time to change tl 130 tracks

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by SunriseGardens, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. SunriseGardens

    SunriseGardens LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, I am going to need to start looking at replacing the tracks on my takeuchi, I looked in the archives and there really isn't anything recent. Bobcat Ron, if you are out there any advice?

    Are the OEM's worth the mucho extra dinero?

    Thanks

    Adam
     
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    The oems are pretty much tried and true. every aftermarket track has a horror story. Aftermarkets will save you 40% and I have found no one say they last as long as oem with actual proof. Lots of opinions.LOL
     
  3. SunriseGardens

    SunriseGardens LawnSite Member
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    That is what I thought, thanks
     
  4. JDSKIDSTEER

    JDSKIDSTEER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am having good results with the Comoplast tracks....People are price driven though and usually end up selling anther brand...I stock both.
     
  5. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I cast my vote for OEMs. You typically get what you pay for.
     
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    Some of the aftermarket tracks do a have a little better ride and offer some different tread patterns so that may be attractive? For my TL140 the oem are 1800 per track. I can get aftermarket as cheap as 1000 per track. So if oem lasts 1000 hours and aftermarket last 600 hours they have the same operating costs.
     
  7. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Good point. I think its also imprtant to factor the potential cost of a cord breaking or a bar coming out on a jobsite and causing downtime. A failure on a jobsite can easily wipeout any advantage that a cheaper cost can give someone.

    Granted, both OEM and aftermarket can fail on a jobsite. Still there is some peace of mind with a tried and true OEM. There's a reason why Bobcat, CAT, Takeuchi ship their machines with OEM tracks.
     
  8. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mclaren. I had them and they rode so much smoother than the OEM's and did less damage to the ground when turning.
     
  9. Digdeep

    Digdeep LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The ride is much smoother and you get more traction in snow, but I've heard very mixed results on the life and reliability from Case, Bobcat and even CAT owners.
     
  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I will also add that my tracks are falling apart before the pads are worn out. I think I have 1200 hours? I only use the machine a couple hunderd hours a year now so aftermarket are what I am leaning towards and taking the chance. If it was a 1000 hour a year machine they would get oem.
     

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