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Small tracks for commercial mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have thought about this before, but I really think it would work pretty good. They would be similar to those tracks kits people mount on their ATVs and trucks. They are a triangle type shape tracks and they bolt right in place of the wheels with no modifications. They would solve all traction issues on ZTRS and WBs, thus making them much safer, plus eliminate ruts due to their low ground pressure PSI. Plus they wouldnt tear up the ground as bad as tires when doing a zero turn, and you could tackle ANY hillside with a set of tracks versus wheels and tires! I think they would be fairly affordable as well. Anyone ever consider this or have any experience with the tracks kits you mount on ATVs and trucks?
  2. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here is a couple links, www.atvtracks.com and, www.ktracks.com These are for ATVs, but tracks for the mowers would be around the same size and configuration. Let me know if those links do not work.
  5. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,253

    They only tear up the ground if they have an aggressive tread. Ive seen tracks that just slide around and do not do any damage to turf. I guess it would be a trade off, either great traction and torn up turf or no damage, but hardly no tread? But If your just operating on grass, you shouldnt need real aggressive tread anyway.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    You were thinking just in the back, behind the deck?

    It might work but it would be a highly specialized machine...
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    You should try it and let us know how it works out. If someone gets near my yard with those... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  8. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    tracks on a ztr mower WILL destroy the turf without a doubt. Please try them on your best customers lawn and let us know if they like them.
  9. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Those green tracks on that loader werent tearing up the turf at all, but they didnt have much if any tread, but thats the trade-off, and mowers weigh much less than a skid steer. Some of those ATV tracks used the ATVs wheels and tires, and the rubber track mounted over the tires and went thru other rollers in the rear. The biggest problem is going to be keeping the rubber track on the mowers tires. I need to find a place that makes the rubber track itself, then I can design the rollers and internal parts of my mower tracks. But all this will have to wait til summer, as I have no money right now, just an idea! Just imagine how well they would stripe?!!!

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