1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fold out steel tracks for tractrors and combines
The cleats are arranged in four groups, with four cleats per group. They fold out four at a time from the center of the tire. When the tracks are folded in, you're ready for road transport. A 2-ft. long tool is used to pry them out. It takes about 1 1 /2 min. per side to fold the tracks in or out. An optional system that lets you use a lever to automatically engage or disengage the cleats on-the-go is also available. The cleats never touch the tires so they won't cause any premature wear.
The amount of extra pulling power is unbelievable. In one test documented by the National Tractor Pull Association a 2-WD tractor went 99 ft. without the cleats and 158 ft. with them - a 59% increase in pulling distance. Tractors that can't move in muddy ground can walk right out when the cleats are engaged. The cleats penetrate the soil up to 5 in. deep providing a positive "lock" that results in less strain on the transmission and differential. They virtually eliminate the need for weights on the tractor..
Another advantage is that your tires should last four to five times longer. so you'll probably never have to replace tires. They can also be used with worn tires. The new tracks mount on any 2-WD, 4-WD, or front wheel assist tractors with 34, 42, or 46-in. dia. wheels. They can also be used on duals. A set of two sells for $3,850. (Everett Hauert, Dyna-Bite Traction, Inc., 19316 West Manhattan Rd., Elwood, Ill. 60421 ph 815 423-5255)
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