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The compact tracked loader is a tracked variant of the wheeled skid-steer. Both machines’ overall appearance, structure and function are similar. The defining difference is the tracked undercarriage of a compact tracked loader. These machines were first developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and started to become widely available in the 2000s.
The tracked undercarriage exerts less pressure on the ground than the wheels of a skid steer loader. This allows compact tracked loaders to operate in softer ground conditions, or in applications where a wheeled machine may damage the terrain.
Compact tracked loaders are usually classified by their rated operating capacity, which is to say the heaviest load a machine can lift without tipping onto its nose.