If you are buying skid steer machinery you may be faced with a choice of deciding between skid steer tracks vs tires. What to considering when choosing between a skid steer vs track loader? Continue reading to find out or if you are looking for skid steer machinery, check out the range of skid steer sales available online at Machinery Direct. Contact us online or give us a call on 1300 794 684 to discuss your specific job requirements and construction machinery needs.
Choosing Between Skid Steer vs Track Loader
Let us have a look at a few closer and practical comparisons of tires vs tracks skid steer choices you may need to consider when buying.
The Economics of Tracks vs Tires on Skid Steer Machinery
There are a few considerations to you might find yourself needing to pay attention to in choosing between skid steer vs track loader equipment. Namely:
- Cost – Skid steer tires are easily much cheaper that steel or rubber tracks (mind you, that depends on where and what brand you purchase them from).
- Service life – At the same time rubber tracks, with proper maintenance, can have a slightly longer service life by comparison.
- Availability – That said, usually tracks will be harder to find and source whereas tires are a common and fairly standard piece of kit that is also easy to get ahold of.
When it comes to deciding between track vs wheel skid steer machinery, consider which option would be more practical for your particular requirements and circumstances.
The Practical Aspects of Track vs Wheel Skid Steer Gear
Beyond economics there are the practical aspects of day-to-day use, job and worksite requirements in deciding between skid steer tracks vs tires.
- Terrain – although tracks can traverse more difficult terrain, they are are much slower on sealed surfaces. On flat job sites, wheels are typically far more efficient.
- Wear – Naturally, the more your machine has to travel around the job site, the greater the wear will be on its tires or tracks – whatever your equipment may be getting around on. That said, wheels wear a lot less on hard surfaces compared to track and unless you are expecting to work on extremely loose types of surface, are usually more durable and reliable in the long term.
Track vs Tires on Skid Steer? We Think Tires are the Way to Go.
Considering the practical and economic factors of both choices, at Machinery Direct we think that unless you are expecting to work on exceptionally difficult terrain or particularly loose surfaces, a classic wheel-plus-tire combination is the way to go.
At Machinery Direct, we keep a range of skid steer machines available for purchase (along with machinery financing options). Our range includes:
- WeCan 650F – a Bobcat attachment compatible skid steer.
- Ozziquip Puma – a package deal equipped with a selection of Digga attachments.
- Ozziquip Puma – an auger package deal.
- Ozziquip Puma – a fencer’s package deal.
- Ozziquip Puma – standalone deal.
If you still are not convinced by the benefits of tires vs track skid steer equipment, contact us online or give us a call on 1300 794 684 to discuss your specific job requirements and construction machinery needs. We are confident that we can supply you with the right gear, for the right job, at factory direct prices and delivered Australia wide.