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Bridgestone Polar Tracks

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Jsch2000, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Jsch2000

    Jsch2000 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I've been running a rigid frame ctl for about 8 years now. Using it with a snowblower. I know many on here have had their own experience and opinions regarding the usefulness of a rigid frame ctl for swow work. I am looking to improve the winter traction. I am not looking to stud the tracks for the reason of scaring the pavement. Bridgestone has a video that shows a comparison between their tracks and OEM's. The Polar tracks seem to do better in the snow. Has anybody tried the Bridgestone Polar tracks or any other track. If so, whats your experience with them or any tracks?
     
  2. chknman

    chknman Junior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 17

    Haven't tried the polar tracks.But we changed out the factory tracks on our Takeuchi tl230
    because it didn't have any traction in the snow.We run these now and love them in the snow.
     
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Polar Tracks Kick A$$
     
  4. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    The polar tracks are nice and work really good. I put them on in december and take them off at the end of winter. They work so good in some cases they work better then a rubber tire machine. I was so impressed it was unreal.
     
  5. stoneexc2

    stoneexc2 Member
    Messages: 44

    we run a set on our T870 and it is night and day difference
     
  6. exclusive

    exclusive Member
    Messages: 91

    are they good with hills and inclines
     
  7. Jsch2000

    Jsch2000 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    The guys that are running Polar tread, are you running the narrow or wide tracks. Do you have an opinion which give better traction or dose it not matter?
     
  8. greywynd

    greywynd PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,343

    If you're using them strictly for snow, go narrow, assuming you're on pavement all the time. It increases your ground pressure, and in turn, the traction you have for pushing. Night and day difference with polar tracks versus regular tracks.
     
  9. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    I have been using Solideal B-pattern tracks on my TL130 for a couple winters now. A great improvement over the stock treads.....and a great track all year too.
     
  10. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I didnt know polar track offered a wide or narrow track for each machine? :confused:

    I agree polar tracks make a night & day difference. I wouldnt run a solid mount track machine without them. But when talking tracks, I've found rubber compound and contact area trump higher psi. Hence why ASV's do so well with stock setup(lowest psi in industry btw...i think??), they have tons of contact area compared to similar sized machines, a VERY soft rubber compound, and somewhat of a suspension to keep consistant contact.....or a large frame Bobcat (ex - T300) gets much better traction than a T190 when running stock tracks (T300 has less psi, but much more surface area).

    So if Polar Track offered a wide or narrow option (which i'm pretty sure they dont)....I would be willing to bet that my T190 would do even better with a set that was 2in wider(similar sized to the factory "wide" track option). The polars I have on now are similar sized to my factory tracks.
     
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
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    From what I've experienced, this is the best option for Tak owners....considering they dont make polars for Taks.
     
  12. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,736

    Which I find weird, I see they offer the correct size tracks for the Tak 130/230 sized machines but I can't see anywhere that says they have an application for them.

    To me not offering snow tracks for the tak machines is something that should be addressed. There's enough guys out there with the machines to use them I'm sure. Maybe if this was 2004 and the Tak track machines were still kinda new and there wasn't much of a presence in the ctl world yet it could be understandable. But it's 2012, there's plenty of them out there now that the snow tracks would sell for them.
     
  13. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I agree Mark.....and the "block" style tracks I've seen come stock on most Taks seem to be the worst tracks for snow work.
     
  14. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    We are using a 2011 Tak TL250 with stock tracks, I will report back on how it goes - good bad or ugly
     
  15. icudoucme

    icudoucme Senior Member
    Messages: 349

  16. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    One thing I have heard is that they are a little softer and would probably be a good idea to only run them in the winter. I don't know how long they would last during the summer when you are using it. I would recommend just running in the winter and then swapping out.
     
  17. catdozer

    catdozer Junior Member
    from s.w Mi
    Messages: 1

    has anyone ever used polar tracks on a T190,T250, T300? how well are they on ice? we switched to all track machines last year cause of summer work so need to fix the problem of not having enough traction climbing piles
     
  18. Jsch2000

    Jsch2000 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I thought I would bring this thread back to life with a new winter season approaching. I was at Nortrax Deere dealer in New Hampshire earlier this year. At the parts counter they had a small sign display from Solideal/Camoplast. It was for their new snow track. Basically it's the same as their tread pattern B. The track with the zig zag pattern rubber cross bars. What was different was they had slice cuts through the zig zag cross treads. Cuts were made inline with the direction of the track's travel. The parts counter guy had no additional information. I haven't been able to find any information online as of yet. Was wondering if anybody has any knowledge or experience with them?
     
  19. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

  20. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
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