Few pieces of equipment can help you stay productive more months of the year and provide a greater return on your investment than a compact track loader. That’s why more machines than ever before are rolling off the assembly line and joining construction crews, landscaping businesses, site prep companies and a whole slew of other contractors.
With so many sizes available, choosing the right compact track loader to fit your needs may seem overwhelming. But if you need a compact track loader to lift higher, load more and operate more attachments, a larger compact track loader might be the correct choice for you. Let’s take a look at the benefits of larger compact track loaders.
Simply put: the larger your workload, the larger the compact track loader you need to handle the job. A bigger machine can carry, scoop and lift more material in less time, saving you money and helping you get to your next job faster.
Larger compact track loaders can also help you take on more jobs because of a higher rated operating capacity (ROC). ROC is how much work a loader can do in terms of safely lifting and carrying loads. Consider your heaviest load. If you regularly lift loads in line with a 2,000-pound feed bale, a 2,400-pound pile of gravel or 3,000-pound pallet of sod, you could benefit from the ROC of a larger loader.
Heavy lifting capability isn’t the only benefit of a larger loader. Higher horsepower and torque also makes it a good choice for challenging applications, like grading tough ground conditions or pushing wet, heavy snow. Larger compact track loaders have enough power and capacity to match the application and complete jobs more efficiently.
When it comes to lifting performance, larger compact track loaders have an obvious advantage. They offer the highest lift height, an advantage for easily clearing high-sided trucks, placing palletized material, and dumping contents over walls and other tall barriers.
Many manufacturers offer a choice of two distinctive lift designs – a vertical lift path and a radius lift path – to match the type of lifting you frequently perform.
A large loader with a vertical lift path is a good option if you use the machine to load dump trucks. You’ll be more efficient, since the higher reach makes it possible to dump material into the center of the truck. You can quickly load the truck from one side instead of spending time loading from each side of the truck.
Radius lift path provides maximum reach at truck bed height. It will help you excel in jobs at mid-range heights, like unloading flatbed trucks, backfilling or dumping over walls. A large loader with a radius lift path is a good fit if you spend a lot of time digging and excavating. A radius lift path design maintains more outward pressure on the bucket when the lift arms are lowered, and the loader will perform better when digging in tough soil conditions.
Pairing your large loader with a variety of attachments can improve ROI and efficiencies. The right attachments help you equip one machine to handle a variety of tasks – planting trees, clearing land, moving pallets, removing snow or feeding livestock. It’s a cost-effective alternative to completing tasks with dedicated equipment and can eliminate the need to subcontract portions of a job. For example, you can use an auger to dig footings; an industrial grapple to grab debris or hard-to-handle objects and transport the material; a dozer blade or box blade for grading projects; or a hydraulic breaker to remove asphalt or concrete on a construction site.
Leaving the cab to switch out attachments can slow down your day. Keep your productivity high by using an attachment mounting system. Quickly swap non-hydraulic attachments without leaving your seat using the Power Bob-Tach attachment mounting system. For even more efficiency, the Bob-Dock mounting system allows you to change most hydraulic attachments without stepping outside the cab to remove or connect hoses. This makes it an ideal solution for operators taking on challenging jobs in harsh climates, such as clearing snow after a storm, cleaning out barns and summer construction projects.
Larger compact track loaders have the highest horsepower necessary to operate auxiliary hydraulic attachments. These machines push more hydraulic fluid per minute into an attachment – an especially beneficial feature for demolition jobs that require an extra power boost for breakers or concrete saws.
Compact track loaders are built with the performance and features to rival alternative construction equipment. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a solution that gets more working days out of a calendar year and provides more mobility, versatility or productivity than a large compact track loader.