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Camso Debuts New CTS and Quality, Affordable Track Design

Camso, previously known as Camoplast Solideal, has two new aftermarket track offerings available to growers as of the time of the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show. One is a fully new conversion track system (CTS) for combines and the other is a cost-effective, strong new track design. 

The New CTS

To start, Camso is well aware that the company’s current CTS combine offerings are removed when growers drive to and from fields that aren’t just paces away. In one respect, that says a lot about the system’s bolt-on capabilities. However, Camso wanted to make systems that improved roading speeds and was still just as easy to take on and off.

“Our past T and Q systems lost 30% of speed because of wheel size,” says Martin Lunkenbein of Camso. “The CTS High Speed has a slightly different suspension and smaller main wheel.” The new CTS also has an integrated gear box, which the company hasn’t done before.

CTS High Speed, the new system from Camso, can be completely bolted on by the growers in two hours. It can get very close to the speeds wheeled combines can reach on the roads leaving operators with minimal speed loss at all.

“Farmers shouldn’t have to take off the CTS system for road travel, but they still easily can,” says Lunkenbein. “It’s entirely the grower’s choice now.” 

As for field performance, the CTS High Speed has a 12% larger footprint than previous Camso offerings which helps prevent compaction. Further, its suspension system and double oscillating wheels perform better than ever on uneven ground.

“It has been put through its paces, and we’re very comfortable with the performance,” says Eric Blondeau of Camso. The CTS High Speed has been on the market and in use for a year in Europe. It was tested in North America last year and tested in Europe prior to its launch there.

The new CTS can be purchased for $89,900 per pair. The company’s Q system used to sell for $94,000 a pair and also needed a speed multiplier, but the CTS High Speed needs no adaptors or multipliers. As of now, this CTS is only available for John Deere STS and S series combines.

The New Track

There are other companies that make tracks, and Camso is well aware that its competitors often sell their tracks for more affordable prices. The company’s latest track, though, is 15% cheaper than those of competitors’ and is just as impressive in performance. 

Camso’s AG 2500 track series was created to be a modestly-priced, high-quality track that growers who choose their tracks almost solely based on price point would be able to afford. Row-crop work is what this new track series is meant for, and buyers should expect to use the tracks only 100 to 500 hours a year. 

“Our competitors use a molded process,” says Blondeau. “We use more of an assembling process, and all our tracks are single-cured.” Camso used a shorter tread bar to create the 2500 series, which the company says is just as effective but prevents the rubber from wearing down so quickly.

After four to five years of research, Camso is confident that this track, which is much thinner than its other offerings, can outlast track competition based on wear quality.

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