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"Larry Lugs" Revice Worn Rubber Tracks
The rubber track on a CAT/ASV skid steer may look like it's in good shape on the outside, but if too many inner lugs break off, the track becomes useless. Bair Products Inc., in Louisburg, Kan., offers bolt-on replacement lugs that solve the problem.
  "It can cost $1,400 to $2,300 for new tracks," says Tonya Bair, co-owner of the company that specializes in after market parts for CAT/ASV and MTL skid loaders. Her father, Larry, invented "Larry Lugs" which are made out of a tough composite material.
  The individual lugs can be installed with the track on or off. You grind off the remainder of the broken lug. Center the template that comes with the lugs over the area and use a 1/2-in. drill bit to drill holes at a 90-degree angle. Place the lug's washers on the outside of the track and alternately torque the bolts until the bolt heads are 3/16 to 1/4-in. embedded in the tracks.
  "Each only takes about 10 minutes to install," Bair says. Once installed the durable lugs extend the life of the track. And they outlast it.
  "The great thing about Larry Lugs is that when the track becomes unusable, you can remove the lugs and reuse them on another track," Bair says.
  Larry Lugs sell for $20 each, with volume discounts. They are available at CAT/ASV dealerships and at Bair Products, Inc.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bair Products Inc., 2785 West 247th St., Louisburg, Kan. 66053 (ph 913 947-3934; www.bairproducts.com).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3