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Old 09-27-2009, 12:10 AM
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And ya, I thought that lowboy had a little bit of a "sag" in it from the massive 50D
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:11 AM
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offer this guy $2,500 he has had them for ever!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Steel-Tracks-wit...d=p3286.c0.m14
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:12 AM
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go get that bobcat stuck as a pig and then tell me if that 50 got it out. if it did i will buy one.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:22 AM
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Steel tracks won't work for me because I won't be able to access many areas due to having to cross landscaping or pavement. I did look at rubber over steel tracks but the timing did not work out. For the price of the rubber over steel tracks, I will be able to get atleast 3 sets of new rubber tracks which should last me quite awhile. Next time I guess.
Its not the durability issue its the traction issue I think you may find the rubber bands a little slippery especially on wet grass. You will have to get used to a little slipping and sliding.

A mini with rubber bands is a little different to a CTL which of course has rubber bands. Try it and see how you like it and be prepared to use the blade quite abit for a brake.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:32 AM
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Picasso, look back several pages to where the bobcat was stuck pretty good in a swamp. The only reason a larger machine had to be used was because the bobcat wouldn't start and had been sitting there for 2 days. I won't lie to you, a 50D won't lift a 10-12k lb machine. That's why I had to get the Cat excavator in there. But, 2 days later (after getting pulled out by the Cat excavator) I got the bobcat stuck again with the right track completely buried in the mud. I walked the demo 50D I had down to the bobcat, hooked a chain from the 50D's bucket to the arm of the Bobcat, and with me in the 50 and my helper in the bobcat to get the tracks spinning just a little, I pulled that bobcat right out. That one moment with the 50D was the difference between me working the next 2 days and avoiding a $500-1000 recovery bill.

So, will the 50D lift your machine and free it if you bury it in the middle of a swamp and kill the engine? Nope. The only machine that could maybe do that is a 160 size, while sitting on a lot of mats. (A 200 size machine would do it no problem though.) But, that 50D will get you out of many other situations that could otherwise be very costly and time consuming. It just won't be as easy as a 40,000 lb machine doing it.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:34 AM
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Thanks for the advice Gravelrat! I'm looking forward to doing a little bobsledding with the 50D this winter anyways At least I can steer myself with the angle blade
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:36 AM
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oh yeah i forgot about that picture .

im going to build a heavy duty bumper/winch for mine this winter i think anyways.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:41 AM
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I forgot to say, if you get the trackloader stuck, don't sink it further by being an idiot like me and spinning the tracks fruitlessly trying to get out. I found that if I get stuck and can't get out after 1-2 quick tries, it's a lot easier if I stop and just hook on the the 50D. At least I stand a chance and will more than likely get the trackloader out.

A winch you say? While you're at it, build me one too! (Now that I think of it, the 50D would be an excellent anchor point if I can't hook onto a tree or boulder. Just put the blade and bucket down and dig in. )
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:45 AM
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that comment about the winch point is exactly what i was thinking! dig yourself a liitle hole to sit in and pull away.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:56 AM
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Hmm- I'm really starting to like this idea. How much do you think it would be to put a winch assembly on one of these machines? I've seen winches that are about $6k, but I imagine there has to be a cheaper alternative.
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