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Help for Selecting Trail Building Equipment

Screenshot of the Mechanized Trail Building Equipment web site.In 1996, SDTDC prepared a catalog of mechanized trail building equipment that could be used for the Forest Service's recreation program. Since then, new equipment has become available. Trail builders and crews still need compact, mechanized equipment.

MTDC, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails program, conducted a market survey during 2004 and 2005 to determine the trail building equipment that was available.

The Mechanized Trail Building Equipment database is an online resource ( with information about small equipment for building trails. The database includes mechanized equipment that is less than 60 inches wide, such as compact and mini skid-steers, excavators, track loaders, dozers, haulers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility vehicles (UTVs), attachments, and some miscellaneous equipment. Images, basic information, and links to manufacturers' Web sites are provided.

For additional information about compact mechanized trail construction or maintenance equipment, contact Keith Windell, project leader (phone: 406–329–3956; e-mail:

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