Posted February 13, 2019

Product Focus: Skid steer and compact track loaders

 Manufacturers share new models that fill in the gaps in their compact equipment lines.

World’s most compact track loader  

ASV RT-25 compact track loader

ASV Holdings Inc. introduces the new RT-25 Posi-Track compact track loader. Featuring similar dimensions as its more powerful cousin, the RT-40, the RT-25 serves as an economical alternative for contractors, rental centers and homeowners working in tight spaces. Its size makes the loader the industry’s smallest sit-in compact track loader and is a safer, more productive alternative to walk-behind and stand-on mini loaders, ASV Holdings sources report.

John Deere G324 skid steer loader

Mid-frame models
The new John Deere G-Series mid-frame skid steer and compact track loader offer a powerful tool for jobs of any scale. The 320G and 324G skid steers and the 325G compact track loader offer low daily operating costs, peak productivity and maximum uptime. The new mid-frame models round out the full line of models available from John Deere. The models fall into the 69 to 74 horsepower range to deliver increased performance and higher pushing power. All three models are capable of loading a 10-foot sidewall dump truck or hopper with their hinge pin height of 10 feet, 6 inches. John Deere sources report the units have industry-leading breakout forces and auxiliary flow that provide superior attachment performance, while optional ride control and bucket self-level reduce material spillage and make for a smoother ride over rough and uneven terrain. These mid-frame models offer the same popular features as their smaller and larger G-series counterparts, including proven Yanmar FT4 engine systems. Flexible control choices allow contractors to choose between standard manual foot and hand controls, ISO joystick controls switchable between ISO- and H-patterns and performance package options for adjusting drive system response, boom and bucket speeds, or for setting creep mode on demand.

Case TV450 compact track loader

Large compact track loader
The new Case TV450 compact track loader has  10,610 pounds of vertical lift with a rated operating capacity of 4,500 pounds at 50 percent tipping load. It is the largest Case compact track loader that features 9,188 pounds of breakout force, optional high-flow (3,450 psi at 39.5 gpm) and enhanced high-flow (4,000 psi at 35 gpm) hydraulics for high-power attachments. It is available in standard mechanical (H pattern) controls or electro-hydraulic controls with H and ISO pattern interchangeability, as well as optional mechanical hand and foot controls. The Case EZ-EH electro-hydraulic controls provide adjustable speed and control sensitivity. It meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that only requires diesel exhaust fluid.

Wacker Neuson

Best service and warranty in the industry
Wacker Neuson’s Series II large-frame skid steer and compact track loaders – the SW24, SW28 skid steers and the ST35 and ST45 track loaders – offer the latest enhanced cab design and service accessibility. The machines offer parts commonality and a proven design. They offer best-in-class daily maintenance service access with a cab that can tip forward with the loader arms down. Repositioned joysticks promote intuitive and comfortable operation and the high-visibility cab has angled pedals and foot bed, as well as conveniently located switches that significantly reduce operator fatigue. All models are powered by a 74.3 horsepower Kohler diesel engine and offer standard auxiliary hydraulic flow of 22.1 gpm and optional flow of 31.7 gpm.


Canopy now available
JCB adds a canopy option for Teleskid skid steer and compact track loaders, further enhancing the appeal of Teleskid models for rental fleets serving construction and agriculture applications. The Teleskid models are the world’s first and only skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic Powerboom that can lift higher, reach farther and dig deeper than any skid steer on the market. It combines the advantages of radial lift for efficient excavating and grading and vertical lift for optimum lift capacity and height in a single machine. The Teleskid is available in wheeled and tracked models, with rated operating capacities of 3,208 pounds and 3,695 pounds, respectively.

Kubota compact track loader

Smaller compact track loader
Kubota Tractor Corporation adds the SVL65-2 to its compact track loader line, further diversifying its construction equipment line. The model is in a lighter ROC weight class than its predecessors and features an advanced multi-function valve, slide-up overhead front door and easy on/off self-leveling function. It also features an Advanced Multifunction Valve (AMV) for smooth operation when using simultaneous functions, such as auxiliary, boom and bucket circuits. It has a wide working range with 2,100 pounds ROC at 35 percent or 3,000 pounds at 50 percent tip, a reach of 34.9 inches and a hinge pin height of 118.5 inches.

