Which tread pattern should you use on your rubber-tracked equipment? Each one was created as a response to needs in the field, of course. However, there is a way to simplify the choice. We have found that C-treads and Z-treads, between them, can cover pretty much any application you are likely to encounter. If you consider the benefits of each type, you will be better prepared to choose the correct tread for your business.
Designed to maximize traction, the old straight bar tread pattern was specifically made for those who frequently need to operate in wet or muddy terrain. But for the most part, it has been replaced by the new Z-tread, which was designed to deliver even better performance in snow, mud, and sloppy conditions.
In fact, you may remember that the original name of this type of track was “arctic tracks.” They were made especially for better traction in snow, and they did not disappoint.
When they were introduced, they could literally run circles around machines with other types of tracks. But regular users, like the natural innovators they are, asked themselves how this new track would perform in muddy or wet conditions.
After a little experimentation, they discovered that it was equally capable in those situations. It became clear that this track’s snow-specific moniker, “arctic track,” did not cover the full range of its capabilities. So today the track is called the Z-track, a simple term describing the design of the tread.
Therefore, if you require a track that can handle snow and mud, you will want to choose a Z-track.
This tread pattern is very similar in appearance to the once-standard staggered block tread; however, the C-lug tread has notches cut out of each block, creating a sideways “C” shape.
For those who need to operate their machines both on- and off-road, the C-lug tread is the most flexible across a variety of terrain types. Since the C-type exerts less ground pressure than other types of tread, it is especially appropriate for sensitive terrain.
This tread pattern is extremely durable, and its high number of cutting edges allows for increased traction, superior handling, and improved performance. Users appreciate the fact that it provides a smoother ride over several different surfaces. The C-tread is more turf-friendly and also works well on clay, mud, concrete, gravel, and sand.
The versatility and performance of C and Z treads have propelled them to the top of the market over the years.
Keep in mind that while both treads may be specifically designed to have particular advantages, they are also intended for a wide range of applications. Neither has an inherent longevity advantage, and all of the major tracked vehicle manufacturers can use either one.
The biggest benefit to choosing the right tread pattern, the one that most closely matches your work, is that doing so can help prolong the life of your treads, thus lowering your operating costs over time and boosting productivity.
If you would like more information, call Dominion Equipment Parts at 866-366-0225. You can speak to an expert that will review your specific requirements and help you pick the right tread for your machine!
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Dominion Rubber Tracks are available for all mini excavators, compact track loaders and tracked Carriers. Our replacement undercarriage parts include a fully stocked line of sprockets, rollers and idlers, manufactured to the highest quality control standards. Dominion Equipment Parts is also the exclusive OEM parts distributor for Morooka Rubber Track Carriers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.