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Signs That Your CTL Track Drive Needs Attention

by Dr McCaslin | May 13, 2019 |

Compact Track Loader, Multi Terrain Loader, CTL

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You depend on your CTL for getting work done and meeting deadlines, and every hour of downtime can cut into your bottom line. That’s why it is critical that you know the warning signs that something major is about to go wrong with your final drive -- if you catch the problem early, you can minimize downtime and keep those repair costs down.

Update on the Built Robotics Self-Driving CTL

Built Robotics has teamed up with CMG Construction Teams to put their self-driving track loader to work on a commercial construction site in Billings, Montana. This is a big step forward for Built Robotics, which first introduced their autonomous track loader last year.


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Facts about the Bobcat 864

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 26, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, CTL, bobcat, Bobcat 864

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The Bobcat 864 track loader was Bobcat’s first venture into the compact tracked-machine market, and these robust machines are still in use. In this Shop Talk Blog Post, we are going to look at some interesting facts about the Bobcat 864/T200, like when it was first built, what kind of specs it has, and what some of the initial variations on the Bobcat 864 were like.  We'll also throw in a little bit of information about reman final drives for the older model Bobcats such as this.


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Track Tension and Final Drive Motors

What may seem to be a final drive issue can sometimes be a problem with track tension. This is true whether or not you have an excavator, a compact track loader, a multi-terrain loader, a backhoe, or any other tracked machine. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss track tension issues and general guidelines for adjusting track tension.


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Radial Lift versus Vertical Lift SSLs and CTLs

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 12, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, Skid-Steer Loaders, MTL, CTL, SSL

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When shopping for a skid steer or compact track loader, you might have noticed that one of the options available is radial lift or vertical lift. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a lightning-fast look at the differences between radial lift machines and vertical lift machines in order to determine which is best -- and we've even thrown in an infographic for good measure!


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CTLs, SSLs, and Compact Utility Tractors: Which is Best?

Which is better -- a compact track loader, a skid steer loader, or a compact utility tractor?  If you're asking this very question, you're not alone. This topic comes up more often than you might think! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we endeavor to find some answers to that question, and the results may surprise you. 

CTL / MTL Undercarriage Basics

by Jim Strong | Jan 02, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, MTL, CTL, Undercarriage

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Experts estimate that up to 50% of your maintenance costs and 20% of your CTL / MTL original cost comes from the undercarriage alone. Obviously, the undercarriage is important - but what exactly is it? Hint: the final drive is a part of it! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the term undercarriage as it applies to compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders, including what parts are included in the undercarriage and what purposes they serve.

Compact Track Loader Final Drives: 5 Signs They Need Service

There is never a convenient time to get the final drive on your CTL serviced, but servicing becomes necessary as time passes. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the signs that indicate the need for you to get your final drive serviced ASAP. Some of them are common sense, of course -- but others might not be so obvious.

4 Dangerous Myths of CTL / MTL Undercarriage Maintenance

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to debunk four dangerous myths about undercarriage maintenance for compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders. These myths include when to replace undercarriage parts, how often the undercarriage should be cleaned, the importance of daily walkarounds, and track tension.

Anatomy of a Good Final Drive Maintenance Plan for CTLs and Mini-Excavators

Final drives need scheduled maintenance if you want them to keep running when you need them the most. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to provide you with the anatomy of a good final drive maintenance plan for CTLs, MTLs, and mini-excavators.  These are basic maintenance tasks that can literally save you thousands of dollars in repairs and down time.

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