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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"One must be careful to remove the material that is be- hind the track and closest to the drive sprocket as well," says Jacobsmeyer. "The warm planetary drive causes snow to melt, and then it will refreeze later with the potential to cause problems. The compact track loader needs to be thawed out and washed with soap and water to remove the salt residue as soon as possible after use. Keeping the track tension adjusted and planetary oil changed regularly will ensure dependable service from the compact track loader." Greasing is also critical in winter months to keep out moisture and dirt that could then freeze in place while the machine sits overnight. DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) is a new- er consideration for snow contractors, and it is a factor for units above 74 hp. DEF freezes at 12 degrees, so consider a loader with an internal tank heater to thaw frozen DEF. Attachments Snowblowers, snowplows, brooms and salt spreader at- tachments are a great way to keep a track loader busy dur- ing the winter months. "One of most popular attachments that we have seen increasing sales and demand for in recent years is the sec- Operate on level terrain as much as possible in snow. When on an incline, drive straight up or down. DIG THIS VOLVO SNOWBLOWER ON TRACKS The Volvo snowblower for skid steers and compact track loaders is ideal for fast, reliable removal of snow with its two-stage hydraulic blower. The attachment fea- tures a poly-lined chute to ensure that it will not be- come clogged with packed snow and is electronically controlled from the inside of the cab. The high-volume chute opening throws snow up to 45 ft. Additional fea- tures include replaceable tapered wear edges, adjustable skid shoes, and a single auger motor for standard flow and dual auger motor for high-flow snowblowers. For more info, visit volvoce.com.

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