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Swapping Out Tires for Camso Tracks
Even though Camso tracks can already be found on many OEM offerings in the ag sector, the Canadian company is making a push to help growers transition their current wheeled tractors to tracked ones. With the Camso Conversion Track System (CTS), operators can remove their tractor wheels and replace them with four Camso track systems, themselves, within eight hours. The CTS offers better flotation, stability, and traction for growers.
“It’s not intrusive to the tractor; we’re not asking for any modifications,” says Martin Lunkenbein of Camso. “The tracks truly replace the tractor wheels.”
Differing from competitors, the CTS is a true bolt-on system that is coming to the North American market for the first time. It was created to accommodate the class of tractors that are around 300 hp, so Magnums, T8s, and 8Rs are included in that.
Is It Really That Simple?
Farmers know that it isn’t an easy task to remove tractor tires, but with appropriate equipment – like a forklift, boom, small crane, or loader – it’s doable on the farm and without paying someone else to reequip the tractor.
Swapping out tires with the CTS is also more pricey than replacing wheels on a combine with tracks, since there are four systems needed on a tractor and only two track systems needed for a combine. The suggested retail price for the CTS is $130,000.
Why Switch to Tracks?
According to Camso, replacing wheels with tractors reduces ground pressure by around 65%. With tracks, it’s like having nine tires on the back of the tractor and 11 wheels on the front. To prove that, Camso is making an effort to show growers the science behind the great claims it makes about tracks and track systems.
To start, the company created bottomless buckets to give growers the opportunity to test how well soil absorbs water after tracks drive over it. Farmers can compare soil absorbency themselves by digging a hole in their fields, placing the bucket in the hole, and filling the buck with water to watch how quickly it absorbs in areas that have never been touched with equipment, have had wheels drive over, or have had tracks drive over.
The company also recently used an X-ray to look further into the differences between its own Camso tracks and competitor tracks. According to Camso, it’s tracks have perfectly straight and consistent cables within the rubber casing. The other tested tracks have cables that wave slightly, causing stress for the straight cables that have to compensate for the fluctuation.
“The cables are pretty much like a spinal cord. They’re the backbone of a track, so if it’s not holding all the tension that we’re putting in that track, it can’t hold up,” says Lunkenbein.
The CTS can be ordered now on camso.co.