Tractors seemed to keep getting bigger and wider, and when farmers started looking at triples, Case IH opened the gate to a four-track prototype tractor. And, says Case IH’s Mitch Kaiser, producers loved it.
Every system has its pros and cons, and although the cost of tracks can be quite prohibitive, the pull/weight ratio and optimization of the tracks has been shown to outperform the tires. And, although studies in the late 1991 and 1992 showed tires pulling ahead in steering, track technology is ever-improving, and what they may lack in control with heavy loads, they make up for in maneuverability around the yard and stability in uneven terrain.
In this episode of the TechTour, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney talks to Kaiser about the innovation behind tracks, and what they offer for efficiency, to mitigate compaction issues and enhance traction. Kaiser also describes the new Case IH system’s maintenance-free undercarriage, the re-structuring tractors went through to adopt quad tracks and what’s next for track technology.