Rubber vs Metal/ Steel Skid Steer Over The Tire (OTT) Tracks

Rubber vs Metal/ Steel Skid Steer Over The Tire (OTT) Tracks

Boost the versatility and functionality of your skid steer loader by installing over the tire (OTT) track systems! Monster Tires offers premium quality OTT track solutions that will take your skid steer to the next level. Our OTT tracks are compatible with a wide range of popular skid steer brand manufacturers including Bobcat, CAT, Case, John Deere, JCB and many more! They are easy to install and remove as needed, usually requiring less than an hour.

We offer both rubber and steel over the tire tracks. Depending on the type of ground surface and the working conditions of your site, you can choose between these two options as they each offer specific advantages on certain terrains.

OTT tracks essentially give you a 2 for 1 deal as you can enjoy the benefits of your skid steer tires when you want and can also add on OTT tracks for added versatility whenever the need arises. OTT tracks also protect your skid steer tires from punctures and damage.

Let’s take a quick look at how these two types of OTT tracks compare so that you can intelligently assess and choose the better option for your skid steer operations.

Rubber OTT tracks

McLaren Skid Steer Over The Tire Tracks

With rubber OTT tracks, you considerably increase your skid steer loader’s traction and flotation capabilities. The deep tread lugs and patterns give added traction while the wider footprint of the OTT track evens weight distribution of your equipment and decreases ground pressure, which, in turn, boosts flotation over muddy and sandy terrains.

Here are some benefits of choosing Rubber OTT Tracks over Steel OTT tracks:

  • Enhanced Operator Comfort

Rubber OTT tracks guarantee a smoother ride due to reduced vibration and noise levels. The rubber tracks offer a wider ground contact area than skid steer tires which minimizes ground pressure and improves the stability of your skid steer as it traverses over uneven terrains. Operator comfort is crucial to boosting productivity levels and, in turn, maximizing your skid steer’s ROI.

  • Protects Surfaces from Damage

Using rubber OTT tracks over abrasive surfaces like asphalt, concrete and sensitive pavements is ideal as they minimize damage over these surfaces. On these types of surfaces, you can be sure that there will be no scarring when you use rubber OTT tracks. The same cannot be said about steel OTT tracks which would damage asphalt, concrete and similar on-road applications. Rubber OTT tracks are perfect for applications that require minimal ground damage such as landscaping where turf needs to be protected or on golf courses and parks.

  • Enhanced Flotation

In general, both OTT track systems will give your skid steer loader increased flotation due to the wider footprint surface area, compared to skid steer tires. However, rubber OTT tracks are especially great on terrains that require added flotation such as deep mud and sand. Steel OTT tracks are heavier than rubber tracks and they more likely to sink in deep mud. Rubber OTT tracks do a better job reducing ground pressure which in turn boosts flotation over muddy and sandy terrains.

Metal/ Steel OTT Tracks

Steel OTT tracks come in both open bar and closed bar design. Open bar OTT tracks are the most popular type of steel OTT tracks. They are designed for maximum traction, with the open bar style allowing for firmer grip on surfaces. The open bar style is also great for self-cleaning, as the track is able to release dirt and mud that stick on or get lodged in the track as they navigate different terrains.

Below are some advantages that steel OTT tracks have over rubber OTT tracks:

  • Extended Durability

Steel OTT tracks tend to have a much longer service life than rubber OTT tracks when used in abrasive off-road terrains. Steel tracks are tough, able to withstand rugged, demanding underfoot conditions that would accelerate wear on their rubber OTT track counterparts. Steel OTT tracks are made from premium forged steel that is usually fortified with additives for added strength. This gives them improved track life over rubber OTT tracks in demanding terrains.

  • Optimal Performance in Aggressive Applications

Steel OTT tracks are specially engineered to handle rough, challenging terrains where abrasive materials such as jagged-edged stones or rocks and other rough debris from quarrying and demolition work could puncture and damage rubber OTT tracks. Outfit your skid steer with steel OTT tracks if you are working in severe applications such as land clearing, recycling plants, demolition sites, forest applications and rocky terrains. A typical rubber OTT track is more likely to get damaged on such rough ground conditions.

  • Increased Traction in Off-Road Applications

Both rubber and steel OTT tracks provide added traction to skid steer loaders. Rubber OTT tracks, all things equal, provides better traction on hard abrasive surfaces like asphalt and concrete. Steel OTT tracks with open bar design are especially ideal in off-road applications that require extra traction such as soft, muddy terrains, slippery conditions, and steep slopes or hilly terrains.

Monster Tires offers a wide selection of both steel and rubber OTT skid steer tracks that can be used on most skid steer loaders available on the market. Our rubber OTT tracks are made from the toughest rubber compounds and are reinforced with premium steel cables to guarantee a longer service life. The steel OTT tracks we offer are made from heat-treated, durable, hard steel and can perform efficiently in the harshest of conditions. We offer a range of OTT track solutions with different tread pattern designs, giving you a variety of options to choose from so that you get the perfect OTT tracks for your specific application(s). Contact Monster Tires today to get top quality OTT tracks at the best deals you will find anywhere!

2 thoughts on “Rubber vs Metal/ Steel Skid Steer (OTT)

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    Eric says:

    If you remove the chains in the chain case, the machine won't move. I have steel OTT tracks on my rubber tire skid. All I have to do is deflate the tires a bit (optional), wrap the OTT around the tires, bolt the OTT together, air the tires back up.

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    Brian says:

    I am inquiring about OTT tracks, I spoke with a friend he stated chains in the chain case have to be removed to use rubber OTT tracks
    I have a bobcat 773 would like your opinion on rubber and steel,
    I’m working in a very sandy condition or nice residential grass what would be a better option at the best price? Also wondering on tight corners and monovering will the tracks fall off the tires frequently?

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