Cleaning out the near the sprocket is a pain especially with just a hose but a must in my opinion. The new style is open like on the Cat mtl's. I will be the first to admit and I've said it before. If I stick the bucket into a wet pile of material it won't lift it rght through the pile like some other machines may. I'm not sure f it's how ASV balances these machines or what but ther are better lifters out there in my opinion. It is however the ultimate all season machine. I don't think anyone can argue that. Every machine has it's weakness but to listen to the the bull that always gets flung about these track systems is ridiculous. I just don't like the usual blanket system that goes with the ASV brand. Damn you haters!