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Rubber Tracked Skid-Steer Loaders?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by FortSteelContra, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. FortSteelContra

    FortSteelContra Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Does anyone know how the rubber track skid-steer loaders handle on ice? Especially the ASV RC-50 or the Bobcat T190. Right now I have a wheeled Bobcat 7753 and in icy conditions I use heavy chains and it manages really well. So with a rubber track machine I worry about how it would handle on ice. Anyone have experience with rubber track skid steer equipment on ice?
  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    On Ice I bet running that would be some fun. Heres a thought why not put some screws in the tracks, like studded snow tires .
  3. mike53139

    mike53139 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    We have a ASV RC 50 for our snow removal operation. I feel that it works great once you get used to driving it on the snow and ice. You are able to climb stairs to sweep them off. We have a broom that goes on the bucket. It also is much quicker then our other Mustangs.
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    You realy want to know how they handle on Ice? Well they handle about this good. It slid down the hill .

  5. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    My dad has two rubber tracked machines (T-190 and T-250), five regular Bobcats (S-175, 2 S-250's, S-300, and a A-300) and Bobcat Versahandler V623F. We have found that the track machines are terrible on ice and questionable at best on snow. He now leaves them parked in the winter and uses the S-250, S-300 and A-300 for most of the plowing. He just got the V623F this fall, and it is surprisingly good on snow, even though we have only had about 8 inches of snow this year you wouldn't believe the stacks you can make with this thing!:D
  6. Landscape80

    Landscape80 Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    One of my excavators has a CAT track-machine and he swears by it. He plows with it during the winter (although I'm not sure if he uses studs or not, I assume that he does not) and does gradework and excavation with it in the summer. He says it was expensive, but he doesn't know how he ever got along without it.

  7. carlriv2

    carlriv2 Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 126

    I have the Polaris ASL 300 (same as the ASV RC30) It is very good in the snow. I have taken it over some very bad ice floes and it did slide quite a bit (any wheeled machine slippes just as bad). I have not yet gotten it stuck on snow or ice, I have had Bobcats stuck.....

    I also have not tried to take it near a retention pond like the picture shows... I dont doubt you could slide down a hill with ice on it, but I would not want the pond at the bottom.
  8. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    talk about the pucker factor. Slidding down the hill seeing this pond right in front of you. Luckily he didnt go that far in or he would have been in real trouble.
  9. Landscape80

    Landscape80 Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Ya know what? They should make water skis for these things! That guy would keep em' in business...just kidding, I'm sure Mr. Boss-Man got quite pissed after that one happened. Oh well, could've been worse, he could have went down a cliff. See, I'm looking at the upside! Ok, I'm rambling, and I'm done, it's getting too late.....:nod:

  10. r_river7272

    r_river7272 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    The best bet is to get a set of over-the-tire tracks for a wheeled skid. I have one from this company called McLaren. They have this diamond track that gives great traction on really muddy condition. I've yet to test them on snow (it doesn't snow here in socal) but I'm sure it'll work out great.
  11. yorkpaddy

    yorkpaddy Member
    Messages: 32

    why didn't the guy going down the hill turn his bucket straight down and push down. that should have dug in and kept him from sliding more. I guess it might be hard to think of that in the heat of the moment.