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Tracks For Your Skid Steer

The number of new rubber- tracked skid steers on the market has grown significantly in the past couple of years. They offer improved traction and floatation, but their price tags can be a lot higher than traditional wheeled versions.

If you’re looking for better traction, putting tracks on your wheeled machine is a cheaper alternative than buying new. Wisconsin-based Components Plus sells a relatively inexpensive steel retrofit track system designed for just that application. They showed it to the public at Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta in January. “For a 10-by- 16.5, the most common tire size, the regular (track) price is US$1,162.71,” says Sue Wagner, from the company’s customer service department.

Components Plus offers three different track widths; 10-, 12-and 14-inches, which can accommodate tire tread widths ranging from nine to 12.25 inches. The tracks use high carbon, Marbain heat-treated steel for a long wear life. “Marbain is a patented heat treatment process,” says Wagner.

The tracks are easy to install and can be quickly taken off if necessary. “The first time you put them on it takes about half an hour,” she says. “ But once you have them adjusted it’s only about 15 minutes after that.”

The company regularly ships to Canada. “We can normally get it (an order) out the same day. Normal delivery time to Canada is about three to four days.”

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