View Full Version : Toppy tracks

Mini man
03-17-2006, 09:08 PM
Anyone familiar with this type of track? advantage or disadvantage?
It is an option on the new Cat C CR machines

03-18-2006, 03:16 AM
Huh? I'm not familiar with what you're talking about.

Mini man
03-18-2006, 09:50 AM
They are a steel track with rubber shoes and Cat wants an extra 4K canadian for them.

03-18-2006, 04:45 PM
If you need rubber tracks I think you'd be better off with the regular rubber tracks. I would be leary of those bolt on rubber pads and a steel track because of weight issues. They are also terrible for traction as compared to a standard rubber track so I'm not really sure why you would spring for the bolt on pads?

Gravel Rat
03-18-2006, 06:29 PM
Go with either or don't go with the bolt on rubber pads Scag is right they don't have any traction they are mostly used in Japan where they run on paved roads.

If your just in dirt go with steel if you are working in peoples back yards where your walking over concrete and asphalt drives go with rubber tracks.

03-18-2006, 06:39 PM
Yep, GR is right. They are used in paved application because they last longer than a belted rubber track. The rubber compound is much tougher because it doesn't have to bend when it goes around the sprocket. I'd say those track pads last at least 1,500 hours on pavement, but that's about all they're good for is pavement.

03-19-2006, 12:21 AM
I think steel tracks with bolt on pads are the only way to go.
I replaced my rubber tracks on my 35c deere mini at 900 hrs with steel with bolt on rubber.The new tracks have 235 hrs on them and are holding up great.
I do alot of brush cutting with the mini the alder stumps (2-4") eat rubber tracks.As for the traction, it's much better than the rubber tracks on my machine.My machine gets better traction than my friends 160 size with 3 bar pads on the same hill.

03-19-2006, 03:28 AM
Alright, whatever works for you, but I have a hard time trying to figure out how a flat piece of hard rubber is going to grab better than steel triple grousers.

03-19-2006, 10:52 PM
I see your point, but the traction comes from the space between the rubber pads about a 1 1/2" deep and 1" wide between pads on my machine.If you damage a pad, you just replace it.With a rubber track if you damage the track badly you might drop 2k plus to replace,bolt on pads only cost 15$ ea. Steel tracks with rubber pads self clean better triple bar grousers,because the space that gives you the traction opens up on the idler and sprocket the dirt or mud falls out the pads open up.the triple bar pads plug up easily and don't self clean.

03-19-2006, 11:31 PM
Minimax...where did you get your tracks?

03-19-2006, 11:58 PM
Pawnshop,I got those tracks from McLaren Industries.They are the hybrids.Are great tracks for demo,working in rock,lots of wood,etc.Check out the video on them, they ROCK!!!!!

04-07-2006, 02:10 AM
Does anyone know of any down side with steel tracks w/t rubber pads other than add weight?

04-07-2006, 09:16 AM
A good friend and competitor of ours runs those on his Kubota KX 41. He highly recommends them although he does break one off occaisionally. Whilst taking them off and running on steel is an option on some brands (apparently) its a very time consuming job. If a manufacturer offers them as an option I'm sure that weight wouldn't be a big issue as they are always careful with driveline loads.

09-04-2006, 08:15 PM
Just bring this back up for dirty water:rolleyes:

Dirty Water
09-04-2006, 08:21 PM
You said $15 a pad here, but $500 a pad in the other thread. I'll never buy those if its $500 a pad, what is the right price???

09-04-2006, 11:20 PM
You have me mixed up with murray83 and he corrected his post in the other thread, I have always said $15per pad.