Toppy tracks

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Mini man, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
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    Anyone familiar with this type of track? advantage or disadvantage?
    It is an option on the new Cat C CR machines
     
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Huh? I'm not familiar with what you're talking about.
     
  3. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
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    They are a steel track with rubber shoes and Cat wants an extra 4K canadian for them.
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you need rubber tracks I think you'd be better off with the regular rubber tracks. I would be leary of those bolt on rubber pads and a steel track because of weight issues. They are also terrible for traction as compared to a standard rubber track so I'm not really sure why you would spring for the bolt on pads?
     
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with either or don't go with the bolt on rubber pads Scag is right they don't have any traction they are mostly used in Japan where they run on paved roads.

    If your just in dirt go with steel if you are working in peoples back yards where your walking over concrete and asphalt drives go with rubber tracks.
     
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep, GR is right. They are used in paved application because they last longer than a belted rubber track. The rubber compound is much tougher because it doesn't have to bend when it goes around the sprocket. I'd say those track pads last at least 1,500 hours on pavement, but that's about all they're good for is pavement.
     
  7. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think steel tracks with bolt on pads are the only way to go.
    I replaced my rubber tracks on my 35c deere mini at 900 hrs with steel with bolt on rubber.The new tracks have 235 hrs on them and are holding up great.
    I do alot of brush cutting with the mini the alder stumps (2-4") eat rubber tracks.As for the traction, it's much better than the rubber tracks on my machine.My machine gets better traction than my friends 160 size with 3 bar pads on the same hill.
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Alright, whatever works for you, but I have a hard time trying to figure out how a flat piece of hard rubber is going to grab better than steel triple grousers.
     
  9. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
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    I see your point, but the traction comes from the space between the rubber pads about a 1 1/2" deep and 1" wide between pads on my machine.If you damage a pad, you just replace it.With a rubber track if you damage the track badly you might drop 2k plus to replace,bolt on pads only cost 15$ ea. Steel tracks with rubber pads self clean better triple bar grousers,because the space that gives you the traction opens up on the idler and sprocket the dirt or mud falls out the pads open up.the triple bar pads plug up easily and don't self clean.
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  10. thepawnshop

    thepawnshop LawnSite Senior Member
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    Minimax...where did you get your tracks?
     

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