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    Aftermarket vs. OME rubber tracks?

    How do the aftermarket rubber tracks hold up to OME Bobcat tracks? Looking at prices the aftermarket ones are considerably cheaper, but will they hold up as good?

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    In most cases you get what you pay for, I went the cheap way on a previous set of tracks and i will never do it again.

    I recommend to everyone I can McClaren Next Gen TDF. They are priced the same as factory tracks (on my takeuchi anyway) but performance is way better. Less vibration and more traction.

    I cant tell you just yet how many hours they will last but they are already about to double the hours of the cheap tracks. And I am so Impressed by them that any new machine I buy will have them installed before leaving the dealers lot and they can have the factory tracks back back.

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    Depends on the brand... I've learned to stay away from the re-treads, because often times you're getting stretched out tracks with new rubber on them. You'll pay about 1/2 the price, but you'll be lucky to get 2/3 the life out of them. Bridgestone and Solideal make a pretty solid track, and you may even prefer their track patterns over the standard C-bar design Bobcat went to. Bobcat went back to offering their older style, but they're even pricier.

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    That is quite a testimonial on the TDF. Most OEMs use Bridgestone as their OEM track.
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    Just happen to come across this tread, and I can also say that we've been very pleased with the McLaren tracks and solid flex tires. Well worth the money and the folks there have been really easy to work with. It's been getting hard to find quality staff at reasonable price these days, so I'm glad there are still few good companies out there.

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    Hey Gatorguy and HillBoy -- How have those McLaren tracks held up for you, relative to other tracks you've used?

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    I have a customer that installed new tracks on both T190s they own. They do concrete construction and both machine are used on the same jobsites buy the same operators. The customer was unhappy with the performance he had been receiving from the aftermarket so he bought a set of aftermarkets and a set of OEMs from Bobcat. Currently the OEMs have about 800 hrs on them and are still looking really good. The aftermarkets have about 500 on them and are looking pretty poor. They have quite a bit more wear and a ton more cuts and abrasions then the OEMs. From this point forward I will be recommending the OEMs to my customers. JJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by CEwriter View Post
    Hey Gatorguy and HillBoy -- How have those McLaren tracks held up for you, relative to other tracks you've used?

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    The McLaren tracks have held up very well - very smooth ride and an even wear. And we've recently run the machine quite heavily. I don't think we'll be buying rubber tracks from anyone else. They've won our trust and there are just few companies I can say this for. Also, our Bobcat dealer said they also run and sell McLaren tracks and the tracks are OEM approved.

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    Best tracks for you money are HiQual Brand from SRJ, Inc. 866-440-8844. OEM tracks on machines from many manufacturers. Patented S-Wave tread pattern and AVRT lug system. Best traction and lowest vibration of any track. Excellent prices as well. When you put these tracks on Bobcat T-300 you will immediately notice the difference. Smoother ride and increased traction force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cale Hand View Post
    Best tracks for you money are HiQual Brand from SRJ, Inc. 866-440-8844. OEM tracks on machines from many manufacturers. Patented S-Wave tread pattern and AVRT lug system. Best traction and lowest vibration of any track. Excellent prices as well. When you put these tracks on Bobcat T-300 you will immediately notice the difference. Smoother ride and increased traction force.
    You should just advertise on this site instead of plugging your tracks for SRJ Inc. on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cale Hand View Post
    Best tracks for you money are HiQual Brand from SRJ, Inc. 866-440-8844. OEM tracks on machines from many manufacturers. Patented S-Wave tread pattern and AVRT lug system. Best traction and lowest vibration of any track. Excellent prices as well. When you put these tracks on Bobcat T-300 you will immediately notice the difference. Smoother ride and increased traction force.
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    I picked up a set of prowler track for my mustang( tak tl130) and after 30 hours of snow pushing on them they still look new. I got the asv style lugs and they worked great in deep snow and a few times in mud 1700 shipped they were a great buy in my eyes and way better than the c pattern tracks that are useless in the mud
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    I have ZERO issues with ITR tracks.
    I have many broken, under 900 hour, OEM Bridgestones laying around.

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    I got my tracks from a Best Line branch in PA and got aftermarket tracks that were very good. About half the price of the OEM Bobcat and got the same hours!

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    When I had the POS Bobcat 864H's, we obtained AVON tracks from our Bobcat dealer. Nicest riding track we ever used. And, super durable too. AFAIK, Avon doesn't make Takeuchi tracks, or I'd have them.

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