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Rubber Track skid loaders

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by worthbrown, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. worthbrown

    worthbrown LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I have a friend with an ASV rubber track skid loader. It seems pretty slick, but is it worth the extra money for a machine with rubber tracks. I do primarily yard grading (1-2 acres) with a harley rake. The machine I have (JCB 165) seems to work fine, but considering the tracks. My unit is the high flow machine, and the pump is in the way if I wanted to add tracks to my machine. Just wondering if anyone uses the ASV, or another rubber track skid steer.
     
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Great for construction, heavily muddy, or hilly sites. Track machines are generally larger, heavier, and wider in size. Good for some jobs... not for others. :cool:
     
  3. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 937

    Worthbrown, If you can afford it go for it. My crew loves the Cat 257. The 257 has the same track set up as the ASV. Once you go w/tracks you'll be wondering how you did it this long w/out them. You do a better job of grading and the ride quality/capacity of lift is much better. Don't worry,both skids that have tires and tracks kill established lawns when you skid turn. The T-190 by Bobcat has made some improvements as well and in a couple of months is coming out w/the servos like Cat except all electric, not hydraulic. Let me know if I can help answer any of your questions.
     
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Cat purchased ASV last year (as well as mustang 2+ years ago). Cat does have true track skid steers (unlike gehl & others who have tracks that go on the tires). The CATs supposedly do minimal skuffing damage to turf. They're still very new, but supposedly worth the $5000 price increase.
     
  5. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    Remember that when it comes time to replace the tracks! Here we see about 1000 to 1500 hrs on a set of tracks. cast to replace them $3000 to $5000 so figure about $2 per hour on them.
     
  6. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 866

    I have been considering trading my New Holland skid steer in for a Bob Cat or Cat with the rubber tracks as well. However I haven't yet ll size (not campact like the ASV RC 30)gone so far as to price these units out. I have 3 questions. How do these units do on pavement and lawns compared to a skid steer with tires, and what do full size units run cost wise?
     
  7. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 937

    The tracks do better on pavement than the tires do. They seem to glide over the pavement as opposed to bouncing when skidding to the side as tires do. The compaction is 4lbs per square inch for the tracks which is very good for lawns except when turning like any skid steer. I know from experience you can get a Cat 257 w/harley rake and 4in1 bucket w/teeth for 39K.
     
  8. Qualey

    Qualey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 144

    I have an ASV 4810 and use it for several applications (BTW, CAT only owns 20% of ASV, contrary to what the CAT salespeople tell you). They are expensive, the cabs aren't airtight, and they do require a more dedicated maintenance schedule if you care about such things, but for brute strength, work in snowy or muddy conditions, and grading they can't be beat. My machine weight 8500 lbs dry with no attachment, so get a good trailer!

    Matt
     
  9. r_rivera7272

    r_rivera7272 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Get a skid with tires and put tracks on it. It'll give you the same performance with half the cost. I own a set of McLaren OTT tracks. They have rubber shoes on them that you can replace. So far it has about 900 hours on them and it's still doing good. I cannot stop talking about them.
     
  10. drtyrffnek

    drtyrffnek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    DaddyRabbit does make a point I have rubber steel tracks on my Gehl 4640 and when I wanna do a good looking mowing job I have to take extra time in my turns for the next row or when i unload my equipment i have to go back to those same spots and have to go over it to pack it down and make it look good. it really is time consuming but i do mainly tall weed mowing! But here is a pic of my Skid Steer. honestly when I do dirt work I use the tracks to do cosmetic work over the top layer and it really looks good when u go over it and pack the dirt down. But yeah tracks are way better , I wouldn't be able to do most of the work i do without those tracks!

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