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 08-12-2008, 10:24 Post: 156047
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I'm thinking of getting rubber tracks for my case 1845 skid steer.
Does anyone have any experience with tracks? Do they increase pushing power etc.
How do they tension? Do they put too much stress on the wheel bearings etc.






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 08-12-2008, 17:05 Post: 156054
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It depends on the terain you operate on. We have a VSI system on a Cat 246. Weoperate on HARD gravel and there is lots of vibration and we have a lot of problems with idlers. They tension with turn buckles and the system bolts right to the hubs.

They are awesome in snow and on soft ground. Operators used to 180 dregree turns with tires are hard on the track system. We have had to replace hubs and track wheels 3 times wheter its the 180 turns or the hard ground. Lug nuts loosen waller holes and break studs. Hard to check with 3-4 guys in and out of it daily.






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 08-12-2008, 19:23 Post: 156055
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I'm thinking of getting rubber tracks for my case 1845 skid steer.Does anyone have any experience with tracks? Do they increase pushing power etc. How do they tension? Do they put too much stress on the wheel bearings etc.



Rubber over-the-tire tracks (OTT) will suck out 30% of the net engine power---ask any rubber track seller. They are extremely costly--$3-7,000.

I use lightweight, alloy, high floatation (16" wide) steel OTT tracks on my New Holland LS185.b. If you go to www.tracksplus.com you can order thenm directly from the manufacturer----ask for Sue Wagoner and tell her Jeff from Earthwerks Unlimited in Michigan sent you---she may be able to get you discounted shipping if you mention my name. There are guys on the west coast who buy these tracks from them and resell them at a much higher price--sometimes double the price.

I used these tracks exclusively when I was cleaning up Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and New Orleans for the Army Corp of Engineers---they loved them since I could climb front yards that previously could not be climbed by regular bobcats. And I used them on the beaches where sugar sand, gravel and clay are the prevailing soils. I could fly and float over sand so fast that I was making roostertails! These tracks outperformed the bar-type tracks made by Grouser or Loegering.






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