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joec2127
02-15-2011, 12:58 PM
Its come time to replace my OTT steel tracks on my Case 60xt. Which type should I look into buying? I currently have skidtraxx and I am not very pleased with the way they have performed.

mxridernorth
02-15-2011, 06:54 PM
I had Mclaren Diamonds and they were great.

stuvecorp
02-15-2011, 08:49 PM
I've used Grouser and Loegering OTT and I liked the Loegering ones better. I thought it was easier to take the Loegering ones on and off.

skidsteer
02-16-2011, 09:27 AM
If you want easy on easy off look at tracksplus, they are a light and inexpensive design and last 1500 to 1800 hours. Won't work in wet snow though, it packs inside the pads andthey get to tight. Otherwise great product for the money. Light is great in mud. They use a longer pad design and run a bit rougher on hard surfaces. Pins are not bushed, but it is a bolt together design so you can change parts or adjust length if you need too

I have the Mclaren diamonds too. They are a good track with high traction, great in snow
Seem to wear well and run as smooth as a steel track can because they use more shoes. In turf applications the bars will penetrate the sod easier because they are narrow compared to grouser. McClarens are not bushed at the pins like Grouser, but the pins are locked into the pads so the wear is isolated in the dogbone.

Grouser are a good track too, but man they are heavy, sucks when you have a flat. Good choice if you are looking to counter weight the machine.
Skidsteer

hillboy
02-16-2011, 06:14 PM
If you have the extra cash, you may consider going with McLaren Rubber OTT. We have been running them for over 2 years now and have been very pleased mostly because they allow us also to work on asphalt, concrete and pavement. This extra feature makes the extra money we spent on them all worth. Plus, the extra weight they have really stabilizes the machine.

mxridernorth
02-16-2011, 06:48 PM
I wasn't going to mention it, but since hillboy did, the protrac rubbers are the way I'd go. I was just about to get these ones http://www.machinerytrader.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?ohid=7268325 for my Deere 240 when the Tak TL140 deal came through. It's a great deal if they are still available.

hillboy
02-19-2011, 08:44 AM
True, this is a great deal. It's about half of what we paid, plus the rubber pads look to have been hardly used.

landscapebuilders
02-22-2011, 07:03 PM
Has anyone checked out these tracks? Seems nice and I dont see any bushings like the Grousers someone else mentioned.

http://www.prowlertracks.com/over-the-tire-track-systems.htm

landscapebuilders
02-22-2011, 07:06 PM
I just came across some prices on ebay.

http://shop.ebay.com/sis.html?_nkw=Rubber+Tracks+Skid+Steer+Tracks+Over+the+Tire+Tracks+Skid+Steer+Rubber+Tracks+Bobcat+T racks

hillboy
02-22-2011, 07:52 PM
Has anyone checked out these tracks? Seems nice and I dont see any bushings like the Grousers someone else mentioned.

http://www.prowlertracks.com/over-the-tire-track-systems.htm

The gap between the pads seems to be quite large, which means less floatation. On the McLaren tracks we have the rubber pads are about one inch apart when the tracks are straight on the ground, which also means less ground pressure and thus less wear and damage to the ground.

I like the continuous rubber OTTs, though. They offer the most floatation and traction and are safest for the ground. The only problem I see with them is that they are more expensive and once they break, you can't rebuild them.

mxridernorth
02-22-2011, 08:09 PM
The McLaren Diamonds provide decent enough flotation. I was helping moving mud around out at the motocross track when it was first getting built in the early spring, and my little 753 couldn't be stopped.

The one negative that I could see with full rubber is the increased axle load when the tracks get loaded with mud. The bar style don't suffer from that problem. But don't even entertain the idea of doing a graceful turn on turf.

davidhoy.pt
02-28-2011, 07:26 AM
I too am interested in a set of OTT tracks this spring. You see the main 2 a lot: Grouser and Loegering. What about some of the more economical tracks you often see on EBAY: Prowler, "Component Plus Tracks", "Affordable Skid Steer Tracks?" Spec sheet wise and the descriptions make them seem to be a very good value for the price. Does anyone have any experience with these? Thanks.

skidsteer
02-28-2011, 11:30 AM
I too am interested in a set of OTT tracks this spring. You see the main 2 a lot: Grouser and Loegering. What about some of the more economical tracks you often see on EBAY: Prowler, "Component Plus Tracks", "Affordable Skid Steer Tracks?" Spec sheet wise and the descriptions make them seem to be a very good value for the price. Does anyone have any experience with these? Thanks.

Yes see 4 th post. We have had great sucess with the Components PLus aka Tracks Plus Line. Cost around $0.65 per operating hour and are very easy to install and remove. Bolt together design, lots of adjustment and easy component changes, not that you will need to. You can get 2 sets for the price of Grousers, no need to rebuild them, just run them 1500 to 1800 hours and replace them with another new set.

hillboy
03-02-2011, 04:28 PM
I looked thru the cheaper eBay OTTs as well and like the Radmeister track - looks very much like the Grousers and the McLaren Protrac Diamond, but are cheaper. Obvioulsy lesser duty, but still look well built.

swanny
03-02-2011, 05:46 PM
I've used several pairs of the economical traction tracks (chain style) and they work well. A little hard to install without the wishbone tool.

These ( http://tractiontracks.com/store/ ) are better/superior (alloy light weight chain...220 lbs a pair vs. 500 lbs.) than the ones made in Indiana by Eel River (transport chain). They both sell on Ebay.

I actually picked up a set on Craigslist that had never been used...just a little surface rust....for a hundred bucks the other week. Guy wanted them out of his garage.

Had a JD 240 with traction tracks and it actually out pulled a Takeuchi TL126 track machine.