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Front and rear lockers: All Wheel Drive, the way it was meant to be...
'Bout time for one of these, don-cha think?!

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Whoo hoo! How much lift do you think I need to put those on my truck? I think I'd like to just use the whole axles (or course, the axles on that weigh more than my whole truck)...
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..At that point why not take the 225 HP diesel while yer at it. Oh, and you'll love the built in winch (see below)

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Cradled Front Axle
Exclusive to Caterpillar wheel skidders, the cradled front axle with a high pivot center acts as a working counterweight, and delivers enhanced performance and operator comfort. It provides excellent fore-aft stability for large grapples and the dual-function arch. Heavy-duty trunnion bearings assure durable, reliable operation. The 15 degree oscillation absorbs minor shock loads, isolating the cab from axle movement for a smoother ride.

Final Drives
Heavy-duty inboard final drives are protected from the harsh logging environment, and use splash oil lubrication and cooling. This configuration makes wheel and tire removal and installation easier.

Brake Components
Brake components are housed inside the axles, protecting them from dirt, dust and wet ground conditions. Inboard brakes allow for splash lubrication and cooling, are virtually maintenance free, and provide reliable brake performance in the most demanding logging applications.

Oil Sump
Full axle-length oil sump provides excellent lubrication and heat rejection for long component life. All components housed in the axle are splash lubricated, and outboard bearings are maintenance free. Large oil capacity delivers excellent heat rejection, ensuring proper lubrication

Differential Locks
Differential locks provide added traction in weak ground conditions. On-the-go engagement / disengagement allows operator to maintain production without stopping.

Wheel Options
The 545 axle is capable of single or dual wheels. Dual or flotation tires (using 30.5 x 32 inner and 24.5 outer) increase flotation in wet, sloppy underfoot conditions, and improve stability on grades with large loads.

Winch - Grapple Skidder
Max Line Pull - Bare Drum .... 45200 lb / 201 kN
Max Line Speed .... 360 ft/min / 110 m/min
Drum Capacity 19.0mm (3/4in) .... 148 ft / 45 m
Drum Capacity 22.2mm (7/8in) .... 106 ft / 32 m
Drum capacity 25.4mm (1in) .... 82 ft / 25 m
Drum Diameter .... 10 in / 254 mm
Drum Width .... 11 in / 279.4 mm
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Okay, "Tim Taylor"...

Well, maybe a skid steer loader doesn't have quite the setup I need. But it sure sounds capable -- I just can't imagine driving it to Centralia or Wharton. Probably if I took it in Wharton, I'd get arrested.
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Just like I can't imagine driving a fully locked, jacked up, fully articulating 4x4 w/ mud-tires on public roads. Eventually you get to the point where your pickup more closely resembles a skidder (skid steer loaders are a little different) and is useless on the super-slab.. ..at about that point I think people start calling them 'trailered in rigs'!
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True. I can't imagine how people who "spool" their rears drive on the street and stand it! I've put my locker on to try it and it's not a good thing.

If by "fully locked" you mean full-time locked, I can definitely identify! But selectable lockers are "invisible" when they're off.
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That's true too. While I did mean a full-time locker when I said 'full-locked', I still don't have much interest in selectable lockers myself.

85% of why I wanted a 4x4 was for traction in the snow on city streets. Ideally I should have been after AWD instead, I know that now. But that isn't available in a pickup anyway. For my application any kind of locker, full-time or otherwise probably isn't that useful. Ideally I'd like a Land Rover type of setup w/ a lockable center dif for AWD handling in the wet and snow, yet part time 4WD traction off road. I have less interest in locking either axle..

Like they say, everything's relative..
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Do any of your relatives sell Rover? That would be a good thing for you...
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Uh? None of my relative could afford a 'Rover if we lumped our funds together and saved for years! Why the heck do you think I'm driving a Ford?!
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Well, your family is like mine, so I DO understand!
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Uh? None of my relative could afford a 'Rover if we lumped our funds together and saved for years! Why the heck do you think I'm driving a Ford?!
excuse me, but a Rover is a Ford
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He should have said, "a CHEAPER Ford"...
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Ford as in it says 'Ford' on the name badge. The base 'Rover starts at like $28k! My grand-dad's Volvo might come close to that, but the rest of us sure as heck couldn't swing that.. Besides, I hear that some Jeeps are equipped w/ lockable center diffs. I think I'd almost rather go that route..

Not that it matters. My next will probably have to be a four door, so no more pickups for me. I'll probably be after an AWD sedan or sport wagon..
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Jeeps with full time xfer cases (in grand cherokees) some have full time, 4 hi and 4lo, so the center diff does lock in hi and lo, and unlock in full time. But full time sucks.
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Full time sucks? How so?
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