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us that their prices are rising, every order we make for materials needs to be revised because the last price is no longer valid, and for good reason.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
INS Traction CTS GripMaster Series Tire Studs
The Gripmaster Series Tire Studs from INS Traction provide exceptional traction of your skid steer on almost any terrain, including dirt, snow, mud, and more. There are various models available, based on the height of the treads on your tracks or tires, .5" long, .75" long, and 1" long. These studs have carbide tips that add points of contact when maneuvering your machine to stop your machine from unwanted slipping.
With the design of this stud, assembly is easy. The studs have a hex-style head, and are screwed into place carefully, and precisely with a power drill. An optional installation tool is available. With a carbide tip, you can ensure that these studs are extremely durable, but with heavy use, will need to be replaced over time. When the carbide tips have been worn down, the hex head still remains, and for removal, simply unscrew the tire studs.
Determining Which Size Is Right
Avoid using studs that exceed the tread depth; for instance, use a 17 mm stud for an 18 mm tread depth. Ensure that 3 mm of the stud protrudes above the tire surface, leaving a 2 mm buffer to the cord. The cord thickness ranges from 4 to 20 mm, depending on the tire type. For optimal results, determine the number of contact patches on the tire and develop a strategic approach for stud placement.
NOTE: PLEASE ENSURE THE SIZE OF THE STUDS DO NOT EXCEED THE DEPTH OF YOUR TRACKS/TIRES TREADS BEFORE PURCHASE, YOU MAY DAMAGE YOUR TRACKS/TIRES.
- Use a low torque driver at fairly slow speed
- Screw the stud in until the washer (underside) visually makes contact with the rubber
- Go no more that 1/2 turn past that point.
- We recommend using 30mm or 1" studs for skid steer or compact loader installations because of the amount of tearing action the machines can produce when turning. It is your responsibility to measure and order the correct length to insure they cannot pull out. It they are too short, they will pull out.
Studs are designed to add traction to your tires by adding a solid bite to your tires/tracks. This bite can easily break through snow and ice and scratch the base surface. In the case of a driveway, these scratches will leave marks. Care must be taken not to skid turn on important surfaces where you do not want to leave a mark. This means, if you do not want to scratch your clients driveway, you need to be careful or do not use studs. In most cases these marks are not permanent and will just was or wear away after a few rain storms. Please note that Skid Steer Solutions or our stud manufacturer do not assume any liability with how you use this product.
- INS Traction CTS Series Gripmaster Tire Studs
- Owner's Manual