Mini track loaders – sometimes referred to as walk-behind loaders, mini skid-steer loaders or compact utility loaders – can bring big productivity to a variety of jobsites since they offer a smaller frame size with big versatility.
It’s important to consider your specific application needs when selecting the model that’s right for you. Here are four things to keep in mind when purchasing a mini track loader.
Spec tables can be overwhelming. Focus on these four specs when you start evaluating mini track loader models to ensure that you get a machine that can handle the work you throw at it, fits on and can get to your jobsite, and can run the track loader attachments you need to get the job done.
Another consideration when evaluating mini track loaders is operation style. Choose between ride-on and walk-behind mini track loader models. Ride-on models not only reduce fatigue, but also give your operators an enhanced view of the attachment and work area.
Get more bang for your buck by equipping your mini track loader with several track loader attachments. Attachment options expand the machine’s capabilities, enabling it to do serious work like trenching, tilling, digging, moving materials and more. Consider purchasing these five popular attachments with your mini track loader so you’ll be prepared to handle tasks from start to finish.
If you already own compact equipment, some of your attachments for larger compact loaders may be compatible with a mini track loader. Contact your local compact equipment dealer to ask about compatible attachments for your mini track loader.
You depend on both your crew and your equipment to get the job done. Mini track loaders can make up for a smaller crew thanks to their ability to dig and move materials in cramped quarters.
Their narrow profile has made them an especially popular choice for residential landscapers and urban developers, who sometimes need equipment to travel next to or through established buildings. Plus, compact utility loaders show up ready to work every morning and can complete the equivalent of about two workers’ worth of labor per day. No lunch breaks required.
If you own construction equipment, the maintenance requirements for mini track loaders should sound familiar. Every manufacturer outlines service interval requirements in the machine’s Operation & Maintenance Manual based on machine hours and/or calendar time. Just like with other machines, you and your operators will need to stay on top of oil, filter and fluid changes. Regularly inspecting the machine for leaks and wear and tear — especially on the tracks — can help prevent minor issues from becoming major ones. Scheduling planned maintenance into your calendar will also help keep the machine running at peak efficiency and help prevent downtime.
Mini track loaders offer the same boost in productivity as a large loader – in a smaller size. And the changing nature of today’s jobsites makes them a smart, versatile investment for you and your crew today and in the future.
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