Corking Dozer Tracks

 

Corking Dozer Tracks

Does anyone "cork" their dozer tracks for better traction in the winter? I have also heard it referred to as using "growsers". I would be interested in your thought on when and where it would be necessary and applicable.

Thanks,

Ken

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Ken, Grouser pads are track shoes used on earthmoving equipment like Cat D4 through D11's.  These are aggressive track shoes designed to provide traction in extreme conditions.  Semi-Grouser pads are track shoes used on Track loaders like the 955 or 977 crawler type loaders and are less-aggressive in design. 

I would imagine for snow use, one would use low-ground pressure type track shoes (wider track shoes for floatation in mud, sand, snow, etc.)

Hope that helps,

Kelvin

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Ken, Grouser pads are track shoes used on earthmoving equipment like Cat D4 through D11's.  These are aggressive track shoes designed to provide traction in extreme conditions.  Semi-Grouser pads are track shoes used on Track loaders like the 955 or 977 crawler type loaders and are less-aggressive in design. 

I would imagine for snow use, one would use low-ground pressure type track shoes (wider track shoes for floatation in mud, sand, snow, etc.)

Hope that helps,

Kelvin

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I'm replying on behalf of a fleet director, Ldodd, who wrote:

"Yes, we cork most of our tracked equipment during the winter months to provide better traction on frozen group. This reduces the lack of traction that you have between the shoes and frozen ground and is no different to the studded tires on vehicle."