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Caterpillar snow and ice tracks

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1 month 1 week ago #231301 by Rickoshay
Can anyone educate me on caterpillar's "snow and ice" tracks? I realize that the description speaks for itself but I was wondering how they hold up in plain ol' dirt. This tractor will only be used twice a year for "entertainment purposes only" at an outdoor show and it will probably never operate in snow or ice again. 

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1 month 1 week ago #231306 by neil
I'd love to see a video of a D2 with ice pads pulling something heavy on ice, with a close-up of the pads as they come round and bite into the ice. I don't think I've seen that anywhere on the web. There're plenty of videos of wider shots of tractors running round pushing snow and such but I haven't seen anything hi-resolution into ice

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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1 month 1 week ago #231337 by Bmr
Replied by Bmr on topic Caterpillar snow and ice tracks
  I have a PL twenty with ice pads on it I've seen no issues using it year round other than it's very hard on the wife's lawn
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1 month 1 week ago #231338 by Rickoshay
Thanks for the reply Bmr. My tracks are a lot different: each individual shoe has a square hole in the center where the drive sprocket teeth ride. This design exposes the sprocket teeth to dirt/rock as opposed to snow. Accelerated wear?  

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1 month 6 days ago #231344 by neil
Hi Jon, I thought that ice pads had a spike in the middle to improve penetration?

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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1 month 6 days ago #231346 by Bmr
Replied by Bmr on topic Caterpillar snow and ice tracks
Yes Neil at one point they did but many years of use has worn them down

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1 month 6 days ago #231352 by kittylover123
Rickoshay,

if you mean plain ol' dirt that is mostly loose, like clay and topsoil....i think that would be easy on them...and depending what you are doing, actually working it or whatever...

-my guess is snow easiest, then dirt/clay, then sand, rock, shale of any kind...maybe some other materials too
-bet there's thousands of dozers out there that have zero undercarriage that putt along fine because of running on snow, dirt, or the wife's lawn...

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1 month 6 days ago #231358 by Ray54
I would think at shows you will get more people up close to look at the ice and snow shoes rather than more common track shoes.

As far as longevity in none abrasive soil, probably not much difference. In abrasive soil life would be much shorter for bushing.

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1 month 6 days ago #231369 by neil
The slicks I have on my 5U make it ideal for travelling on asphalt : ) Doesn't leave much of a mark on the wife's lawn either...

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Neil

Pittsford, NY

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