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									Earthmoving             I   Review

           Designed with Productivity in Mind
New rubber track loaders incorporate features to pump up performance.

T    he third quarter marked the entry
     of the world’s largest construction
equipment manufacturer into the compact
track loader market, plus the introduction
of improved versions of tracked machines                                                                                                    Enhanced
                                                                                                                                            Bobcat minis
from two leading suppliers.                                                                                                                 hit the turf
                                                                                                                                               Bobcat’s B-Series
                                                                                                                                            MT52 and MT55 mini
                                                                                                                                            track loaders feature
 Mustang                                                                                                                                    improved operator
 CTLs get                                                                                                                                   safety, comfort and
 a power                                                                                                                                    machine durability, plus
 boost                                                                                                                                      Tier IV engines meet-
                                                                                                                                            ing the latest emission
    Joining the
 MTL312 announced
                                                                                                                                               The 35.6-in.-wide
 in March, the                                                                                                                              MT52 has a rated oper-
 Mustang MTL16,                                                                                                                             ating capacity of 520
 MTL20 and MTL25                                                                                                                            lbs., and the 41.4-in.-
 compact track loaders                                                                                                                      wide MT55 is rated at
 have been revised and                                                                 550 lbs. Both measure 72.4 in. long without attachments. A 71.3-in. bucket
 renamed the MTL316,                                                                   pin height enables the units to easily dump materials into a standard-size
 MTL320 and MTL325.                                                                    pickup truck.
    The revamped models feature Tier III-certified engines that meet strin-               For added safety, an auxiliary hydraulic continuous flow shutoff lever has
 gent emissions standards, yet deliver higher horsepower ranging from 66               been built into the directional control handle. When the operator releases
 to 92 hp. The units also boast faster ground speeds, with up to 7.5 mph in            the lever, the hydraulically powered attachment stops running. It resumes
                                                                                       work when the operator again grips the lever.
 high speed.
                                                                                          A ride-on operator platform decreases operator fatigue over long work
    Inside the cab, a new standard foot throttle enables greater control over
                                                                                       hours or when traveling over long distances. Adjustable tilt steering on the
 fuel usage. An updated control handle design with additional switches                 direction
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