Makers of compact track loaders and other diesel-powered equipment have had to place considerable emphasis on emissions regulations known as Tier 4, which have been gradually phased in over the past several years. It's all coming to a head in 2015, so you'll be hearing more and more about machines that are "Tier 4 Final" and ready to go.
But many manufacturers have also taken the opportunity to not only introduce track loaders that meet the Tier 4 requirements, but also offer gains in the way of productivity, safety, operator comfort and operating cost. Things contractors should look at include cab design and operator space, visibility, easier-to-use controls, track design, accessibility of major service items, and important performance specs such as bucket breakout force, lifting capacity and attachment capability.
Check out the following compact track loaders for 2015 in our Online Product Guide.