Skid steer vs Ctl plowing

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Drewster2016, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Drewster2016

    Drewster2016 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I’m looking for people who plow with tracked machines vs wheeled machines with plows.
    Need a machine to plow some long gravel driveways, some smallish hills as well.
    What would you recommend?

    thanks
     
  2. m_ice

    m_ice 2000 Club Member
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    Whichever 1 you have the most use for on the summer
     
  3. leigh

    leigh PlowSite Veteran
    from CT
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    :popcorn:
     
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  4. p0wd3rp1l0t

    p0wd3rp1l0t Junior Member
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    i cant speak for tracked machines, but if you decide to get a wheeled machine, make sure you invest in some snow tires. plowing with dirt tires is the absolute worst
     
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  5. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
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    I'm guessing the search function is broken?
     
  6. OP
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    Drewster2016

    Drewster2016 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I did a search, but most people are plowing parking lots. It’s a toss up on wheel vs tracked. not sure how either would do on gravel.
     
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    My vote is for the tracked machine.
     
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  8. m_ice

    m_ice 2000 Club Member
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    Why?
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Because
     
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  10. Powderman

    Powderman Junior Member
    from 02420
    Messages: 6

    I use a bobcat with tire chains on the rear and even if the tires are bald it will plow through anything.
     
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Including asphalt?
     
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  12. Powderman

    Powderman Junior Member
    from 02420
    Messages: 6

    Yes, very little if any noticeable scarring on asphalt.
     
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,203

    A tracked machine can do everything a wheeled machine can do plus work in the mud. With the right tracks, the tracked machine will outplow a wheeled machine and give the operator a smoother ride while doing it.

    I know I am basing this on a 3 year lease, so I don't have any undercarriage repairs out of pocket but I hated our S250 while we had it. Power to weight is different on the T650 but it's worth it.
     
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  14. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Didn’t that guy from over yonder say Cat was the greatest thing ever. And no machine would ever be as good as a Cat.


    Whatever happened to that fella...
     
  15. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Wanna bet...

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  16. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
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    I will disagree here. Maybe in snow they can.

    But in mud or feed lots in the winter... tracks suck. Yes, you can work the day, but the next morning, when you need a weed burner and a pick axe to get the thing to move again... I will take my wheel machines.

    Also, turning tight areas in 3" stone. Wheeled machines can do it all day long. Track machines get the rocks bound in tracks and leave you stuck if you cant prop the machine to clear the stones.
     
  17. leigh

    leigh PlowSite Veteran
    from CT
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    I was going to stay out of this ,but I'll wade in ! I'm getting my thoughts together, I'll be back .
     
  18. central #2

    central #2 Member
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    I have both track and tire. I would only use tracks were needed to reduce costs. Tires are cheaper than a bottom on a track machine. Just my opinion for what its worth.
     
  19. Broncslefty7

    Broncslefty7 2000 Club Member
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    tires are faster, but some guys swear by tracks. I can’t see constant vibration from the asphalt being great for the undercarriage. I am shopping 249D’s so I guess I’ll be able to compare next winter.