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Track bobcat , will it push snow ?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Superior L & L, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    We recently added a bobcat t-590 to our fleet, wondered if anyone has anything good or bad to say about pushing snow with a track machine. It would stay at a site and it will only have short distance runs
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    Search around the site, it's been covered many times.

    Short answer: with the factory tracks, no it will be very poor in the snow.
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    We run a T190(what the T590 replaces). With reg tracks it did ok with an 8ft pusher, especially if the pusher has a floating hitch design of sorts. Put polar tracks on it and you can run a 10ft pusher. With polar tracks on a T190/590, it will out push S250 size wheel machines with reg lug tires, easily.
  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I know you & I have discussed this Mark, but Tak machines oem block tracks are even worse than the C tracks most BC's come with(for snow work).
  5. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I used one last year, stock tracks. Great for stacking piles higher, but boy did it suck on ice. Snow wasn't SO bad, but definately missed the toolcat I was used to using. Get the aftermarket tracks, and you'll be ok though.
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    I did forget that some (maybe all?) of the BC's have those C pattern tracks as opposed to my Tak that has the big blocks. I'm hoping to throw some Camoplast B pattern tracks on it for next season.
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Spot on right here, ice or hard pack good luck!
  8. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    It wont matter if it has tires or tracks, both will suck on ice unless your using some sort of stud system or chains.
  9. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    They all suck on ice, but tires are noticeably better.
  10. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    You could have gotten that machine with the snow tracks. Not the polar but the grooved snow tracks, they are now offered as a bobcat option. I almost bought a 2013 590 but they don't have 2 speed unlike new holland track machines
  11. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Exactly, because you have more weight on less surface area.
  12. blmland

    blmland Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I've ran studded tracks for @ 6 years. Works great, but chews up asphalt and concrete. So I grooved my tracks several years ago. I have since grooved many tracks (and tires) for other companies. Grooving them makes them as good, if not better than tire machines.
    If your tracks are near wore out, it can gain you some more hours of use.
    Grooving runs @ $300 for the pair.
  13. Gr8WhiteNorth

    Gr8WhiteNorth Senior Member
    Messages: 211

    We bought 2 CAT multi terrain track loaders for our snow routes and they work great. After renting a compact track loader, I'm glad we spent the time researching. Compact track loader was terrible. It couldn't push anything.
  14. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,896

    They are great on non iced surfaces. Ice causes them to lose traction quickly.
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Those look like some mean tracks.
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,419

    Color me stupid, but trucks suck on ice as well, so I'm not really sure that saying a tracked Bobcat sucks on ice should be a great revelation to anyone.

    Like Rick said, they all suck. Trucks, loaders, tractors, skidsteers, etc. Chains or studs are the only solution for good traction in ice.
  17. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    That is, until you groove the tires.........