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Compact Equipment in the US Military

by Jim Strong | Nov 09, 2020 |

Skid Steers, Skid Loaders, CTL, SSL, Military

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How much do you know about compact construction equipment in the military?

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Zombies and Remote-Controlled CTLs and SSLs

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 29, 2020 |

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

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One of the justifications for having a remote-controlled skid steer loader or track loader is the ability to perform dangerous tasks from a distance -- and that sounds like a good reason to have one on hand for a zombie apocalypse.

 


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Final Drives and Tigers

So what do tigers have to do with final drives? Well, read on to find out!


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Built Robotics: Are Robots Going to Replace Operators?

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 17, 2019 |

Excavators, CTL, Autonomous Equipment

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In the three years since it was founded, Built Robotics has progressed considerably from an automated compact track loader to a research fleet of seven heavy equipment machines. So what exactly are their goals? Do we need to worry about robotic overlords taking the form of compact track loaders and skid steers?

 


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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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How Undercarriage Condition Can Impact Travel Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 10, 2018 |

Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators, MTL, CTL

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You may already know that your undercarriage accounts for a good portion of your overall excavator M&O costs. What you may not realize is that failure to maintain your undercarriage can adversely affect the performance of your travel motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you can learn how the condition of your undercarriage can impact your travel motor.


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