Cat 257 D compact track loader

Compact track loader line
Caterpillar offers five Cat D Series compact track loaders and three multi-terrain loaders with designs that enhance operator comfort and control, a lift arm design for improved sight lines and increased engine performance for greater productivity. They range in rated operating capacity (50 percent of tipping load) from 2,800 to 4,650 pounds. The mid-size frame models, as narrow as 66 inches, are the 257D multi-terrain loader (MTL) and 259D compact track loader (CTL). Larger frame models are the 277D and 287D MTLs and the 279D and 289D CTLs. They all feature an electronically controlled 3.3-liter engine that meets Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB) emissions standards. The Cat C3.3B engine provides 74 horsepower with 8 percent more torque and 6 percent improved fuel economy than previous models.

Gehl RT105 compact track loader

Smallest compact track loader
The Gehl RT105 track loader that Manitou sources report is the most compact in the market yet still delivers a rated operating capacity of 1,050 pounds. It can can work on the tightest jobsites with an overall width of 50.8 inches and height of 71.5 inches. It is easy to transport at 4,720 pounds. The engine is a 35 horsepower Yanmar engine with 80 foot-pounds of torque and a diesel particulate filter exhaust system saves on maintenance and the environment. The RT105 track loader design relies heavily on the R105 skid loader chassis for parts parts commonality, which is a cost savings for those who own both models. The unit features Gehl’s patented IdealTrax track tensioning system that automatically tensions the tracks when the engine is on, eliminating the chance of over-tensioning and extending the life of the tracks up to 15 percent. Track tension is released when the engine is turned off, reducing strain on sprockets and bearings.

Luigong 385B skid steer loader

Skid steer loader
The LiuGong 385B skid steer loader has an operating weight of 8,250 pounds and 0.66 cubic yard bucket capacity. Its mechanical quick coupler is compatible with many attachments. Ergonomic controls reduce operator fatigue in the comfortable cab with easy-to-read electronic displays. The cab offers ROPS/FOPS protection and high-intensity LED light clusters front and back maximize worksite visibility. The 72 horsepower Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine offers maximum torque with low fuel consumption and high reliability. The standard open-center hydraulic system provides a flow of 79 L/min. Options include 120 L/min. high-flow hydraulics for more demanding implements, two-speed operation and a self-leveling valve for parallel lift.

Takeuchi TL6R compact track loader

Radial-lift compact track loader
Takeuchi-US adds the TL6R compact track loader, an agile, compact machine that is easy to transport and features outstanding stability and performance. Powered by a Kubota 2.4 liter 65.2 horsepower engine, the TL6R features a radial-lift loader design with a maximum lift height of 9 feet 6.4 inches, and a rated operating capacity of 1,841 pounds. The TL6R has a width of 5 feet, a height of 6 feet 5.8 inches and weighs 7,480 pounds with a canopy and 7,780 pounds when equipped with a cab. The compact dimensions of the TL6R enable it work efficiently in areas with limited space. The model features a newly designed cabin with an overhead 5.7-inch color multi-information display and backlit rocker switches that control a variety of machine functions. A cab with swing-out door, heat and air conditioner are available for greater operator comfort. Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) system comes standard on the TL6R.

New Holland C245 compact track loader

Largest compact track loader
New Holland introduces the all-new C245, which is its largest compact track loader offering. Because of its SuperBoom design, this model can achieve 9,188 pounds of breakout force, 4,500 pounds ROC at 50 percent tip and features a hydraulic relief pressure of 3,450 psi. Hydraulic power can achieve 40 gpm with the optional High Flow package. The C245 offers easy-to-use controls, all within the operator’s field of vision. New Holland sources report the cab delivers exceptional access and comfort, allowing for less fatigue during long days, and outstanding visibility, including an exceptional rear view.  From rental yards to job sites, the C245 and its selection of power attachments make it ideal for expert and novice operators to dig, lift, and load more efficiently.

This story was originally published in the March-April 2019 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. © Urbain Communications LLC. All rights reserved.