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Tracked skid or tire skid steer for snow plowing

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by SalNazzaro, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I'm getting a skid steer for this winter to plow with and was curious to what everyone thinks. I'm leaning towards a tracked skid over a wheel machine. At work there's only one tire skid loader and I'm always teamed up so I can pull him out when he's stuck, the tracked skids don't get stuck but i was just curious to the pros and cons of a tracked skid for the snow
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    Do a search
     
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Wheeled, I have 2 track 2 wheeled, the tracked machines aren't used in snow, they are backups, only use I've had for them in the winter is stacking. And they are only stacking if the loaders are busy or down, I use track to stack cause I can climb the pile.
     
  4. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    Track machines suck in snow !
     
  5. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I've searched and I've heard great things about tracks and bad things, from personal experience at work the only skid I have to pull out is the wheeled machine, but my boss said get a wheel machine over the tracks but I'm thinking about year round use as well
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

    Expensive to repair.

    Suck in snow. Some machines are better then others.

    The machines that do suck are marginal at best with polar tracks. Unless you HAVE a real need for one in the off season, go wheeled.
     
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

  8. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    That's what I was planning to get a set of polar tracks for it or a set of camso sd tracks, tracked would be much better for me in the off season that's why I was leaning towards a tracked machine
     
  9. 98Chevy2500

    98Chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    We run track and wheeled skids, off season work is more priority, so we make do with the tracks in the winter. So far they push pretty decent with c-lug tracks, but we also have a backhoe and/or a truck on the same lot.
     
  10. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Yea I want a tracked skid for the off season i like them a lot more than a wheeled loader, we have backhoes and rubber tire loaders on site for snow so it's not like everyone is solely deepending on my skid loader.
     
  11. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,257

    We have the SD tracks on ours and have worked great all year long.. like everyone else, it's up to your needs? I like tracks better for stability and mud/flotation during the summer or in other words more weight distribution... for us the tracks push snow just fine...
     
  12. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    That's why I love tracked machines, stability that's my biggest pro for tracks
     
  13. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,257

    Just yesterday I loaded 13 foot jersey barriers into a triaxle. At 5000lbs machine felt fine
     
  14. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Wow that's impressive, what size skid loader do you use?
     
  15. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,257

    Kubota svl90
     
  16. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Ahh I've heard a lot of good things about them but they're out of my price range!
     
  17. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,257

    Im vary kubota bias tho.. owned 6 kubota over the yrs and they have been vary reliable... I got the svl used, it's still original u/c at 1700hrs...
     
  18. 98Chevy2500

    98Chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    Nice to know on the UC....just bought a SVL75 with 700 hours on it. Little hard getting used to joysticks!
     
  19. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,257

    Funny I can't run foot controls.. tracks are so easy to clean too. One of the best features
     
  20. SalNazzaro

    SalNazzaro Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Hopefully soon I'll find one that has everything I want w low hours, looking at bobcat t300s, new holland c185s, and john Deere ct332s, I'm going tracks all the way!