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7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Machines Clean

by Dr McCaslin | May 02, 2018 |

Final Drive, Undercarriage


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, CTL, MTL, Undercarriage


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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