Equipment Spotlight: Compact Track Loaders

October 2010 Vol. 65 No. 10
John Deere's 323d track loader.

Caterpillar
The 289C Compact Track Loader’s fully suspended, steel embedded rubber track undercarriage provides a smooth ride, better load retention and greater productivity. Spacious, sealed and pressurized cab, low ground pressure, highly durable components and excellent drawbar performance help operator’s get more done and increase the bottom line. The undercarriage employs four independent torsion axles for a better ride and excellent bucket load retention. The 289C features a two-speed drive system with a maximum speed of 8.5 miles per hour. The electro-hydraulic joystick control of the drive motor delivers straight-line tracking and electronic torque management. Caterpillar exclusive drive motor seal guards extend the lives of seals and final drives. The 289C has rated operating capacities of 3,850 pounds, at 50 percent of tipping load. Net-horsepower rating is 82. Lift-arm-path design is vertical for the 289C. 309.675.1000, catrequests@cat.com

Ditch Witch
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The 2WD, 23-hp R230 is now available with heavy-duty tracks for exceptional traction especially when pulling a vibratory plow or other Zahn front ends that require extra drawbar pull. High flotation helps minimize surface damage to turf, so you can work confidently on and around sensitive landscapes and established lawns. Tracks enable the Zahn to travel across trenches, a great advantage when installing irrigation systems. Tracks "walk" or oscillate 12 degrees, which helps provide greater stability when loading, unloading, and maneuvering over curbs or other rough and uneven terrain. The R230 model is adaptable to all types of soil and weather conditions. Tracks do not increase the width of the machine, so it still fits comfortably through a standard 36-inch yard gate. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com