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steel tracks or rubber?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Bill Eh, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. Bill Eh

    Bill Eh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    If I am buying a 6000 pound mini excavator should I pay the extra to get steel tracks? The steel cost about $1000 to $1200 more.

  2. montana jack

    montana jack LawnSite Member
    from montana
    Posts: 19

    Hey Bill,
    It depends on what you want to use the machine for. If your working on folks driveways with blacktops, the rubber may be best. I recently bought an 8K lbs mini & paid $1,700 extra for the steel. I work my land, with slopes, mostly digging up tree stumps. I've heard the steel last longer & provide better traction.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    Rubber tracks have their place if you are working in places where its nothing but dirt and rock go with steel if you are dealing with peoples concrete and paved driveways go with rubber. I personally don't like rubber tracks they are too slippery they just don't have the traction or ground pressure to keep the machine from sliding.

    What brand of machine are you looking at ?

    What type of work do you do ?

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