2Plus Skid Steer Tracks

Skid steer tracks were first made to help the tough skid steer loader from getting stuck in extremely soft terrain like sand, wet mud and clay, and loose gravel. As agile as the skid loader is in every other condition, from pavement and hard-packed dirt, to turf and hills, the four-wheel configuration becomes a miniature bulldozer with the addition of quality skid steer tracks.

The 2 Plus skid steer tracks from Skid Steer Solutions are a different type of track. Firstly, these tracks are half the weight of the previous product. As a result of a super-hardening process, the steel in 2 Plus tracks are every bit as tough and durable as their predecessors, but the lower weight takes a significantly lower toll on the drivetrain of the skid steer loader.

And it makes these tracks easier to install. 2 Plus skid steer tracks ship with an easy installation tool, and require only one person to put them on the machine. Prior track configurations required two installers to crank the bolts tight once the tracks were in place, but the 2 Plus system requires less effort overall.

An important thing to do before taking delivery of the 2 Plus skid steer track system is to measure your machine. It is crucial, even with the 10” set, that the tracks clear both the frame and the boom of the skid steer loader. If there is less than 3 inches of clear space between the frame and the skid steer tire’s sidewall, it will be necessary to either flip your reversible rims or to buy and install wheel spacers, to avoid track contact with the frame.

The boom spacing also needs to be measured. Boom spacers are available as well, if there is less than 2 inches of space to accommodate the 2 Plus skid steer tracks. These considerations coupled with the price of the 2 Plus skid steer tracks system are nothing compared to the benefits of making your skid steer loader virtually invincible no matter the terrain or weather conditions.

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Rubber Skid Steer Tracks: When Do I Need Them?

Skid steer tracks might seem superfluous, especially if you spend a lot of time with tires on flat, dry surfaces. It’s easy to forget how muddy and slippery it can get in spring, when the snow has melted and the rain comes. Some days, it’s as though the whole Earth has turned to mud.

There are essentially three types of skid steer tracks available: steel, rubber, and urethane. And while each has its pros and cons, you will find that among these OTT, or over-the-tire skid steer tracks, the most versatile is the Solideal rubber track set. They come in single lug increments of 26 to 34, and are either 10 or 12 inches in size.

Rubber OTT tracks offer a truly enhanced tracking experience over the standard skid steer wheel-set. They still allow for the perfect pivoting that skid steer machines are famous for, but in wet, grainy sand and everything but the steepest, slickest goo that the earth and the weather can dish out, rubber tracks are life-savers.

They can also be used in all of the residential areas that steel skid steer tracks cannot: they are harmless to sidewalks and drives, and perform even better than stock wheels on grassy areas as the weight of the machine is distributed over a larger contact area.

As mentioned, no one track system out-performs another on every task. Each has its own strengths and each shines in a different set of applications. All of the varieties, however, are similar in one area: any set of skid steer tracks that you choose for your machine adds a bit of width to the wheel and height from the ground.

So when fitting the appropriate set of tracks, it is vital that you observe the necessary tolerances all the way around. With a little bit of logic and planning, rubber skid steer tracks might be one of the smartest investments a skid steer owner can make.

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Your Washington Skid Steer Loader is a Multi-Trick Pony

The Washington skid steer salt, sand, seed, and fertilizer-ready material spreaders are ideal for new housing developments and other commercial landscaping applications where grass seed and fertilizer is needed throughout the year. And they can be used for large spaces or small. But they are also perfect for spreading ice melter, sand and salt.
Having a Washington skid steer loader for a snow removal job is one thing, but with the material spreader, a skid steer operator could offer an extra service and apply ice melt and a layer of sand or salt for safety. A complete job done well, all year round, with one Washington skid steer loader.

The side-shooter is great if the Washington skid steer owner needs to spread seed or broadcast sand or salt (or some other material), but may want to avoid driving on the treated surface with the. The larger of each material spreader holds just a little bit more than a cubic yard of granulate, while the smaller unit’s capacity can hold just a hair under a yard of material. They are all made with sturdy, high-quality steel, and each spreader unit has been engineered and built to withstand years and years of hard labor.

All of the necessary hoses are included as part of the package, and the only optional items are the hydraulic couplers for each particular machine, and if the owner wishes, he or she can request that the manual gate valve be upgraded to incorporate hydraulic control. Apparently, some materials, like calcium chloride, flow quickly enough out the chute that a more delicate control mechanism is required. These hydraulic controls also let the Washington skid steer loader operator control everything from the cab with a light touch of a lever.

One of the most useful features about this multi-material spreader is that it is constructed of materials that are tough enough to allow the Washington skid steer loader driver to actually scoop the granulated salt, sand, seed or feed right up with the attachment. There is no need to shovel everything by hand, or load it with a separate bucket attachment (and then disconnect the bucket and reconnect the spreader) to load it. An especially useful feature for those Washington skid steer owners who use the spreader frequently, the scooping spreader does cost a bit more money than some other salt, sand, seed and fertilizer spreaders for the Washington skid steer.

But this spreader attachment, with its myriad standard features and convenient options saves a Washington skid steer owner a lot of time and can be used all year round. Rather than storing it in the shed during the off-season (whichever season that is), you can keep it in your regular rotation of go-to tools.

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Your Washington Skid Steer Needs Track Cleats

Washington skid steer owners are getting ready for winter, just like everyone else who suffers from sub-freezing temperatures around the country.

