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Mattracks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by basheroffroad, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. basheroffroad

    basheroffroad Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I'm just getting into plowing and I was wondering if anyone is running Mattracks on a plow truck and how well they perform. I am looking into getting a set for my rig and would like some info on their performance before I make a financial commitment of of this size. anyone not familiar with Mattracks can check out their website at www.mattracks.com
    any ideas or info would be appreciated.
     
  2. hillmin

    hillmin Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    You might want to give the board an example of just where you will be plowing. In my 20+years experience plowing, I've never seen anyone using them to plow commercially.
     
  3. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    When plowing you need to be able to maneuver around alot. All the vehicles I have seen with mattracks will go anywhere but don't turn like ones with tires. Unless you are doing some serious plowing of some fierce terrain I cannot imagine you needing tracks.
     
  4. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    What about getting to and from jobs? They aren't legal on the roads are they?
     
  5. biggtruck

    biggtruck Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Dude!!!! Those things are like $$15,000 or something. Crazy $$$$$
     
  6. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    I remember seen a guy somewhere in WV with a set on a Chevy 3500. He said he had some gravel roads and driveways he plowed that were straight up according to him. He had a 8' fisher and V box spreader on it. He did stay he burns up a power steering pump every year.
     
  7. basheroffroad

    basheroffroad Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    thanks

    thanks for the help and yes they are street legal in PA as long as you can have studs you can have tracks or atleast thats what I heard.
     
  8. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    they are a sweet setup but do cost around 20k, they can be set up to turn tighter, the cheapest way would be to run a cable to activat the e-brake seperatly for each tire. or you could run a hydraulic setup.
     
  9. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Why ????
    For plowing snow? LOL
    I think a dedicated set of winter snow tires and rims would be a wee bit cheeper and probally pay for themselves too. It would be awfully tuff to actually make money and pay off a set of those. I guess if you had mountain driveways straight up a 70 degree incline, and they paid 500 a push you might be able to pay them off in about 10 or 15 years. :rolleyes:
    Todd
     
  10. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    I drove several vehicles with them while working for the Government in some National Parks. I would think that the only people who could afford them would be government agencies. All of the vehicles drove like bulldozers, not much turning in tight area's. I would NOT recommend them for plowing, maybe with a truck mounted snow blower though. For what you would spend on the track setup and a truck mounted snowblower you could probably buy 4 or 5 brand new plow trucks or maybe a small fleet of used trucks...better off buying a used single axle 4x4 Oshkosh with a plow than buying the tracks, might be about the same price... :cry:
     
  11. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Jeeezzzz...

    what do you budget for those. 5k/yr over 4 yrs?
     
  12. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Are you kidding? for $20K you could buy a small dozer or a wheel loader with a blade!!
    If you have enough snow that you can;t get traction with tires you need a bigger truck, that's all. Going from a Chevy 3500 to a Kodiak/F550-650 for example- or even the ultimate- a Walter Snow fighter. I have a friend in north West Maine up on a mountain- he keeps the logging roads (the only way in) open with a Unimog and 10 foot snowblower or the small Dozer if it comes down too heavy too quick.

    You know the old addage- If all else faile get a bigger hammer!
     
  13. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    those would have looked sweet on my honda civic