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Anyone try these snow tires?

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JF in CT

12-27-2012 11:41:29




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How do these not fall off?




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bill mart

12-27-2012 16:05:19




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
still in prototype stage,not for sale yet according to website. Bill



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JRSutton

12-27-2012 16:00:57




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
pretty cool - if you look closely, looks like there's some kind of linkage going to the hub on each wheel to hold them on.



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Mark - IN.

12-27-2012 15:56:36




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
Gosh, I hope the guy that came up with that makes Billion$ or even Trillion$. But, he had better hurry before the Chinese copy them and start selling them at Harbor Freight.

I like them.

Mark



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Errin OH

12-27-2012 15:37:20




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
I wouldn't want to go bouncing through something but I am guessing its no different than being stuck in a hole. If the track grips and the tire tries to ride off, out of, the track once it rides up on a roller it starts slipping so it doesn't spit the track out and the other three pull you along.

Did you notice the limiter chains are on the back? He has the truck in reverse to get forward motion. I bet he had that thing wound out to go that fast.

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bill mart

12-27-2012 16:07:22




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to Errin OH, 12-27-2012 15:37:20  
agree with ray,looks like wheels are turning forward to go forward. Bill



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RayP(MI)

12-27-2012 15:59:18




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to Errin OH, 12-27-2012 15:37:20  
Doesn't show well, but I think the wheels are turning rollers which in turn turn the tracks. It is difficult to really determine on video because of the stroboscope effect of the camera shutter, but if you look real careful when he's just crawling, it looks like the wheels are running forward when the track is going forward.

The units are attached by a turnbuckle to a hub on the center of the wheel, and there were chains on the inside - probably to keep the assembly on.

One advantage, is that the truck has about a foot more clearance before the bottom drags. Son found out the hard way when he tried to go down the lane the other day. When you're sitting on the drift with all four hanging off, you're in trouble. Took a pretty good effort for the old Massey to drag him back off!

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Old Harv

12-27-2012 15:27:16




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
There are some 4 wheelers around here with them on. There is also a JD 6420 4wd with tracks like that on it around. A 4wheeler with those tracks on is about double in price compared to wheels. I have seen a truck with them on as well. From what I have heard they work great in swamp and snow but are high maintenance.



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jm.

12-27-2012 14:33:18




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
Google something like Mattracks.. Have had a little experience with them on different off road units. Some have worked out well and some were no so so. I think they are considered the leader in this market .



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tomtirediron

12-27-2012 13:09:21




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
This is neighbors rig. He's retired and guides more or less for a hobby. He says it floats on snow pretty well. It sets at the lake edge and isn't driven anywhere but on the lake. I could see it putting some serious hurt on the driveline if run for miles and miles.



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tomtirediron

12-27-2012 13:11:11




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to tomtirediron, 12-27-2012 13:09:21  

try again



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showcrop

12-27-2012 14:52:24




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to tomtirediron, 12-27-2012 13:11:11  
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I saw a lot of that type around Yellowstone Park. They transport people, groceries, I even saw an ambulance equipped that way.



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Clodbuster

12-27-2012 13:07:59




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
I think they are hooked to a bearing on the truck's hub area, the tires are each "clamped" with rollers, and there are limiting chains too. Looks like fun!



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Notjustair

12-27-2012 12:59:26




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
Those would scare the dickens out of me. I'm sure they have been tested and all, but I imagine about 13 different ways that could go wrong. I have seen similar things on old Ford tractor ads and thought it seemed cool. It takes on a whole new dimension when you put that on a vehicle that goes faster than 10 miles an hour.

There are certain feelings you can't explain other than to say it causes your rear end to pucker. This would be one of those times.

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Bob/Ont

12-27-2012 12:11:58




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 Re: Anyone try these snow tires? in reply to JF in CT, 12-27-2012 11:41:29  
They are attached, they just didn't show the hooking up. Don't give much flotation and might not have much service life either.
Later Bob



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