Inevitably, the weather will get colder, wherever you are, as snow and ice move into the region and lock down the earth for the winter months. It is then that even the most dependable car, truck, and, yes, Washington skid steer, will fail to keep its grip. Snow chains are a familiar sight on passenger vehicles, but even construction and landscaping equipment, as tenacious as those machines might be, are frequently in need of better grip.

Snow chains have been used on road vehicles for decades, and come in lots of different designs and styles. The snow chains made for the Washington skid steer are no different. They are made of heavy duty steel, and are essentially sprung chain grips wrapped tightly around each individual wheel. The chain links themselves are an integral part of the design and function, holding the mechanism to each wheel, as well as providing external grip on any icy driving surface.

Snow chains do an excellent job keeping a Washington skid steer on track, if it is machine shod with standard tires. The chains are not the right solution at all for a Washington skid steer with tracks. For a tracked Washington skid steer, snow cleats will give the tracks superior bite.

Terra-Bytes are true Washington skid steer snow cleats. At 18-inches wide, their high-strength steel mechanisms come in sets of 36, 48, and 54. Once installed on the tracks of the Washington skid steer, hilly terrain that would otherwise be impassable is no longer a problem. Slick conditions that would once have kept the Washington skid steer tracks from really biting in under load are not a threat.

Terra-Bytes skid steer snow cleats are clamped onto the skid steer tracks at even intervals. On the outer section are ice bolt-spikes that drastically improve grip in frozen winter conditions. And also on each cleat is a deeply-recessed center channel that not only provides traction in thick muddy terrain, but provides a softer, flexible ride over hard surfaces.

Chains or cleats, it’s your choice. But this winter, both of these solutions will get you and your Washington skid steer out of some sticky situations

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Your Illinois Skid Steer Needs Tracks

Your Illinois skid steer is going to need some skid steer tracks this winter. Winter weather means slippery streets, driveways, walkways, and parking lots. Anywhere that cars, trucks, and humans need to go will inevitably get some snow and ice. Once an Illinois skid steer owner knows what the weather is going to dish out, it is just a matter of choosing the best tracks for the job.

STEEL

Steel skid steer tracks offer the most grip. These skid steer tracks come with individual bar links, and as such, steel tracks find their way deep into the wet slush, deep snow and muddy soil, and can get even the largest Illinois skid steer loader out of the slickest predicaments. The Illinois skid steer does its best work in the tightest spots where conventional trucks, tractors, and machinery cannot go.

But steel skid steer tracks, for the very same reasons, cause the most damage to terrain. So they might not be the best choice when plowing snow or working in residential areas where the lawns and drives might be obscured by snowy drifts.

STAMPED STEEL

Stamped steel Illinois skid steer tracks are flat profile tracks that are perfect for providing maximum grip in established yards. They are general, all-purpose landscaping tracks that an Illinois skid steer owner can fit to the machine without worrying about tearing up grass and dirt beneath the snow drifts, and without worrying about crossing over concrete driveways and walkways.

RUBBER

For a finished home with concrete walks and a driveway, certainly avoid the use of steel tracks. Rubber tracks that can be added to your Illinois skid steer machine are a smart choice.

In the mud, slush and snow, rubber OTT tracks for your skid steer loader offer a truly enhanced tracking experience over the standard skid steer wheel-set. They still allow for the perfect pivoting that the skid steer loader is famous for, and are sufficient to handle slick, snowy, and even hilly conditions. They are not as aggressive as their steel counterparts, so they’re better to use on nicer surfaces.

This winter, your skid steer loader need not be put away awaiting warm weather. With the right set of OTT skid steer tracks (and maybe a heater in the cab!), the coldest part of the year might also be the best.

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Turn Your Ohio Skid Steer Into an Outdoor Forklift

An Ohio skid steer has hundreds of different jobs, thanks to the many different attachments available. The skid steer bucket is definitely number one. But what many people don’t realize is that the next most popular Ohio skid steer attachment is the pallet fork.

Not indoors, however. Even though the versatile, bullet-proof Ohio skid steer can go most anywhere, a diesel-powered skid loader would not be approved for use inside a warehouse, doing the work of a traditional forklift, because of issues with the exhaust fumes. That’s why, as cool as a skid steer loader is, there are just a few places you can’t take it. But take the whole rig outside to an outdoor construction site, and the pallet fork attachments will do what no forklift can.

The eTerra pallet fork will achieve all of the regular lifts that a traditional forklift can, and are as strong and heavy duty as their warehouse counterparts. It will bring block to a new foundation. It will carry bricks up a muddy driveway. It will bring carpet rolls to the front door of a new construction home. It will cradle almost anything that can be attached to a pallet in its formidable fork arms. And because they would be attached to a Ohio skid steer, they will be traversing the nastiest conditions to deliver it.

Typically, pallet fork attachments for the Ohio skid steer will only reach about 10 feet up, but a telescopic pallet fork attachment will raise your palletized supplies up to 16 feet. The pallet fork, however, does more than just transport building supplies. Skid steer operators are always finding new and innovative uses for the pallet fork attachment. The pallet fork has been called “the poor man’s grapple,” because, though it is comparatively inexpensive, it can been used for digging up everything from landscaping bushes to boulders and stumps.

The skid steer loader can be (and is) turned into an adaptable outdoor forklift every day. And since a good, used Ohio skid steer costs about the same as a good, used, dedicated indoor forklift, there really is no reason to pass up either the standard or telescopic forklift attachments when outfitting your Ohio skid steer.

Really, now. Take it outside, people.

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