Tracks or Wheels

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bartlane, May 12, 2008.

  1. bartlane

    bartlane LawnSite Member
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    I am thinking about buying a mini skid steer. I was just planning on getting a track machine but the other day I was talking to another landscaper and he said he like his wheel machine better. Which one should I get? Does anybody know anything about a Thomas 25GT? Are they good machines?
     
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go for the tracks, you won't be seeing the higher costs of operating with the larger tracked skid steers and with such a small machine, you'll still be getting work done while the others are spinning their tires.
     
  3. Ausman

    Ausman LawnSite Senior Member
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    25GT is defunct since Thomas went broke
     
  4. xtoyz

    xtoyz LawnSite Member
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    What's wrong with a wheeled skid steer add aftermarket tracks? Best of both worlds you'd think....right?
     
  5. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    They lack good floatation and stability and addding tracks to a wheeled machine puts more stress on the already small drive motors and drive chains.
     
  6. xtoyz

    xtoyz LawnSite Member
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    Well, than how much is it to replace a set of tracks? For what I'd do with it, tracks wouldn't wear too quick (lots of use in snow), but I've seen that they wear out between 1-2k hours?
     
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    1000 hours is the normal point of replacement, for myself, I was putting new tires on my old skid every 200 - 250 hours and I was still losing work that I could get with CTL, so I bought one and upped my rates $5 per hour, over 1000 hours, the extra rate increase (both from a bigger machine and tracks) basically put $5000 into my pocket for track replacement, I got more work done on time and I got more customers at the same time.

    Tires at the time cost me $1500 installed, I used regular skid steer tires with rubber inserts with bead lock rims, over 1000 hours I was going to piss away $6000 in rubber and still not get the work I wanted where floatation was the key. That's when I made the jump.
     

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