Look what Sanata dropped off!

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobcat_ron, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, maybe the UPS man, but he was wearing a Santa hat, close enough.
    As part of the sale agreement, I had to install 3 Larry Lugs on a used track I purchased from AMCAT a few weeks back.
    6 Larry Lugs, 4" carbide grinding wheel, hardware and drilling template, shipping and handling, $220.00.
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    This wheel is gnarly looking, one wrong move and it will give you a pedicure to remember:
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    2 busted lugs here:
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    And 1 here:
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    I plan to do the work tomorrow, and get some video on it too.
     
  2. Jimmyed

    Jimmyed LawnSite Member
    from IN
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    Why the carbide grinding wheel? Confused by that...
     
  3. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
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    Probably the way to smooth out the part of the track that got chewed off to fit the new plastic lug. I did the same thing years ago for a track using rubber from a railroad crossing (which failed) and later nylon I molded from spent cutting boards. Who knew this was an invention that would sell?
     
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's to grind the remaining pieces of lug smooth and flush down to the track, those lugs are some tough, tough, tough rubber.
     
  5. Jimmyed

    Jimmyed LawnSite Member
    from IN
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    Why are you fixing an asv track? Don't you have a taki?
     
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's part of the sale agreement, the new owners of my former Cat skidsteer won't pick up their machine until the spare track is ready to be installed, I could not talk them into taking the machine as is and using it, they were just too scared the track would rip apart.

    Lugs are installed, about an hour to do 3, the hardest part was grinding off the lugs, that was very tricky:
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    The video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kis1k_tv4E
     
  7. Sam_French

    Sam_French LawnSite Member
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    Thank you for making a video and posting some pics. I always liked your 247B. What other ways are their to repair CTL rubber tracks?

    Thank You

    Sam
     
  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    There's really no other way than just replacing the drive lugs, even the rip I had I was contemplating putting some kind of heated rubber strip over it to hold it, but then I was looking at gouging out the inside if the track to get the patch lay flush, and that's tricky.
    But judging by how hard it was to get a razor sharp 1/2" drill bit to sink through the core 6 times, I'd say those ASV tracks are tougher than you think.
     
  9. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack LawnSite Senior Member
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    that guy that makes those lugs ,BAIR prouducts makes steel rollers for the cat/asv track systems Thumbs Up he makes them for just about every machine .....just figured id pass that along for anyone whos wants to replace the rubber rollers with the steel ones, they say its the last set you'll ever put on them
     
  10. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ...and the start of an increase in hourly operating costs due to seriously shorter track life because the steel rollers jam rocks right into the track. I know of two people that bought steel rollers from his company, one for an ASV and the other for a CAT and both of them have gone back to the old rollers because it actually costs less to run them.
     

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