The compact track loader (CTL) is essentially a skid steer loader (SSL) equipped with tracks rather than tires. Like the skid steer, the compact track loader can be outfitted with numerous attachments, thus making it an extremely versatile machine that appeals to numerous users. This versatility, along with the machine’s ability to work in more challenging terrain than a skid steer, has made the machine popular among a wide body of users and has resulted in tremendous sales growth in recent years.
The CTL is found working in general and residential construction, agriculture, construction site cleanup, and projects requiring a compact loader that can maneuver in tight quarters and work in close to year-round conditions. Because it leaves less of a footprint than the skid steer, the CTL has become the “go to” machine for landscaping. It has also become a mainstay for rental dealers. As the CTL grows in popularity, and as new models have become increasingly larger and more powerful, users are still finding new applications for the loader. In short, the compact track loader is a highly sought after piece of machinery that still has the potential to attract more users.