STEEL PRICES RISE:
The carbon steel market is poised to grow by 699.35 MT during 2020-2024 progressing at a CAGR of almost 8% during the forecast period." (Source: Business Wire)
This is what we are seeing all across the industry; day after day new emails from vendor's telling us that their prices are rising, every order we make for materials needs to be revised because the last price is no longer valid, and for good reason. The cost of steel materials has been steadily increasing throughout 2020, and it unfortunately has not slowed into 2021. The reduced capacities of companies in this industry due to Covid-19 health and safety regulations continues to have an impact. As a result, we are forced to increase our list pricing for 2021 and add a steel surcharge to off-set the rising costs that is projected to continue this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have on our close and prospective customers. We we will do what we can to keep our prices low when the opportunities are found, but right now we are left with little options.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
JORDEN LEIB, VICE PRESIDENT OF SKID STEER SOLUTIONS
Eterra 2PLUS Series Steel Tracks - 12" - Wide
The Eterra 2Plus Series Steel Tracks 12" Wide for skid steers are ideal for rough terrain and muddy conditions.
The price listed is for our standard tracks designed for skid steer machines with 12 x 16.5" tires. Your actual tread width can vary between 11-1/4"+. This is an important measurement because many 12" tires are not actually 12" wide. It is worth the effort to measure your actual tire width to ensure that the tracks do not drift from side to side if they are too wide or that they are too tight and can damage your sidewalls.
Over a decade ago we worked with a steel manufacturer to design and offer a lower cost alternative to the larger and heavier tracks that were normally found at the time. It paid off as these have been the most successful tracks that we have ever sold. They are great for operations where you need more flotation. Wet & soupy mud is not a problem. They are designed to have a life expectancy of 1000 - 1500 hours depending on how corrosive and abrasive the material is that you are running in. They are made from a high temper marbain material which makes them very strong, long wearing and light. Most customers put less than 200 hours per year on their machines so you will get at least 5 years of use out of these steel skid steer tracks. They are not rebuildable. When they have reached their life cycle, they are meant to be recycled.
The only operations that they do not perform well in are ice and steep clay type terrain. As they do not have side grousers, if you get onto icy slopes that angle to the side, they will have a tendancy to have you skate in that direction. On steep slippery hillsides, because of the flotation, they can allow you to slide forward. If you work in this type of terrain, you would want our Eterra Bar Traxx. They have a lot more traction and less floatation. What is great about the smoother track style is that you can cross over grass and driveways. They will leave a mark, but not do any permanent damage.
These, as with other over the tire style tracks need to be sized for your machine by ensuring proper clearances and tire styles.
You will need to verify your actual tread width before ordering any tracks for a bobcat or other vehicle. You should also measure the distance between the sidewall of your tire and the frame. You should have 3" of clearance to be sure that the tracks will not contact the frame during tight turns. If you do not have 3" of clearance, check your wheels to see if you cannot turn them around. Many skid steer machines now have reversible rims that are off-set to allow you to add tracks without needing spacers.
If you do not have reversible off-set rims, then you will need to purchase spacers. These are available as an option on this page. Count the lugs on your wheels to be sure that you order the right spacers. Most machines use 8 bolt wheels while some older machines use 6 bolt.
Please Note: An Installation Tool is not included with purchase. Simply use a ratchet strap to install your tracks.
NOTE: Another thing to look for is boom clearance. We have no way of knowing if you have exactly the right amount of clearance because of factors such as the height of your tires, the type of tread and the sidewall height. This is something you will need to check as well and be responsible for. Make sure that when you put the boom all of the way down you have 2" of clearance around the boom. If you do not, you may still need spacers to give you enough clearance or a boom stop to keep the boom from coming all of the way down.
Boom stops are inexpensive, but they do create another problem. If you stop the boom from coming all of the way down, your bucket does not hit the ground flat which makes it hard to grade smoothly. The bucket usually has a strip on the front and rear that you run flush to the ground when grading. This makes your grading smoother and more accurate. Tracks and boom stops mess with this layout by raising the machine and boom up. You need to be aware of this as no track solution is absolutely perfect. If other dealers are not telling you this, it is because they want the sale without regards to what you really need. We try to pass on information here in the hopes you will still use our products but be much more informed.