-steel rollers are also easier to clean after work in muddy conditions.
The double flange rollers and idlers offer a smooth ride, increasing operator comfort and productivity. They are also larger than competitive models, which helps increase rubber track life by reducing heat buildup with the largest bending radii of the track. The final drive planetary reduction gearbox’s bearings are 100 percent larger than those of the competition and will last significantly longer, says Deere. This size also offers increased pushing power, notes the company.
Advice for Buyers
“Compact track loaders come in several sizes and power levels,” says Gregg Zupancic, John Deere product marketing manager for skid steers and compact track loaders. “Buyers should keep their current and future needs in mind when purchasing a compact track loader. Considerations like power, boom height and available attachments will all affect how useful a compact track loader is on the jobsite. Operator comfort and visibility are also key factors, as they affect overall productivity and jobsite safety.”
John Deere Worldwide
Construction & Forestry Div.
P.O. Box 8806
Moline, IL 61266
Kubota Tractor Corp. began marketing in the United States in 1972, with an initial introduction of a 12-hp compact tractor. In 1974, Kubota brought its trademark orange compact tractors to the forefront of the U.S. market by adding a four-wheel drive unit. The company has greatly expanded its product offerings since then, joining the compact track loader market in 2010, when it introduced the 75- and 90-hp models of the Kubota SVL75 and SVL90-1.
Today, Kubota offers two similar compact track loaders, the 75-hp SVL75 and the 92-hp SVL90-2 models. For 2012 the SVL90-2 is in compliance with the Interim Tier 4 exhaust emission regulations, using a common rail fuel injection system, in combination with an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) system. Powered by efficient Kubota engines, both compact track loaders are all-Kubota designed, engineered and manufactured to deliver durability and quality, says the company.
Kubota’s track loaders are different from competitors because they are created exclusively from Kubota-engineered and -manufactured components. Both Kubota SVL compact track loader models deliver best-in-class bucket breakout force and have exceptional lifting capacity, says Kubota. The 74.3-gross hp SVL75 boasts a 6,204-lb bucket breakout force and a 4,881-lb lifting capacity. The 92-gross hp SVL90-2 has a bucket breakout force of 7,961 lbs and a lifting capacity of 5,869 lbs. Both models are powered by a four-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged Kubota diesel engine.
Kubota’s versatile compact track loaders are equipped with a rigid-mount undercarriage, a vertical lift designed for long reach (41 in.) and maximum lifting and dumping capabilities. A variety of performance-matched attachments are available for the SVL75 and SVL90-2, including several bucket options with teeth or straight edges, four-in-one buckets, pallet forks and more.
The SVL75 and SVL90-2 offer a wide cab entrance and a spacious, comfortable operator area. The roomy operator area features a high-back, fully adjustable suspension seat and ample leg room. A hand-and-foot throttle ensures exceptional convenience. Both models are equipped with two-speed travel and high-ground clearance for optimal travel performance on rough construction site terrain. The overall design is built to ensure stability and comfort in uneven terrain.
Kubota’s SVL75 and SVL90-2 are designed with time-saving maintenance in mind, featuring an easy tilt-up cabin for convenient access. Daily maintenance checks for engine oil dipstick, fuel filter, water/fuel separator, air cleaner and coolant level are simple, and greasing the machine is also easy with all grease fittings accessible from ground level. A slide-and-tilt radiator and oil cooler are simple to reach because it requires the removal of only four bolts to be tilted for easy cleaning. In addition, Kubota’s compact track loaders were designed to sustain hard work and heavy loads; the main frame and undercarriage are a one-piece, welded unit to provide uncompromised structural strength, says Kubota.
Advice for Buyers
“Select the size of machine for your current applications and ensure that it has enough power and capacity to satisfy your future growth,” says Erik Ouwersloot, Kubota product manager. “Also, choose a dealer that will support your product well. Consider selecting a vertical-lift compact track loader if truck loading is part of your job. You can get closer to the vehicle, dump the load past the center of the truck body and strike the load flat, something that is difficult to do with a radial-lift loader. Generally, a vertical-lift machine has greater stability, reaches further and has a higher lift capacity.”
Kubota Tractor Corp.
3401 Del Amo Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Mustang began in the 19th century as the Owatonna Mfg. Co. Starting as an agricultural implement manufacturer, Mustang has since grown into a 21st century compact equipment leader. Mustang built its first skid steer in 1965. Entering the track loader market in 2001, Mustang has a lot of experience in the dedicated track loader industry. Mustang track loaders are manufactured in Yankton, S.D.
