Clark Tracks on a Ponsse Harvester.

General Rules

As a general rule, close spaced tracks with wide plates are better suited to soft ground conditions. Wider spaced tracks with narrower plates are better suited to harder ground conditions and steeper slopes, offering greater climbing ability.

However, it should be noted that tracks with close spaced plates are not suited to use in heavy snow conditions or some types of sticky mud conditions. This is due to the potential for material being unable to escape between the track plates and building up between track and tire which can, in extreme cases, cause machine bogey transmission problems.

Each set of tracks carries identification badges giving the exact tire size and tread pattern for which the track was designed. Also, the date of manufacture and serial number can be found here. It is essential that the correct track is used for each tire type.