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Tread Pattern Terrain Guide : What Tread Pattern Do I Order?

Posted on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

Buying the correct tread pattern for your working conditions will ensure optimum performance. Working environments affect ride, traction, ground disturbance, slippage, and durability with your track.

Think about what purpose the track will serve you when choosing a tread pattern. Are you looking for a multi-purpose tread? Or a tread very specific to one terrain? Is this track only for snow removal? 

It's essential to choose the correct tread pattern for your track loader to eliminate downtime and lower costs. 


C-LUG 

  • Comfortable ride and increased traction due to constant contact to the ground
  • Started stocking in 2009 to serve our customers with Bobcat machines
  • Similar ride to staggered block, but will match up with OEM Bobcat machines
  • Extremely durable on dirt, asphalt, gravel, and grass surfaces
  • Similar in appearance to staggered block but has notches cut from each block creating the ‘C’ shape

C Lug Track Loader Tread Pattern


H-WAVE 

  • OEM tread for Kubota machines
  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Increased traction
  • Similar in appearance to staggered block but has notches cut from each block creating the ‘H’ shape

H Wave Track Loader Tread Pattern


MULTI BAR

  • Started stocking in 2009
  • Heavier track with an aggressive tread and much smoother ride than straight bar
  • Improves overall traction on soft ground surfaces - great in snow
  • Smooth ride on paved surfaces
  • Popular option when going from loose materials to hard surfaces

Multi Bar Track Loader Tread Pattern


STAGGERED BLOCK

  • General purpose tread for dirt, asphalt, gravel, and grass
  • Selling since 2002 when we started the factory
  • Option that most OEM such as Case, JD, Komatsu, New Holland, and others use
  • Very comfortable smooth ride 
  • If you have no trouble with traction, this is a great tread to use
  • Minimal ground disturbance

Staggered Block Track Loader Tread Pattern


STRAIGHT BAR

  • Started stocking in 2008
  • Aggressive tread pattern for dirt, mud, snow, and gravel
  • Maximum traction on rough terrain
  • Recommended if machine has trouble slipping or spinning 
  • Minimizes side slipping
  • Rougher ride than c-lug or staggered block treads

Straight Bar Track Loader Tread Pattern


TURF TREAD

  • Offers minimal damage while on grassy terrain
  • Designed to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride for operator with constant contact to the ground
  • Optimal traction on asphalt, gravel, grass, and dirt

Turf Track Loader Tread Pattern


ZIG ZAG

  • Very aggressive tread
  • Harder rubber compound so it can be used in every season
  • Directional track for more traction in the mud and snow
  • Bar is tiered so it is a self cleaning track which provides constant traction
  • Eliminates slippage both forward and backward
  • Combines the benefits of straight bar and multi bar rubber tracks

Zig Zag Track Loader Tread Pattern


Summit Supply is the leader for quality construction equipment wear parts. Our advanced rubber compound for rubber tracks means superior flexibility and resistance to abrasion and tears. Improved traction and enhanced surface protection with Summit's extensive selection of tread patterns. All tracks can be special ordered in non-marking compound. Hardened, forged steel drive links are tempered for unmatched strength and durability which helps ensure correct fitment and reduces vibration in any operating condition. These rubber tracks are helically wound to guarantee even strength and weight distribution. As an estimated 80% of track failures occur where multiple cords are bonded together, we eliminate those seams to ensure the entire track circumference maintains its integrity for life. 

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Topics: Rubber Tracks, Summit Guides, Rubber Tracks - Track Loaders