As farms grow and span larger geographies, tractors are putting on more road miles than ever before.
“It’s definitely a concern we’re getting more and more from farmers. They need to travel more and more and it does have a big impact on the tracks, going these distances,” says Eric Blondeau of Camso (formerly Camoplast Solideal).
The Quebec-based track manufacturer might bill itself as the “Road Free Company,” but since some road travel is unavoidable in getting to the places where tracks can be put to use, so they developed a new ‘roading’ agriculture track. The new track was unveiled at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa.
Changes to the track compound and design are meant to extend track life by 20 percent versus the previous generation of Camso tracks, he says, noting performance in the field is unchanged.
The roading tracks are currently available in the aftermarket for Case IH Steiger Rowtrac, Magnum Rowtrac and New Holland T8 tractors.