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Mechanized Trail Building & Maintenance Equipment Database

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The Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC) is part of the USDA Forest Service.
This site is jointly funded by the USDA Forest Service and the USDOT Federal Highway Administration.

Feedback regarding the content of this site can be addressed to:
Keith Windell:

Technical questions regarding this site can be addressed to:



Trail Equipment Photo CollageWelcome to the Mechanized Trail Building Equipment Web site, designed to provide useful information about equipment to trail designers, builders, and maintenance personnel. We have defined small mechanized equipment to be less than 60 inches (152.4 cm) wide. Included are representative examples of smaller skid-steers, excavators, track loaders, dozers, haulers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility vehicles (UTVs), attachments, and a variety of miscellaneous equipment. There are also links to useful literature and Web sites for a quick refresher on currently accepted trail construction methods and to help users address specialized problems.

Most equipment is represented by an image, some basic information, and a link to more detailed information on the manufacturer's Web site. In a few cases we link to distributors rather than manufacturers when the manufacturer does not have a direct contact in the United States.

Performance information was taken directly from sources provided by the manufacturer. The Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC) did not field test any of this equipment. Inclusion here does not constitute product endorsements by the USDA Forest Service or the US Department of Transportation. We urge you to check equipment specifications, site conditions, and legal restrictions carefully when considering equipment for your application.

Due to the vast amount of information on the Internet, and limited resources available to gather it, this directory is not a comprehensive listing of all products that may be available. Web sites and equipment change constantly, so you may find broken links or information that is outdated. Contact the company or dealer directly for the most current specifications.

MTDC would like this site to be useful and provide current information. We hope to update it periodically. Let us know about any small mechanized trail construction or maintenance equipment that is not listed, or any errors that you notice. Please contact Keith Windell, Project Leader, at about any errors or omissions.

When sending suggestions, please include the following:

  • manufacturer's name and contact information
  • complete equipment name
  • equipment width
  • your own contact information
Updated: 12/11/2014
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