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Wheels verses Tracks

I just picked up a non running MTD 8 hp about 26" with tracks for 20.00 Can. A good carb clean and she is purrin' like a kitten. Can't wait for some snow to try out to see if she is a keeper or a seller. Are tracks better than wheels???
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I used both in my driveway. Due to the angle of the driveway, a track snowthrower is my only option. I found a wheeled unit easier to move around verses a track unit. But the wheeled unit lacked the traction required for the job. But, since I am used to using the track unit, turning it became a non-issue. For hard packed snowbanks, a track snowthrower for me works a lot better.

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It seems those with inclines and in areas where you have really heavy snow the tracks are the way to go. I've only used one once and I'm up north in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and having mostly flat driveways wheels have worked just fine for me. That one time I got to use a tracked machine I did like the way it drove itself into the EOD pile without any assist from me.

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I was **** bent on buying a track Honda for my driveway, and just for grins, I threw on a set of chains on my Xtrac tires on my Ariens, and I fell like I have the best of both worlds - traction and easy turning. For a $65 investment, I feel I have saved some big bucks.
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Good tires or chains I think would likely give you the traction you need except for the lightest machines. Remember also the comment about rolling a machine on tracks being more difficult and the more important item - maintenance. Tracks have more moving parts and some can be prone to rusting in the joints, connects and sprockets dictating a lot more maintenance than wheels do to keep them working. Also some of the older machines have tracks that parts may not be available for. Now given all this, some have converted track units to wheels also, so all is not lost down the road if you go with tracks today.


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Only wheels 4 me.

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On a big heavy blower, they are too cumbersome to turn and too slow.

Had a tracked blower. Removed them and haven't looked back since. I mounted wheels and tires for less than $50.

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wheeled units are rare around here.

but we live in a heavy snow and hilly area.

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Honda HSS snowblowers, tracks without regrets.

All the benefits of tracks, outstandingly maneuverable.

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I never tried a tracked snowblower. Would probably have better traction on my inclined driveway, but I get along fine for now with wheels. Besides, I'm not buying another snowblower until this one has a catastrophic failure.

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