Tracked Skid Steer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by CASEBoy89, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. CASEBoy89

    CASEBoy89 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 25

    We are looking for a tracked Skid Steer. We want to use it for snow..just for small town home driveways...we figured it would do ok as it wouldn't be pushing a lot of snow at one time. We are looking at a CASE. what would u suggest. would u suggest to stay away from tracked skids for winter..we want to buy something we can use year round...and would reallly like to have tracks for spring and fall when we dont want to cause ruts or tear the crap out of lawns, and property.
  2. CAT powered

    CAT powered LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    If you're using the unit to push snow I would get a wheeled unit. The tracked one will tend to float on top of the snow instead of sinking in and grabbing traction. You could always get a VTS for it to put on during the summer when you don't want to tear up the turf.
  3. CASEBoy89

    CASEBoy89 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 25

    VTS im not sure what that is? But we do have rubber tracks that we can put on our wheeled 430 but we really dont like them as they seem to be very hard on the machine and tear the sidewalls of the tires apart...
  4. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Bridgestone has winter tracks now for the CTL's, a softer rubber which hugs ice better, now CAT/ASV has some competition.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I don't think I would want to be plowing snow with anything with tracks even steel tracks slip and slide.

    Just think you have two skis that slip and slide with 4 tires you have 4 contact patchs exerting more pressure to the ground.

    Why do you think snow mobiles have tracks to drive them they float on top of the snow.
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    I saw an advertisement for studs designed for the CTL tracks now, but I lost the website.
  7. CASEBoy89

    CASEBoy89 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 25

    yea...we just are looking into it because we would like to have a tracked skid for the warm months but dont want to buy something that cant be used year round. We are also looking into Wheeled skids but we already have four and would like to add a tracked one to the line up.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,148

    Google "Loegren VTS tracks" (that spelling is not right, but might be close enough). Sounds like the perfect fit for you.
  9. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    If you have 4 wheeled units - are they being used for snow as well? IF so, you have work to justify a 5th wheel unit? If it is maybe to help out - get a tracked unit but if it is primary snow - wheel is the better option.
  10. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 989

    I plow with my ASVs. I do not slip at all.


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