Mustang offers two track loader models to meet the needs of today’s compact equipment users. The 1750RT and 2100RT integrate innovation with proven experience to bring a new breed of track loader to the market. Powerful and efficient Yanmar engines rated at 68 and 71 hp are at the core of Mustang track loaders. These engines, in concert with standard anti-stall technology and planetary final drive, contribute to class-leading tractive effort and fuel efficiency, says Mustang.
Models feature radial-lift loader arm geometry, offering excellent power in ground-engaging applications, and additional reach at trailer loading height. A low profile boom design enhances visibility, while providing a class-leading lift height of 128 in. Auxiliary hydraulic flow is standard (high flow optional), with connect-under-pressure couplers. A standard universal mechanical quick-attach plate contributes to versatility, while an optional hydraulic quick-attach facilitates change-over. Adjustable response control (5x5 Ride Control System) is standard equipment, allowing operators to customize machine response to joystick movements. Adjustable speed control is optional, allowing operators to manage precise ground speeds at specific engine revolutions.
Mustang track loaders feature a dedicated welded undercarriage designed to withstand the most arduous of applications. The undercarriage design assists in superior weight distribution, which enhances stability, grading, tractive effort and ride control. The HydraTrac automatic track tensioning system introduces a new level of innovation, by automatically maintaining proper track tension. Track life is extended, reducing operating costs, and less maintenance is required to maintain track tension. Critical drive hoses are routed on the interior of the chassis, unlike competitors, protecting these vital components from damage.
Operators will appreciate the spacious, ergonomic operator environment, says Mustang. Industry-leading safety is provided by a standard Level 2 ROPS structure. A cab-forward design offers excellent visibility to the bucket. Seat-mounted joystick controls move with the contoured, fully adjustable standard mechanical suspension seat. A two-piece restraint makes easy work of operator ingress and egress. A standard customizable color display monitors machine performance and allows operators to customize machine functionality. An exclusive tilt-out foot pod is easily cleaned when needed. An optional sealed and pressurized cabin is available, with heat and/or air conditioning. Electro-hydraulic controls are standard, facilitating ease of operation.
The 1750RT and 2100RT are packed with standard features, including hydraulic self-leveling, two-speed drive motors, maintenance-free rollers, HydraTrac auto track tensioning system and much more. In the RT Series, Mustang boasts, it brings a whole new breed of track loader to the marketplace.
Advice for Buyers
“Even though there are a multitude of brands and options when it comes to making a track loader purchase, you will soon find that the major components are basically the same,” says Sean Bifani, Mustang track loader product manager. “The key is to first determine what you plan to do with the machine. What tasks do you need to accomplish? What terrain and space do you work in most often? What attachments do you already own and what ones do you still need? Be sure to also consider the future needs of the machine. Once these needs are established it will be simple to narrow down your options in the market. Consider the machine’s lift height, rated capacity and overall size. Review the attachment options available as well as the requirements of the hydraulic system on the machine. Review carefully the basic daily maintenance of the machine and the tracks. Daily maintenance should be easy to perform and components easy to access. If you will be the operator, make sure the operator’s compartment is comfortable and meets your environmental needs.”
In 2005, New Holland Construction launched its first dedicated compact track loader. With the company’s long and established skid steer history, New Holland compact track loaders quickly caught on and now represent one of the top lines at New Holland Construction. The 200 Series is the second generation of compact track loaders. These machines feature a dozer-style undercarriage built on decades of experience in heavy equipment undercarriage design. The new compact track loader design gives the operator superior traction with a light footprint and the legendary New Holland Super Boom. All New Holland Construction compact track loader models were designed with the combined goals of lower machine height and industry-leading bucket height and reach.
Three compact track loader models make up the New Holland 200 Series. The C232 and C238 compact track loaders feature the patented vertical-lift Super Boom design, delivering the industry’s best forward dump height and reach, says New Holland. Unlike competitive models, says the company, these units can reach higher and farther to load material to the center of trucks, finishing jobs faster.
The 200 Series compact track loaders also includes the C227, a radial-lift machine, which provides excellent digging performance for landscaping and construction applications. The New Holland 200 Series compact track loader cab is one of the widest, most comfortable cabs in the industry, says New Holland, providing more head and foot room and offering twice the visibility in critical zones. The rear window provides best-in-class rear visibility, according to the company, and the lighting package delivers superior jobsite visibility, boosting productivity.
