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CTL -vs - Wheeled machine w/ tracks

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Total Landscape Solutions, May 9, 2007.

  1. Total Landscape Solutions

    Total Landscape Solutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    Just looking for some opinions on what people think about wheeled machines with trail-blazers, or similar.

    At two other companies I worked for, before owning my own business, we never had a CTL. We attached trail-blazers (tracks) over the wheels when we knew it would be muddy. Two guys could install a set in about 30 min.

    I have ran CTL's before. With the exception of ground pressure per square inch, I don't see a real difference. When the tracks were on a Bobcat 843 or the John Deere skid loader, the machines were virtually unstoppable. The only complaint came from the mechanic. He said that the tracks put a lot of strain on the drive chains and wear them out faster.

    Why not just purchase a wheeled machine and a set of tracks. Now you have both, a tire machine and a CTL (without the added $12-15,000)

    Just looking for some opinions for those familiar with both.
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,793

    I found that with Bobcat's requirement for spacers, the machine was too wide with tracks. It came in at 80". I also found that the tires would spin under the tracks when muddy and that did damage to the sidewall of the tire -over time-. As far as the chains, etc., the new large frame bobcats have hefty chains. Even the older machines from late 90's that I ran didn't have any problems. I stopped running tracks a couple of years ago and sold my trailblazers. I just didn't like working in the mud, period.
    Have you looked at the Versatrack from Loegering? Yeah, it's expensive but you can take it on and off as needed.

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