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Posted: 08/23/2017

How to Choose the Right Compact Track Loader Size

T870 compact track loader dumping a large load of debris into a waste container.

Mother Nature’s uncertainty often challenges productivity, but few machines have proven themselves as useful in unpredictable conditions and provide a greater return on your investment as the compact track loader.

With so many sizes available, choosing the right loader may seem overwhelming. But by understanding what each size of machine offers — as well as your own specific application requirements — you can easily match a machine to your business needs. If you’re stuck on how to choose a compact track loader, consider the following factors.

1. Size of your workload

Put simply: the larger the workload, the larger the loader you need to handle the job. If you’re regularly transporting a large quantity of material and need to move quickly, 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.

2. Jobsite dimensions

The dimensions of your work space — including access points, passageways or interior doorways — may limit the physical size of your compact track loader. So the height, width and weight should be another determining factor when deciding what size loader to purchase. If you’re frequently working in tight areas like residential backyards, limit your search to smaller loaders.

3. Rated operating capacity

When all is said and done, rated operating capacity determines how much work a loader can do. Jobs that involve lots of loading, lifting of heavy materials or grading in tough soil conditions call for a machine with enough power and capacity to safely match the application. Consider the heaviest material you will transport and make sure the loader you choose is up to the task.

4. Lift height

Do you see lots of lifting and loading in your future? Larger compact track loaders with a vertical lift path can safely lift materials over 12 feet off the ground to easily load trucks, transport and place pallets, or dump contents over walls and other tall barriers.

5. Horsepower requirements

If you’ll mainly be operating auxiliary hydraulic attachments, opt for a high-horsepower loader to achieve the highest attachment productivity possible. Higher-horsepower machines push more hydraulic fluid per minute into an attachment — an especially beneficial feature for demolition jobs that require extra power for hydraulic breakers.

6. Operating weight

It’s also important to consider how you’ll transport your loader between jobsites. The lighter the machine, the easier it is to transport. Double-check the weight limits of your truck and trailer before buying a loader, and then decide if it’s in your budget to upgrade to a higher-capacity mode of transportation if you do opt for a larger machine.

With these six considerations in mind, you can easily find the right compact track loader for your business needs. Get started by browsing the latest models or contacting your Bobcat dealer to request a demo.

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