Mustang/Takeuchi

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by tthomass, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Are they partnered or anything? I saw one of Mustangs larger track machines a week ago and it looked just like a TL-150........jus tby chance or are they more or less the same??? I have no idea, just wondering.
     
  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's kinda like Deere'tachi, not sure just who builds what and where.
     
  4. cddva

    cddva LawnSite Member
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    I believe Takeuchi builds the track loaders for Gehl and Mustang. I'm sure the experts will be along shortly to confirm or deny this.
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    Yes the Mustang/Gehl are built in the Takeuchi factory in Japan.
    All units I think are delivered as open cab units.
    From what I have seen the Gehl installs there own cab enclosure.
    Not sure about Mustang.
    Takeuchi has the excavator style door that pulls up over your head.

    I heard rumor that Takeuchi may stop building Gehl/Mustang CTL loaders.
     
  6. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    and i really like that door...you can open it when the loader is in any position unlike a lot of other swing doors
     
  7. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    The swing up door is a great idea, my biggest complaint with swing doors is that you can't get out of the machine with the boom arms even slightly raised. Sounds like the Takeuchi doors are a little better than Deere's 200 series doors, I tried to open the door on a new Deere 250 a few years back and it jammed up on me.
     
  8. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
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    A birdie told me that Gehl and Takechi will probably be parting ways in the future, Gehl supposedly wants to build there own units....how much is true and how much rumor??? who knows for sure
     
  9. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
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    if that is the case Gehl has some mighty big shoes to fill...Takeuchi makes a great machine
     
  10. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
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    It will be interesting to see if they do. I think the question facing them isn't so much whether they have the market to do so (I'll come back to this), but whether they can differentiate themselves. Otherwise, what's to keep a Gehl owner going to a Takeuchi? (Assuming the dealership support is there... which... yes, true, if there is no Takeuchi dealer, no luch. But does Gehl have that many *more* dealerships? Maybe they do -- I don't know.)

    The market for CTLs... one of the thoughts I've been having is whether this CTL trend is a fad. There are undoubtedly some users who can make the most of a CTL or MTL, but I'm wondering whether there is really a need for CTLs in every company's fleet. An example? Suburban single mothers or high school students with their own SUV. Certainly certain situations will warrant a SUV or pickup, but for the mall-goer or party-scener, is a 4WD really necessary? Even in the Snow Belt, it's better to have a good driver in a sedan than an overzealous idiot in a SUV. (I know this isn't a true apples-to-apples comparison, but the cynic in me asks nonetheless if the CTL trend will subside somewhat.) Thoughts (maybe in another thread... as not to throw this one off-course...)
     

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