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Takeuchi track loaders

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by clc2003, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    Anybody own or used a Takeuchi track loader? what do you think of them ?
  2. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454

    good mahine, but better suited as a nursery machine, etc...

    for everyday use in that price range I would go Komatsu. For a cheaper brand I would go case or john deere.

    Cat has a nice suspension system, but IMO, the less parts to break, the less I'll break
  3. Strick

    Strick LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    Smooth machines, I also like the pilot controls.
  4. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    That is why I was asking about them. I too like the pilot controls better than any other controls. I have used CAT's mostly but have been told the ASV track system isn't that good and undercarage costs are high. I like Bobcats alot as well and have heard undercarage costs are lower or failure is not as likely? Problem is finding a T190 with pilot controls is hard to find and then one in my price range. Any other comments or suggestions that might fit my application?
  5. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,249

    these machines are on the same lines as a Gehl an they are bullet proof , ran one hard hard hard doing land clearing work an it never failed me , they have a awesome undercarriage setup!
  6. x.system

    x.system LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    I've been running a Gehl (exact same machine as a Takeuchi) with pilot controls for the last 6 years. Very dependable and strong little machines. I demo'd a larger size first but it went through to much fuel for my liking so I got a smaller size where fuel would last almost a full day. You will be surprized how much they can handle and how detailed you can get with them. My only concern is the track life, I've talked to alot of contractors and average life of a set of tracks is 800 to 1200 hours. Mine were toast at 900 hours. I also had enuff sprocket wear that warrented replacement. They say to flip them side to side after the first set of tracks but that would have wore out the second set faster. Mines mostly used for excavation, I could see a set of tracks lasting longer for a landscaper.
  7. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 458

    We own a TL-130, has about 750 hours now. Runs great, strong as an ox, and solid. Smooth controls, runs quiet, and the AC cranks.

    The only down side, the machine is big.

    There are some other manufacturers, that make smaller machines with similar lift capabilities, but with that aside its a great machine.

    We needed a machine that would lift 2,500 - 3,000 lbs and this came up at auction. Great price, so we jumped on it.
  8. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I have a TL140 and it is flawless.

    Way better than Komatsu.
  9. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    How much did the tracks cost? How about the sprockets?
  10. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    How much did you have to give for it if you don't mind me asking? I need one with a cab and heat and thought that A/C would be nice since I am gonna be the one running the machine. One of my dealers told me that A/C is included with the heat:). I also think that I like how the door goes up instead of swinging open. That way u can use it either way without taking door off.

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