Equipment Spotlight: Compact Track Loaders

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

Case
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The Case 400 Series 3 line of compact track loaders feature clean-burning proven Case engines, with increased horsepower for all four models. Pilot controls are standard for all four Case Series 3 machines, the 420CT, 440CT, 445CT and 450CT. The 420CT and 445CT Series 3 models feature Case 3.2-liter turbocharged engines, while the 440CT and 450CT Series 3 models are powered by a 4.5-liter turbocharged Case engine. Case pilot controls, which are standard for the four Case compact track loaders, are available from the factory in either "H" or ISO patterns. With the H pattern, the operator uses the left-hand control to operate the left drive motor as well as to raise and lower the loader arms. The right-hand controller is used to operate the right drive motor and the bucket curl and dump. With the ISO pattern, the drive functions are in the left controller, and the loader arm/bucket functions are in the right controller. This allows for one-handed operation and is prevalent on non-Case machines. Case compact track loaders incorporate a dozer-style undercarriage with fewer moving parts. An angled track frame and material scrapers decrease mud and material buildup. Steel-embedded tracks roll on rubber instead of steel for a longer-lasting track and a smoother ride. 262.636.6011, www.casece.com

New Holland
The New Holland C190 compact track loader combines the best performance advantages into one machine – the superior reach and lift capacity of the exclusive Super Boom lift arm design along with the superior flotation, traction and stability of tracks. The C190 is available with two track options – a 15.7-inch track for excellent flotation and additional traction and a 17.7-inch track for maximum flotation on sensitive turf. The vertical lift Super Boom design provides more forward reach than radial lift designs, which allows the C190 to load material into the center of a truck. This allows the operator to more effectively fill high-sided trucks and hoppers. The C190 features a turbocharged engine rated at 90 gross hp, a bucket breakout force of 7,670 pounds and an operating weight of 9,820 pounds. 888.365.6423, www.newholland.com