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racetra
10-22-2006, 11:20 PM
A few weeks back I asked about the McLaren Over tire tracks for Skid Steers.. I finally got them. Here is what I think.
They work awsome, the one thing I did not consider in my research was the over all height. It changes the gear ratio an you lose some of the bottom end. Other than that they work great.

Bob Horrell
10-23-2006, 12:20 AM
Did you get the magnums or the diamonds? You will also notice that the increased height raises the heel of the bucket making finish grading more difficult. Grouser makes an adapter plate that goes between the bucket and the skidsteer attachment point that takes care of this problem.

Tigerotor77W
10-23-2006, 01:38 AM
What gear ratio does it change? Why does it reduce ground clearance? (Pardon for any interpretational errors I made from your comments.)

Dirty Water
10-23-2006, 01:51 AM
What gear ratio does it change? Why does it reduce ground clearance? (Pardon for any interpretational errors I made from your comments.)

By increasing the diameter of the tire you change the final drive ratio. This is the same as putting a larger tire on a truck.

racetra
10-23-2006, 08:38 PM
Exactly what Jon said. As far as finish work, I have a 72in. Smooth edge bucket that I use for finish grading and did not have a problem. Does Any body make a smaller rim & Tire that might work to get my low end back???

T

Mike33
10-23-2006, 10:52 PM
Just deal with the power loss. I have been running tracks for 10 years 753, 763, and now 185. Also keep in mind they weigh 600 lbs some thing has to give. Where i notice the loss is running the rockhound up hill. But for the benefit of where i can work and perform it is a good trade off.
Mike

racetra
10-23-2006, 11:16 PM
I hear ya. I did a job where I thoughtI would have problems and it rocked. There are advantages. Now it goes like 80 mph.
Hey Mike, have you used them in the snow? If so, ho do they work. I will be doing some snow work this year again. It is all pretty flat where I am at now. Mostly driveways.

Tigerotor77W
10-23-2006, 11:33 PM
By increasing the diameter of the tire you change the final drive ratio. This is the same as putting a larger tire on a truck.

Jon and racetra, I misunderstood the first post. I thought gears were physically changed out in the process. ;)

gammon landscaping
10-24-2006, 12:56 AM
i didn't thinl abpout changing the gearing i just thought thought that it was just hooking up better and the better traction mad the motor seem to strugle a bit more

spinning tires make the motor sound better but not dig better

ksss
10-24-2006, 10:39 AM
Running tracks will cause a power loss, I think that is the way it is. Last year (and again in a couple of weeks). We went up to Big Sky, Mt. The job was above the ski hill at 9,800 feet, heavy mud and we were working on a building pad with 25 feet of elevation difference in the footprint of the house. Talk about power loss. Going down was easy, going up hill was not.

Mike33
10-24-2006, 11:57 PM
I hear ya. I did a job where I thoughtI would have problems and it rocked. There are advantages. Now it goes like 80 mph.
Hey Mike, have you used them in the snow? If so, ho do they work. I will be doing some snow work this year again. It is all pretty flat where I am at now. Mostly driveways.
No dont do it in the snow:hammerhead: you will have the wildest sled ride ev:hammerhead: ever,
Mike