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Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders in the US Armed Forces

by Jim Strong | Apr 22, 2022 |

Case, John Deere, kubota, bobcat, Caterpillar


We’ve talked before about compact equipment in the military. But in this Shop Talk Blog post, we want to look at skids steers and compact track loaders, mainly focusing on how they are used, how they are sometimes transported, and what manufacturers are most popular.

Republic of Singapore Air Force Airmen perform sling load operations at the Mystic drop zone, hoisting a Bobcat S450 skid steer loader with an RSAF CH-47 D Chinook helicopter in support of the Golden Coyote training exercise at the South Dakota National Guard West Camp Rapid training facility, Rapid City, S.D., June 14, 2016. The Golden Coyote exercise is a three-phase, scenario-driven exercise conducted in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, which enables commanders to focus on mission essential task requirements, warrior tasks and battle drills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristen Root/Released)

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John Deere 35C and 35D Mini-Excavators

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 26, 2018 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, John Deere


The John Deere 35C and 35D are two popular excavators from the Deere line of mini-excavators. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll talk about some of the features that make them stand out from other mini-excavators and discuss some of the applications they are well suited for.

John Deere: A Sweeping History

Few companies represent the American Dream as well as John Deere and its eponymous founder. Today, John Deere is one of the most popular manufacturers of agricultural equipment worldwide. In this Shop Talk Post, we paint a picture that captures John Deere's humble roots, its period of astonishing growth, and its strong presence in the world today.

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