Big Deere’s 32-inch track boosts traction with less compaction

Quebec’s Soucy has produced one of its toughest sets of agricultural tracks to date.

The Aztec, made for the John Deere 9R series tractors, specifically the 9560 and 9510, puts the big Deeres nine inches taller in the field.

Martin VanSteenbergen of Soucy in Manitoba said the $165,000 set of shoes provides the tractors with a bolted on subframe, which adds the height, and a lot more traction.

“It’s a 32-inch track. We cast all the parts and tracks ourselves. It’s a Canadian solution to more power on the ground with less compaction,” said VanSteenbergen.

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The big drive wheel grabs 12 lugs and puts just 7.2 pounds per square inch of pressure on the ground, compared to 10.4 with dual 800 70 R38 tires.

“There’s no modifications to the tractor. It’s a bolt on solution,” he said.

The tractors will reach only 17 m.p.h. in road gear with the tracks installed.

A Deere 9560 with duals has a list price of about $425,000, depending on tires and options, while the non-articulated, tracked Deere 9560RT will cost about $470,000.

“This is for those who want an articulated machine on tracks and they prefer the John Deere for everything it offers,” VanSteenbergen said.

He said many producers looking to place a set of tracks on a 9R will be dealing on a machine without the tires, potentially knocking the price down considerably.

For more information, contact VanSteenbergen at 819-474-6665.

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