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The Ultimate Landscaping Skid Steer/CTL

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BamaDude, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. BamaDude

    BamaDude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hello! I am an Industrial Design student working on a project that is aimed to create a skid steer loader/compact track loader specifically designed for the landscaping industry. I am looking for your answers to the following questions as well as suggestions of your own. Your feedback can lead to the manufacturing of a brand new skid steer designed just for your line of work!

    Just concerning landscaping tasks, what would be the best for a skid steer/CTL?

    - Rated Operating Capacity?
    - Tracks vs. Wheels?
    - Most Essential Attachments?
    - Enclosed or open cab?
    - Manual quick attachment/Hydraulic quick attachment/Electric quick attachment?
    - Essential features? (float, radial/vertical lift, parallel lift, smooth ride system, high flow)
    - What could be improved on the machine to save you time when working?
    - What size trailer would it need to fit on?
    - Any other thoughts or suggestions you have, let's hear it!
  2. jones68

    jones68 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I would want the 4 wheel steer bobcat offers if I had the $$ for it right now, enclosed can with removable door, hydraulic quick attach, high flow, vertical lift, joystick controls
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,790

    Needs to lift 3500, fit through a 6' opening, hydro quick attach that would also hook up the quick couplers for the attachment. Have the door swing up overhead so its out of the way when you don't want it/need it. Steering similar to bobcat a300 and fit on a 10k 12' gvw trailer. Also needs rear and side visability

    As you can tell, my work is in tight quarters. I would also like a ctl that has hydraulic retracting tracks like the mini mini excavators with the same specs as above

    Do it
    Do it
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  4. BamaDude

    BamaDude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    What machines do you use? Is the ROC sufficient for you job?
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,790

    I use a gehl 5640. I wish it would lift a little more. It has trouble getting pallets on and off high trucks.
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  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Cat 259b3. Perfect ctl for a residential landscaper!!!!
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  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Rented a 259 b3 for a month last fall and it is a great machine for dirt work on either new construction or drastic renovation sites. It doesn't track too lightly and it won't work in the snow well without secondary tracks. For the OP's project

    make a track machine with the durability of a CTL with the ride and tractive abilities of an MTL, true pilot controls ISO pattern, and visibility is the number one concern--maximum 360 visibility is the number one need
  8. BamaDude

    BamaDude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

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