Difference between a Multi-terrain loader and a CTL

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bleed Green, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This might be a dumb question to most of you guys but I have been wondering what exactly is the difference between a multi-terrain loader and a CTL? There must be something pretty significant since Cat has both out on the market now. Do you guys think that other companies will put MTL's out in the future as well?
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Multi terrain loader is used only to describe Cat's suspended undercarriage machines. CTL's are the industry term for a track loader. So, MTL is Cat specific and applies only to Cat's suspended carriage line of machines. I doubt any other MFG. will attempt to produce an undercarriage of this design.
  3. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    scag dont forget ASV builds MTL's to....
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I suppose, but I figured you could piece together the fact that they use the same undercarriage and come to the conclusion that they would be classified the same.
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    oh... yeah i never thought of that.. I just said something because people seem to forget about ASV alot...
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good lookin out, we don't want anyone confused.
  7. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah like KSSS! hahaha smarta$$! haha
  8. jmf

    jmf LawnSite Member
    from ny
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    Cat also has a new CTL line which has a metal undercarriage. Both are compacts. Cat, as far as I know, is the only one that makes this distinction.

  9. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well said. CTL= Compact Track Loader. I guess they could be labled as suspended or rigid.
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    No I think the rest of industry is content to leave the suspended undercarriage to ASV. At least in the manner in which the ASV system is designed. That is not to say someone wont come up with a better way of accomplishing the same thing. Note that BC's roller suspension is not what I am refering to. I suspect that once CAT establishes their CTL they will let ASV's contractual agreement expire. I doubt they move enough machines to carry both an MTL and CTL indefinetly. Once the CTL becomes an option the sales guys who are (at least around here) tired to be beat up by MTL issues will push the CTL. The MTL will be reduced to very specialized applications (which is IMHO what it was designed for in the first place.). The CTL will carry the tracked flag for CAT. It should be at least as dependable as the other similiar machines with acceptable costs of upkeep in line with everyone elses tracked machines. This is of course my opinion, although I did predict CAT releasing a CTL. Maybe I am psychic.

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