Because the rigid undercarriage and machine weight is distributed over a large area, New Holland compact track loaders provide a stable ride over the roughest working surfaces. The frame sheds material away from the track. Undercarriage components include permanently lubed idlers and rollers and a steel-belted rubber track. With fewer moving parts than a suspension track system, maintenance costs are significantly reduced.
Daily maintenance on the 200 Series compact track loaders is quick and easy, so operators can stay on schedule. The ground-level service checkpoints are easy to access and grouped together. There is nothing to disconnect, and no special tools are required. A quick daily service check only takes minutes, but will pay off during the entire life of the machine. For complete access, the service technician only needs to remove two nuts and washers to tilt the cab forward. Another improvement is the redesigned hydraulic system, which extends the service interval to 2,000 hours and significantly reduces the amount of used and disposed oil.
New Holland offers more than 50 compact track loader attachments — including augers, brooms, grapples, hammers and pallet forks — to handle countless construction, landscaping or agricultural jobs. From digging, lifting and hammering, to trenching, planing or drilling, operators can count on New Holland attachments to boost their productivity. Plus, new loaders feature a hydraulic heavy-duty coupler for customers who frequently change attachments.
New Holland Construction
621 State St.
Racine, WI 53402
Takeuchi manufacturing began in 1963 and has been a pioneer in the compact equipment industry ever since. Takeuchi developed one of the world’s first compact excavators in 1970 and the company’s innovation continued again in the mid-‘80s with the introduction of its first compact track loader. These two products have transformed the North American construction equipment markets and have positioned Takeuchi as a leading provider of compact equipment.
Takeuchi compact track loaders are designed and engineered with superior power, strength and maneuverability, says the company, providing a high level of quality and performance. Each of the company’s compact track loaders come with a two-year, 2,000-hour full machine warranty. For more peace of mind, Takeuchi offers optional P3 Power Protection Plan choices that provide additional coverage levels for powertrain, powertrain and hydraulics or full machine plans, all with no deductible.
Takeuchi track loaders feature rubber tracks that provide flotation for working in muddy or difficult conditions providing all-weather versatility. A tilt-back operator compartment offers quick and easy access to the engine and major hydraulic components, and a unique undercarriage design uses steel-to-steel contact between the track and rollers for greater durability when working in extreme conditions. A radial boom design provides the lift height and reach you would expect from a vertical-lift boom design, but with the performance benefits of a radial-lift design. Radial lift means better power transfer and fewer wear points.
A welded track frame incorporates a unitary design with full width structural cross members adding strength and rigidity to the entire machine, and double-reduction, planetary drive motors provide high travel speeds and outstanding pushing power for easy maneuvering with heavy attachments. Takeuchi track loaders also offer spacious and comfortable operator compartments for highly productive and fatigue-free operation, and precision joystick controls provide accurate, fingertip operation of loader and travel functions.
Because customers are looking for solutions, Takeuchi’s focus is to build machines that incorporate solutions into every component and feature. Takeuchi’s design philosophy is built around four pillars: performance, durability, serviceability and operator comfort. According to Takeuchi, these pillars are really the expectations that every customer has for the machine, no matter what the application.
Advice for Buyers
“For us, the most important considerations when choosing a compact track loader are performance and durability,” says John Vranches, national sales manager with Takeuchi US. “Look for an undercarriage design that uses only fully welded track frames and steel-to-steel contacts between the track and rollers for greater durability when working in extreme conditions. Look for a large operator’s compartment, offering excellent visibility and comfort and a six-way adjustable suspension seat with arm rests, easy-to-operate pilot controls and a spacious floor. Consider a tilt back operator’s compartment and heavy-duty rear door, which provides quick and easy access to components for basic maintenance.”
519 Bonnie Valentine Way
Pendergrass, GA 30567
A.S.V. Inc., which was acquired by Terex Corp. in March of 2008, began producing the Posi-Track and rubber tracked all-purpose crawler in 1987. A.S.V. introduced its first compact track loader in 1990. After introducing its rubber track loaders to the public market in 1994, A.S.V. Inc. quickly became one of the fastest growing companies in the country. In November 2008, Terex Construction introduced a dedicated compact equipment line, distributed throughout North America.
