Skid Steer

Industrial Rubber Tracks for Skid Steer Loaders

Subsidiary involved
Soucy International, Rubber Tracks Division
OEM of Industrial Vehicules

For industrial vehicles, tracks offer distinct advantages over wheels when it comes to conquer a variety of terrains; moreover, all-rubber tracks for skid steer loaders are a significant improvement over steel-embedded rubber tracks.

The Need

In the early 2000s, Caterpillar expressed a need for rubber tracks that could withstand more than 1,500 hours on a test bench in addition to meeting their own stringent requirements. Soucy International's engineering and design team was entrusted with this challenging track-design assignment.

The Challenge

The multidisciplinary team had to find a perfect synergy between the track design and rubber characteristics to deliver a product that would meet client specifications and mitigate problems, such as de-tracking or tooth jumps. The design of this track for commercial vehicles required many iterations, as well as an excellent knowledge of the field and rubber properties. This kind of track was not readily available on the market at the time.

The Solution and its Advantages

The resulting track is a breakthrough thanks to its performance, superior to that of traditional tracks.

Benefits of Skid Steer Loader Tracks vs. Wheels

  • Better flotation and stability the ground
  • Excellent traction
  • Less force on ground, so less damage to the soil
  • Superior performance in the toughest conditions
  • More stable load shift, thanks to a larger wheelbase

Benefits of Skid Steer Loader Tracks vs. Steel Embedded Rubber Tracks

  • Greater speed
  • Noise reduction
  • Increased comfort
  • Less debris in the track due to closed design
  • Lighter weight
  • Ease of maintenance and installation
  • Less damage to the soil
  • Absence of corrosion, because no metal parts are integrated