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Author Topic: Forwarder Tracks  (Read 991 times)

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Offline mike_belben

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2017, 12:41:07 PM »
Would rebar inside the track bar help with traction and take up some slack?  Ive seen it done on doodlebugs with good result.

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2017, 09:38:56 PM »
On the big forwarders, the cross bars get where they keep breaking. Then I call the boss and ask for a new set. The old forwarder tracks then get run on a Harvester, where life is much easier for a track.
Can I ask why an old forwarder track would go on a harvester?

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2017, 07:17:40 AM »
The harvester does see near the miles or abuse on the tracks. They are generally just crawling along in the woods instead of running back and forth to the woods loaded up at full speed.

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2017, 12:21:26 PM »
What Chevy said. Harvester tracks don't endure the abuse that forwarder tracks do. Picture the BuffaloKing with 20 tons of wood piled on it running over a 16" stump. Another example, one of our contract harvesters tracks accidentally got installed on one of our forwarders for a few weeks before the mistake was caught, he wasn't happy because his tracks got stretched way out.
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2017, 08:41:29 PM »
Interesting  idea I'd figure you'd want both to be aggressive especially out here where the ground is steep.


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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2017, 12:30:52 PM »
Thanks guys for all the help, probably gonna try welding new caulks on a few cross bars and see how they hold up
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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2017, 03:02:43 PM »
Those tracks are clapped

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Re: Forwarder Tracks
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2017, 05:26:57 PM »
Harvesters typically have an easier time climbing than forwarders, so we focus the traction aids on the forwarders. The problem with tracks, is the tires spinning inside them. Adding the "caulks" doesn't really aid forward traction, it's when making turns that they make a difference, especially on ice.
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