As of January 1, 2009, A.S.V. compact track loaders have been manufactured, marketed and distributed under the Terex name. Today, Terex has one of the largest lines of compact track loaders with seven distinct models from 30 to 100 hp with a variety of options and attachments that best fit specific applications for most customer needs. Terex compact track loaders are purpose-built machines designed from the ground up to run on a suspended rubber track for maximum traction, flotation, ground clearance and balance. And, due to its lighter weight, says the company, Terex compact track loaders produce great efficiencies in operation and speed. Most of its competitors use a rigid track technology, says Terex, with steel embedded tracks mounted on an existing skid steer chassis.
The company’s machine-specific designs include a patented Posi-Track undercarriage system. By using more bogie wheels, Terex compact track loaders provide maximum ground contact area with the lowest ground pressure on the market. This increases flotation on the most sensitive ground conditions while increasing traction even in wet, muddy or snowy conditions. An internal positive drive system on all Terex compact track loaders offers a low-friction drive for smooth, efficient operation at higher speeds. Internal drive systems have far less friction than external drive systems.
The skeletons of Terex compact track loaders are constructed with composite materials, rather than steel, so the tracks do not corrode or rust. This generally results in a longer lasting track. Terex undercarriages feature two types of suspension: single level or dual level. On single-level suspended undercarriages, the entire undercarriage is suspended from the chassis of the machine by torsion axles. On most models, these torsion axles are independent, so there are four suspension points connecting the chassis to the undercarriage. This creates a very smooth ride and takes away much of the vibration and shock associated with running over rocks, curbs and other rough terrain.
On dual level suspended undercarriages the same suspension system is used as on the single level, but a second level is added. This second level allows the bogie wheels of the machine to flex as well, creating excellent ride comfort and traction. Terex says it’s the only compact track loader manufacturer to offer three different track options: general purpose tracks, which provide excellent traction in most conditions; smooth turf tracks, which provide ultimate care and protection on sensitive surfaces like turf or finished landscaping; and extreme terrain tracks, with aggressive track treads and 10 percent more width, providing additional gripping action for use in snow, mud or other extreme conditions.
Advice for Buyers
“Compact track loaders are versatile and productive tools, and by using the compact track loader when working on soft, sensitive surfaces, contractors can avoid costly repair and clean up later,” says Jamie Wright, product manager for Terex Construction. “Discover the strength of each piece of equipment and rely on each piece to handle the job it does best. When choosing a compact track loader, make sure the piece of equipment is going to be adequate for 85 to 90 percent of your jobsites needs — don’t sacrifice power, breakout force or anything else just to save a dollar. When considering one brand over another, consider the reliability of the machine and how well you know and understand its parts. Are you comfortable with the technology that’s under the hood?”
8800 Rostin Rd.
Southaven, MS 38671
Volvo Construction Equipment first offered compact track loaders with the introduction of the C-Series single loader arm design at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011. Two models were introduced at that time — the MCT125C and MTC135C. In May of 2012, Volvo Construction Equipment expanded the line with the addition of the MCT85C compact track loader.
Today, Volvo Construction Equipment offers three tracked models in its C-Series compact track loader product line — MCT85C, MCT125C and MCT135C with rated operating capacities from 1,900 to 3,000 lbs. These compact track loaders have gross engine power of 59.9 to 92 hp.
The Volvo tracked machines provide customers with new application versatility and deliver good power transfer from the driveline to the ground, along with better stability and traction in tough terrain. Featuring a unique single loader arm design, these compact track loaders deliver superior loading performance and durability, along with improved visibility, safety and enhanced cab access of a side-entry machine.
Due to the single loader tower arm design, operators enter and exit the cab through a large, wide-opening side cab door. This eliminates the need for operators to climb onto and over the bucket or attachment, which many times can be muddy, wet or slippery. Side entry also eliminates an uncomfortable body turn required of operators to sit down in traditional skid steer loader cab designs.
All service and maintenance points are accessible through simple, safe means. In addition, the side entry and exit of the cab makes it possible for the operator to engage the loader arm support without the aid of a second person. Because of the side door, the operator can stop the machine, safely exit the machine without walking under the load and then walk around the rear of the machine to safely engage the support.
Dependable track performance provides increased stability on steep grades and rough ground. Tracks deliver higher traction and flotation, along with lower ground pressure for the ability to work in inclement conditions, improving year-round availability. Excellent vertical lift makes the C-Series ideal for truck loading with more reach at full height and for working in a wide range of material handling applications.
