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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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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.

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