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Compact Excavators and the Zombie Apocalypse

If you’re thinking ahead, you probably know that you need to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. If you plan to build shelters and clean up zombie bodies, then you need to make sure your compact excavator is ready for the first outbreak and beyond.

 

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Taking Care of the Track Drives on Your Excavator

Your excavator is a vital part of your work, and you know that if the track drives go out that excavator will not be moving anywhere. That’s why we have put together a list of tips to help you keep those track drives running!


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Drive Sprockets and Track Drives

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 25, 2019 |

Undercarriage, Tracks, Drive Sprocket

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Drive sprockets work with your final drive or track drive in order to keep your machine moving.  To get the most out of your final drive, you need to understand the impact that the drive sprocket has on its performance and recognize the signs of sprocket wear.  And that is the topic of this Shop Talk Blog post!

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7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Machines Clean

by Dr McCaslin | May 02, 2018 |

Final Drive, Undercarriage

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The nature of construction work means that you can’t keep your machines always looking new and shiny. However, you can keep them clean. Here are seven good reasons why you should keep your machines clean--you might be surprised at the benefits!

Impact of Working Conditions on Your CTL / MTL Undercarriage

We’ve talked before about how 50% of your O&O costs are tied to the undercarriage of your CTL / MTL. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the impact of underfoot conditions, operating techniques, and typical applications on the undercarriage.  We also talk about how a little bit of job site planning can go a long way in helping to reduce wear and tear on your heavy equipment.

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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