The loader arm effectively distributes the load over the single loader arm. Without the horizontal cross member found on two-arm, vertical-lift machines, operators experience excellent all-around, class-leading visibility. The cab also features a large top window for improved visibility during truck loading.
Each model features good tip height and reach, along with powerful lift capacity — making Volvo skid steer loaders highly efficient in repeated load-and-carry operations. Powerful engines deliver proven power and dependability.
Advice for Buyers
“Single-arm compact track loaders are vertical-lift machines, ideal for material handling, such as pallets, bricks or loading large amounts of material into a truck,” says John Comrie, Volvo CE competency manager for utility products. “The single-tower loader arm delivers loading performance and durability with operator safety, visibility and serviceability. Side entry and exit of the cab, even with the loader arm lifted, eliminates the need for the operator to climb over a bucket or attachment. The single-arm loader design delivers strength and high-quality performance with a wide range of attachments such as buckets, pallet forks, dozer blades, rakes and more, providing for year-round operation. All service and maintenance points on single-arm loaders are easy and safe to access through a forward-tilting cab and large rear compartment service door.”
Volvo Construction Equipment
One Volvo Dr.
Asheville, NC 28803
Since its inception in 1912, Yanmar’s core business has been the production of engines. Following the hugely successful introduction of the walk-behind dozer in 1967, Yanmar understood the need for even more versatile compact construction machinery and introduced the first mini excavator in 1968. After years of success with track technology and mini excavators, Yanmar will be adding a lineup of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders this summer.
Yanmar’s two new compact track loaders allow operators to work efficiently in mud, sand or sensitive environments. Operators get the same raw power, lift height and versatility of Yanmar skid steers, but with high-strength rubber tracks for extra traction and less surface damage. Operators can easily get into and out of a site quicker and neater than ever before. The Yanmar T175 compact track loader is equipped with a 68.4-hp Yanmar diesel engine, rated operating capacity of 1,750 lbs, 127.5-in. height to hinge pin, 18.5 gpm of auxiliary hydraulic flow and bucket breakout force of 5,189 lbs. This gives contractors the ability to complete a job when the conditions are harsh. The T175 touts best-in-class ground speed, tractive effort, bucket dump height and bucket reach, says Yanmar, setting itself apart from other competitors.
The Yanmar T210 compact track loader is engineered with a 70.7-hp Yanmar diesel engine, rated operating capacity of 2,100 lbs, 128-in. height to hinge pin, 21.8-gpm auxiliary hydraulic flow and a bucket breakout force of 5,492 lbs. This unit gives pros a solid product offering for any job that comes their way, says Yanmar. The T210 also gives best-in-class tractive effort, bucket dump height and bucket reach.
Contractors can never have too much power or too much fuel efficiency. Yanmar’s Interim Tier 4 naturally-aspirated diesel engines aim to give operators both. These engines deliver big power to lift heavy loads along with the fuel-sipping savings businesses demand.
State-of-the-art cab ergonomics allow operators to have great visibility and comfort. The standard 5x5 drive control system offers five presets that change joystick sensitivity, position reaction, engine response, anti-stall and pump swash plate position to suit operator preferences and application requirements.
Professionals can’t get much work done if they have to constantly stop and adjust the tension on the tracks. That’s why Yanmar’s industry-exclusive Automatic Track Tensioning System does it for you. The system starts before work begins and continually adjusts while operators grade, haul or do any of the hundreds of other applications contractors need to get done. Yanmar’s compact track loaders give a great sense of comfort with a one piece undercarriage and welded, dedicated track system. Operators can run the machine and not worry about downtime in the middle of a job, says Yanmar.
The company’s Anti-Stall system makes sure operators get the power to see a tough job through to the end without interruption. Anti-Stall automatically adjusts the hydrostatic pump, so as drive load increases, maximum engine torque and drive power are maintained.
Advice for Buyers
“When you are searching for the perfect machine for your business, make sure to learn about the required daily maintenance,” explains Jake Jeffords, product marketing manager for Yanmar America Corp. “All contractors want to keep their machine operating as long as possible. Knowing the amount and type of daily maintenance required to keep your machine up and running is a major consideration. Also, make sure you put in some time in the seat of each machine and note the differences before purchasing. Brand name alone does not sell a machine, but the comfort and ease of use will help steer you in the right direction.”
101 International Pkwy.
Adairsville, GA 30103