John Deere Reinforces Booms on Compact Track Loaders

Tue December 12, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Deere CT 322 and CT 332 combine breakout forces with reinforced booms, thick upper links, large cooling capacity and large fuel tanks, according to Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry Company.

“These machines were designed with rigorous compact track loader applications in mind — they can absorb the higher loads from increased pushing power and breakout forces,” Zupancic said. “They’re not just a skid steer with tracks.”

Both models feature a two-speed transmission, hydraulic Quik-Tatch, a self-leveling bucket, high-flow hydraulics and a comfortable HVAC system.

The comprehensive instrumentation panel displays vital operating information and features sealed rocker switches.

The CT 332 offers servo controls and an ergonomically shaped armrest for finger light efforts with maximum control.

Breakout forces deliver more digging power, and pushing power is maximized by tractive efforts.

Fast ground speeds provide more cycles per hour.

Deere’s true vertical lift boom provides stability in the work zone (ground level to 6 ft. (1.8 m)) with long reach at full lift height for center load placement during truck loading operations.

Several advancements to the undercarriage design provide an optimal ride.

Large diameter idlers enhance the ride and strength of the steel-reinforced rubber track, while the undercarriage design allows the front idler and front roller to move in tandem for a smooth ride.

Additionally, lifetime seals and all-steel double flange rollers and idlers ensure a long-lasting undercarriage that will not deteriorate and degrade over time like rubber-coated rollers, according to the manufacturer.

The overall design significantly enhances productivity, according to Zupancic.

“As with our skid steers, the unified design of these compact track loaders delivers 360-degree visibility as well as best-in-class breakout forces and industry-leading bucket capacities,” he said.

Like John Deere skid steers, the CT 322 and CT 332 offer daily simplified maintenance and generous oil change intervals (500 hours when Plus-50 oil and Deere oil filters are used), lowering daily operating costs.

Track adjustment is made by using a grease gun, and the open, Easy Clean undercarriage simplifies day-end cleanup and avoids excessive track wear because there’s less material build-up.

The oil cooler mounting in the rear swing-out door makes cleaning a snap. Lift-up top cover, swing-out rear door, lift-off side panels and quick pivoting ROPs provide 360-degree access to all components.

Several additional features contribute to maximized uptime.

Routing for the track drive motor plumbing is internal, with full metal guards.

All-steel drive sprockets, idlers and rollers designed from Deere’s larger crawler dozers provide a longer life for the undercarriage.

“Compact track loaders are particularly effective in soft, wet and steep terrain, as well as turf,” Zupancic said. “Customers are finding them to be an excellent tool for final grades on hillsides, landscaping, site development, and excavation in dry or wet soil conditions.”

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