Equipment roundup: John Deere unveils improved rubber tracks for G-Series CTLs

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John Deere recently unveiled improved rubber tracks for its lineup of compact track loaders.

The company says the rubber tracks feature improvements to the construction and design, boosting performance and durability even when navigating challenging terrain and conditions.

“Machine uptime and durability are critical for owners and operators, and we are committed to providing our customers with proven solutions that are designed with their needs in mind,” says Austin Verbeck, aftermarket marketing manager, John Deere. “When updating the rubber tracks for the G-Series compact track loaders, we focused on key areas. From updated manufacturing processes to the reinforced steel cord, the result is a durable solution that is built to power through any job site.”

John Deere says the new arched roller path helps to shed debris and improve roller path life. Additionally, the company says updated steel cords reduce bending stress, while enhancements to the metal core adhesive process further improve durability. Designed with customer needs in mind, John Deere says these updates ensure quality, performance and machine uptime.

In addition to the design updates, John Deere says the rubber tracks warranty on new machines and service parts has been significantly improved. Starting December 2020, the company says the new warranty, available for John Deere compact track loaders and compact excavators, will be applicable for 18 months or 1,500 hours, whichever comes first, and will be based on material defects and workmanship.

With the improved parts warranty, John Deere says it reaffirms its commitment to providing durable and reliable equipment solutions for its customers.

Mecalac offers Speed Control on all MCR crawler skid excavators

Mecalac recently announced that it will now offer its Speed Control travel speed management system standard on all MCR crawler skid excavator models.

The company says this system allows operators to set a maximum travel speed from 20 available speed options. Mecalac says the system acts as a limiter, maintaining the desired speed so operators can focus on the task at hand.

The company says Speed Control increases versatility for the 6MCR, 8MCR and 10MCR machines, making it easy to move across the jobsite at speeds up to 6.2 mph or maintain very low speeds for applications such as mowing or snow removal.

“Mecalac products are designed to simplify the lives of our users without compromising on performance,” says Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. “Our MCR series provides the quickness of a skid steer with the 360-degree rotation of an excavator for versatility and travel speeds two times faster than any compact excavator. But sometimes speed isn’t everything. Speed Control allows operators to easily match their speed to the task.”

With the turn of a dial, the company says operators can easily select their desired speed. When combined with the flexibility from a range of attachments—including mowers, mulchers, sweepers, snow blowers and many more—Mecalac says the Speed Control system maximizes versatility for all MCR series units.

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Mecalac says its patented quick coupler, CONNECT, further increase speed and ease of use by allowing operators to switch between attachments without leaving the cab for greater efficiency in a variety of tasks.

“The MCR series is like a high-tech multi tool; you really can do it all with a single machine,” says Bigwood. “They don’t need a mower and a skid steer and an excavator. There’s an attachment for every task, and now a speed setting that matches. With Speed Control, operators don’t need to worry about trying to maintain a certain speed; they can just focus on the task at hand.”

The company says MCR units also feature Mecalac’s innovative three-part arm and a 360-degree rotating ability for an extended range of movement and compactness.

Mecalac says operators can do more from a single position or within confined spaces with increased flexibility and reach while minimizing unnecessary movement. The company says the three-part arm can also be tucked in, allowing for extra compactness and mobility without overbalancing the unit in the front.

In addition, the company says the boom system gives the MCR unprecedented lifting capacities.

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