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Plowing with track machines

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NW Snow Removal, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    I had a little problem a few years ago with one of these because I thought it packed the snow in some cases and may have had us need more salt. We always prefer 4wd skids because they drive faster. We are paying him by the job so time really isn't a factor and the guy we have for the job is confident the track machine will be fine. Any thoughts?
  2. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    A good operator can use a tracked with little problems IMO. Like you stated, it is easier to get on top of the snow and cause hard pack though due to the low ground pressure. I prefer a tired machine any day, but I do know of people successfully using tracked machines in their operation.
  3. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    it all depends on what type of tracked machine you will be using.

    a ctl- non suspended undercarriage with staggered block treads tend to not do well unless they have polar tracks installed.

    an mtl- suspended undercarriages with multibar tracks do very well. 2 companies: Cat & ASV make mtl machines. any cat machine where the last digit is a 7 is an mtl (9's are ctl) look up youtube videos of asv's in the snow. i have an asv and it does great.
  4. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,129

    We are having a cat 257 delivered this morning. We needed another skid for the winter and needed a track machine for summer so this was the coice. Not the best but does well in the snow.
    Also good for pushing back piles and getting snow back off lots because of its ability to float ontop of piles. We do a fair amount of extra work with this.
  5. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i would think it would be a problem, if you end up using more salt becasaue his machine packs the snow, then make a different pay arrangement. just make sure to tell him to have some 2x12 with him , and park the machine on those if hes leaving it on site, the tracks can freee to the ground
  6. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    do you know which one a bobcat 864 is?
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    ctl ................
  8. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    crap. GRRRRRRR