Compact Equipment

OCT 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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32 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 C ompact track loaders extend seasons. During the wet weather months, these track machines can work earlier and later where skid steers can't (be- cause tracks have better flotation, so they don't tear up surfaces or get stuck). In winter, heavi- er track loaders can gear up for snow removal too, even though traditionally many gravitate toward skid steers. "Compact track loaders provide a robust and sturdy platform for running heavy-duty snow attachments such as blowers and angle brooms," explains Perry Girard, prod- uct manager with Case Construction Equipment. "Instinc- tually, we think of track loaders as a low ground pressure machine — which they are — and that could provide chal- lenges with traction. But compact track loaders matched with tracks specifically designed for snow and ice can be very effective for snow removal." Many manufacturers, track makers and attachment specialists are ready to help crews outfit a compact track loader for winter operations. Let's start where the rubber meets the snow. Snow Tracks Today, there are many different tread patterns on the market for compact track loaders (turf friendly, smooth Properly Equipped, Compact Track Loaders Can Excel at Winter Work By Keith Gribbins TRACKS IN THE SNOW

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