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Re: Tire chains vs ARPS half Tracks
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I had a chance a few days ago to try a tracked 8n on a variety of snow conditions. It was a lot of fun and I was impressed by how smooth and well the setup worked, but I cannot image they would be any better for plowing snow than chains. The tracks offer more flotation so they are better at keeping the tractor from sinking in to deep snow, muck or sand, but when plowing snow you are usually pavement or frozen gravel and want to be running on the cleared road or driveway, not a foot above. They are also not a perfect solution because the front wheels are left stock, so the front end has less floatation, and the front wheels are not up to the job of steering, requiring a lot of footwork. Some users of these machines, like Edmund Hillary when he drove a tracked TEA20 to the South Pole, found necessary to extend the tracks so they ran around the front wheel too, and use just the brakes for steering.
That said, I'd still love to have a set - and a v-plow to go with them!
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