SSL (skid steer loader) refers to the standard wheeled machine.  CTL (compact track loader) and MTL (multi-terrain loader) refer to different undercarriage designs.  CTLs feature a steel embedded track and steel undercarriage components for maximum life in many applications.  MTLs have a rubber track undercarriage that delivers lower ground pressure compared to an SSL and CTL so they don’t tear up the ground as badly.
Knowing the tractor you want, and the market for it is a start, but it can all go out the window after a little hands-on time with the actual machine. It may have lived a hard life, and be worth half as much, or it may be a barn queen in mint condition and justifiably cost a pile more. For the rookie tractor buyer or the mechanically disinclined, this is where knowledgeable friends come into play.
Excavators are a valuable tool in a wide range of applications, from digging trenches and preparing foundations on construction sites, to driving in piles on a farm. Clear snow in poor weather, dredge rivers, or demolish existing structures as part of a clearing operation. Access to a John Deere or Komatsu digger makes many projects easier, helping you to keep to deadlines and improve overall workforce efficiency. While most excavators have tracks, it is also possible to get wheeled models, which may be more suitable in certain working environments, especially if you need to drive between work sites on main roads or require extra maneuverability. 

From the AutoConnect™ Drive Over mower deck to the optional heated cab, the 1 Series is the one. Add a loader, backhoe and blade and you have the perfect mini tractor. In every nut and bolt, you’ll get fine-tuned engineering. The kind you’ll find in only the best small farm tractors. The result is a great sub-compact utility tractor that can double as a riding lawn mower.
36" 6500 BELTS, 5 HYD, ACS, PREM RADIO, PREM LIGHTS, POLY MID ROLLERS, ELE MIRRORS, LEATHER, 10 TOUCH SCREEN, RH/LH BEACON LIGHTS, REFRIGERATOR, GREASEABLE STEERING PINS, RADAR, PREM CAB W/ SUSPENSION LIKE NEW WTY TILL APR''18. We have several more of this same model in stock at our 20 Deere locations. We trade for equipment every day so call to see what''s new and not yet online. We trade nationwide and our own fleet of trucks will deliver directly to your farm.|English Operator''s Manual|e18 Transmission, 18 F/6 R Speeds with Efficiency Manager|Single10 In. CommandCenter Display|John Deere ActiveCommand Steering (ACS)|4600 Processor|Premium CommandView III Cab with Cab Suspension|Premium Radio Package with XM Radio|Cummins QSX15 14.9L (912 cu. In.) 6 Cyl. Tier 4 / Stage 4 Compliant Diesel Engine|219 L/Min (58 gpm) Single Hydraulic Pump|Five Rear Remote Selective Control Valves with Electro-Hydraulic Controls (Single Hydraulic Pump Hydraulic System)|Cat. 5 Drawbar (2 position) with Heavy-Duty Drawbar Support with 70mm (2.75 In.) Pin|Polyurethane Mid-Rollers|914 mm (36 In.) Width, 208 mm (8.2 In.) Pitch Camoplast Durabuilt 6500 Tracks with Duradrive Technology|Fixed 2218 mm (87.32 In.) Spacing|Premium Lighting|Ethernet Switch R4|Leather Comfort Package|Outside Mirrors, Power Telescoping, Heated, Electrically Adjustable, RH and LH|Radar, Dual Beam Sensor|Antenna Mount and Wiring for Business Band Radio|Actively Cooled Refrigeration Unit 6.4 L³ (391 cu. in.)|Greaseable Steering Cylinder Pins|installed AT on GEN4 ...more
Knowing how much tractor you need is a separate problem all together. The answer depends on the work you intend to do. What implements will it pull? Is the main job brush hogging an established pasture or finish-cutting a lawn? Do you need tires that won’t trash the yard or more aggressive treads and 4-wheel drive so it won’t get bogged down in the woods? I was after a 30-to 50-horse machine with 4-wheel drive, and a frontend loader. Because much of my land is forest that I’m clearing for food plots and pasture, I wanted something heavy enough to take a beating and pull an 8-foot tiller or brush hog.
Excavators (hydraulic) are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, dipper (or stick), bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the "house".[1] The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often mistakenly called power shovels. All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid, with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors.[2] Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders, their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators which use winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements.[3]

Fifty-five farmers and assorted country folk clustered around the auctioneer. Bidding on the New Holland was fast and fierce. Then, the Kubota was up. “$15,000, can I get $15,000,” the auctioneer sang through a megaphone. “How about 10? Can I get 10? $10,000?” My buddy Kyle had told me never to bid first. They always start high, so wait for the drop and let someone else kick it off. “Nice Kubota, backhoe, good machine, how about 7, can I get 7?” A card went up. A guy in overalls near the front had bid. “We have 7, how about 7-5, 7-5.” Shaking like baby deer, I raised my card. “7-5, in the back. Can I get 8, 8, 8?” Overalls raised his card. “8-5, 8-5.”
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