Over tire Tracks, Finally got them

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by racetra, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. racetra

    racetra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    A few weeks back I asked about the McLaren Over tire tracks for Skid Steers.. I finally got them. Here is what I think.
    They work awsome, the one thing I did not consider in my research was the over all height. It changes the gear ratio an you lose some of the bottom end. Other than that they work great.
  2. Bob Horrell

    Bob Horrell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Did you get the magnums or the diamonds? You will also notice that the increased height raises the heel of the bucket making finish grading more difficult. Grouser makes an adapter plate that goes between the bucket and the skidsteer attachment point that takes care of this problem.
  3. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    What gear ratio does it change? Why does it reduce ground clearance? (Pardon for any interpretational errors I made from your comments.)
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    By increasing the diameter of the tire you change the final drive ratio. This is the same as putting a larger tire on a truck.
  5. racetra

    racetra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Exactly what Jon said. As far as finish work, I have a 72in. Smooth edge bucket that I use for finish grading and did not have a problem. Does Any body make a smaller rim & Tire that might work to get my low end back???

  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    Just deal with the power loss. I have been running tracks for 10 years 753, 763, and now 185. Also keep in mind they weigh 600 lbs some thing has to give. Where i notice the loss is running the rockhound up hill. But for the benefit of where i can work and perform it is a good trade off.
  7. racetra

    racetra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I hear ya. I did a job where I thoughtI would have problems and it rocked. There are advantages. Now it goes like 80 mph.
    Hey Mike, have you used them in the snow? If so, ho do they work. I will be doing some snow work this year again. It is all pretty flat where I am at now. Mostly driveways.
  8. Tigerotor77W

    Tigerotor77W LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Germany
    Messages: 1,892

    Jon and racetra, I misunderstood the first post. I thought gears were physically changed out in the process. ;)
  9. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i didn't thinl abpout changing the gearing i just thought thought that it was just hooking up better and the better traction mad the motor seem to strugle a bit more

    spinning tires make the motor sound better but not dig better
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,168

    Running tracks will cause a power loss, I think that is the way it is. Last year (and again in a couple of weeks). We went up to Big Sky, Mt. The job was above the ski hill at 9,800 feet, heavy mud and we were working on a building pad with 25 feet of elevation difference in the footprint of the house. Talk about power loss. Going down was easy, going up hill was not.

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