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Aftermarket vs. OME rubber tracks?

Discussion in 'Skid Steers' started by JBGASH, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. JBGASH

    JBGASH Senior Member

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    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?
     
  2. gatorguy

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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.
     
  3. bsebastian

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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.
     
  5. HillBoy

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

    Larry
     
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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
     
  8. HillBoy

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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.
     
  9. Cale Hand

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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.
     
  10. Digdeep

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    You should just advertise on this site instead of plugging your tracks for SRJ Inc. on the forum.
     
  11. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Welcome to the Forums Cale Hand. We have some rules on this Forum and if you would, take some time familiarize yourself with them.

    http://www.heavyequipmentforums.com...Equipment-Forums-Rules-and-Posting-Guidelines

    Specifically this section -

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    This post is your freebie as I know you are affiliated with SRJ. If you would like to become a sponsor, please click the "Contact Us" tab or PM the site founder Steve Frasier. Thank you for your cooperation.

    As you can tell, our members are pretty sharp.:cool2
     
  12. cartzblown94z

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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.
     
  14. kanda

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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.
     
  16. HillBoy

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    OK, finally, I'm back on the market for Bobcat rubber tracks and back to the forums to see what's new. Here is what our McLaren TDF tracks look like after a little over 1,900 hrs; still not broken, but I expect them soon to be gone. They did their job already :notworthy: so now is my part to dig into the pocket :Banghead:Banghead
    MBL on T300 (1).jpg MBL on T300 (3).jpg MBL on T300 (5).jpg
     
  17. mclarenusa.com

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    This is a great question and it's not related to just tracks but to almost any aftermarket part. We produce rubber tracks and cushioned solid tires for both OEM and Aftermarket, and yes, there are different. Also, for the aftermarket, we have premium and economy lines, and yes, higher price, usually means higher quality. It just costs more to make something better.

    Different OEMs have different requirements - track/ tire stiffness, the way it rides with the OEM specific undercarriage, tread design, noise and vibration, rubber color (even smell!), etc., etc. in addition to the more traditional concerns about durability. Thus, most OEM tracks (and some tires) are made specifically for the machine in question and before they are put on the market there are months, sometimes years, of testing. This does not mean that all OEM products are always perfect - even the most vigorous OEM testing cannot cover all possible real field conditions and challenges; also, not all manufacturers can keep the production consistency at over 95%. But, the risk of an OEM approved product to underperform is greatly reduced; in addition, the warranties claims are much easily enforceable, as behind it stands the OEM.

    Certainly, there are many great aftermarket tracks and tires as well. The key is to know which are the good ones and are they consistently good or occasionally good. To answer, you to do your own testing - same as the OEMs do - and if you find a good supplier, stick to it. It's risky, but if you are good in your research, you can save money as the aftermarket parts are usually quite cheaper.

    I'll give you just one example of poorly made aftermarket tracks that are not made in accordance with the OEM design - I've seen many aftermarket tracks for Bobcat, CAT and JD CTLs where the rollers run over metal plates in the track with gaps between them (you can imagine how this feels and how it affect the machine); the original track design for the Bobcat, CAT and JD CTLs has an elevated continuous rubber belt, reinforced internally by steel, and the rollers run over it - a much smoother and softer ride. My suggestion is to do your homework and when you decide to buy aftermarket, know what you buy.
     
  18. CKRubbertracks

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    I strongly believe that aftermarket tracks are just as good.
     
  19. JBGASH

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    My aftermarket tracks are wore out with less than 1/2 the hours the OEM set had. I will need to replace them anytime and regret for not getting high quality, and sadly "I knew better" but cost saving got the best of my better judgement.
     
  20. hmearth

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    I had 2 sets of TDF tracks got less then half the hrs as I got out of oem tracks I'm putting my money back with oem