Which machines are right for your construction company? Choosing small heavy equipment can be challenging. This is especially true when deciding between skid steers and compact track loaders, both of which offer versatility and are highly manoeuvrable. Here’s what to consider when deciding which machine will meet your needs:
You should consider ground conditions when choosing. Compact track loaders have rubber tracks, which make them ideal on soft terrain like clay, mud, or sand. The tires of the skid steer are a better choice if you’re working on hard surfaces such as concrete, gravel, or asphalt. Skid steers are also a better choice if you’re consistently working in gravel, because sharp-edged stones will affect the life of the tracks on a compact track loader.
Type of work
There’s no difference when it comes to the kind of work you can do with skid steers and compact track loaders. Both types of machine are versatile and can be used in a variety of applications, including
· Final grading
· Snow blade
Sometimes it’s important to keep ground disturbance to a minimum. For these projects, you’ll want to choose a compact track loader.
Compact track loaders generally give operators a smoother ride and more stability, making it more comfortable to work. Comfortable workers are more productive and less likely to get tired, which can lead to expensive errors.
Replacing tires costs less than replacing tracks. However, the tracks on compact track loaders tend to last longer than the tires on skid steers if the tracks are maintained and the loader is always used in the right application. Overall, though, skid steers are less expensive to buy and require less maintenance than compact track loaders.
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