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holysmokes's Avatar Jump to comment 101 by holysmokes

Ignorant Amos: But wouldn't the torque on the short side cause it to slip on oil, mud, ice, snow or any slidey surface. The short track would be going faster at the same RPM....or am I getting myself confused here?

Sorry for the delay in responding. You are partially correct. Track slippage would be an issue, but only when pushing a load, or on extremely slippery surfaces. The question doesn't specify a load, nor type of surface, consequently I wouldn't read that into the equation. If you have the blade up and are traveling along, the dozer would still travel straight, however the front sprockets would need to be independent of each other to allow for the shorter track.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:09:38 UTC | #947915