Tracks offer an unbeatable footprint for excellent traction and flotation in both wet or dry conditions. And if you have a tracked machine (or several), it’s probably one of the hardest working machines on your farm: your dependable workhorse for tillage, pulling the grain cart, or other high-horse applications. Right now—before the next busy season is upon us—is the perfect time to review the health of your track systems and ensure that they’re ready for the demands you’re about to place on them.
Below we review some of our best sellers and top performers that will keep your Case IH Steiger or STX Quadtrac—and field work—on track for success this year. Each of our top picks shares one attribute you can’t live without: durability. As you’re well aware, the last thing you can afford during spring planting or fall harvest is downtime due to a track failure in the field!
Top Seller & Top Track: Soucy Quadtrac Tracks
Soucy sells an impressive variety of track systems. The company has experience outfitting everything from army tanks to ATVs. With so much engineering expertise and a 50-year-history of designing and manufacturing tracks, it’s no wonder Soucy sells some of the best tracks for the agriculture market. Soucy entered the replacement market in 2017 and currently offers tracks in 30" and 36" widths. These replacements will look very similar to the OEM Continental (or Goodyear) tracks you’re used to seeing on Case IH Quadtracs.
Heat buildup is the top track killer, and the reason we love Soucy tracks is because they’ve proven that they can handle the heat. They shrug off high-speed road travel up to 25 mph and have demonstrated superior heat performance during extreme pulling when compared to some top competitors. Soucy shows confidence in its tracks’ durability with a 5-year or 3,000-hour warranty—the longest track warranty in the industry.
Based on our experience at NTS Tire Supply, we believe Soucy’s replacement track is the top-quality, premium replacement option for your Case IH Quadtrac. When we factored in Soucy’s unbeatable price and sales history, it was an easy decision to crown Soucy’s tracks our top track.
Proven Durability: Camso Quadtrac Tracks
Camso (formerly Camoplast) offers 3 replacement track models for your Case IH Quadtrac. Before we discuss the actual tracks, it’s helpful to understand how the company’s engineering choices set these tracks apart from their competition.
Camso is known for its vulcanized (glued on) lugs. Other manufacturers regard this as an inferior manufacturing method, as they claim that lugs can completely detach from the track’s body. We have a lot of experience with Camso tracks, and we can tell you with confidence that this issue is so rare that you will probably never experience it with Camso tracks. In our opinion, some of the other manufacturers have used isolated failures related to Camso’s vulcanizing technique as a scare tactic to push their own products and designs.
So why does Camso design its tracks with vulcanized lugs? In short—durability. The molding process that other manufacturers use to mold the lugs and casing as a single unit can cause the cables inside the track to curve and deflect from their proper position during the manufacturing process. Camso’s unique manufacturing process maintains nearly perfect spacing and uniformity between the cables. What does this mean for your operation? The tracks will align better and run true for a longer-lasting track.
That said, other manufacturers who use a single-cure process have become better at clamping down on cord deflection issues. However, in our experience, Camso seems to have the most uniform internal cord structure. And we've found that Camso tracks have excellent tread wear properties, which translate to a longer-lasting track for you.
Beyond 30"- and 36"-wide track models, Camso also offers an exclusive 32"-wide track option, which keeps the idler wheels centered on the main cables to improve alignment, reduce wear on the drive lug side, and protect the idlers and midrollers from edge chunking. Camso also offers remanufactured tracks—essentially retreads—that can save growers a chunk of change over new tracks. However, these tracks are only available for friction-drive tracks, so these aren't options for your Case IH Quadtrac.
Camso's complete track lineup for the Case IH Steiger and STX Quadtracs comes with a 4-year or 2,000-hour warranty under agricultural usage. The company offers 3 models for the Quadtrac:
- 6500 General Ag - Positive Drive
- 6500 Scraper - Positive Drive
- 3500 General Ag - Positive Drive
Camso 6500 General Ag - Positive Drive
Maximum traction and superior cleanout properties make the 6500 General Ag the best choice among Camso’s lineup for your high-horsepower Quadtrac. Compared to the Scraper model, the General Ag track features a more tapered tread bar, which helps the track clean out better in sticky soils and provide more confident traction. If you’re logging more than 1,000 hours on your tracks annually and you need to do heavy ripping and tillage, the 6500 General Ag should be on your shopping list.
Camso 6500 Scraper - Positive Drive
The 6500 Scraper - Positive Drive track features a shorter, more blocky lug shape than the 6500 General Ag (1.6"-deep tread versus 2.0"-deep tread). If you rack up a lot of road miles each season you may want to consider the 6500 Scraper. The model’s wider tread will last a little longer for long-distance roaders, but you will sacrifice some traction and cleanout capabilities when compared to the 6500 General Ag.
3500 General Ag - Positive Drive
This track strikes a balance between reliability/quality and price. This OEM-approved option is a good choice for machines that perform 500 to 1,000 hours of general tillage annually. It features that same tapered tread bar design as the 6500 General Ag track for excellent performance in wet soils.
Yieldmaster Quadtrac Tracks
The Yieldmaster, manufactured by Camso and sold as a separate brand, is nearly identical to the Camso 3500 General Ag. It features a stepped lug design for a smooth ride and optimum traction and wear. The lug design and shorter drive lug length are the only features that set it apart from the Camso 3500 General Ag. The Yieldmaster has an identical warranty to Camso tracks: coverage for 4 years or 2,000 hours.
Its nearly identical specs to the Camso 3500 General Ag and its slightly lower cost make the Yieldmaster an attractive choice if you’ll be mounting it on a tractor that works between 500 and 1,000 hours per season on general tillage.
Continental Quadtrac Tracks
Continental’s track (formerly Goodyear) has been Case IH’s most common OEM choice since it released the Quadtrac. Previously branded under the Goodyear name, the Continental Trackman® is a continuation of the same style track. In fact, Continental manufactured Goodyear’s tracks until the brand left the track market in 2015. While we still believe that Continental’s tracks are an option you should consider, we have experienced a few more warranty claims on them when compared to other brands.
Continental Trackman® XP + ARMORLUG® ULTRA
With positive drive tracks, drive lugs will sometimes start to separate (or break off entirely) from the casing when you subject them to extensive hard-pulling applications. To address this problem, Continental improved its tracks in 2017 with its patented drive lug —the ARMORLUG ULTRA®—with three fabric layers embedded in the track’s drive lugs. Continental states that these lugs last up to 30% longer than any other positive-drive track. In addition, the ULTRA model features improved anti-vibration technology that reduces vibrations by 50% to 70% over standard tracks under heavy drawbar use. The Trackman XP + ARMORLUG® ULTRA comes with an attractive 5-year warranty.
Continental Trackman® XP + ARMORLUG®
Released in 2008, the Trackman® XP + ARMORLUG® features up to 23% longer track life than the older Trackman® XP model. This track is best mounted on tractors that don’t engage in extreme pulling and work less than 1,000 hours annually. It offers a 4-year warranty.
Continental Trackman® XP
The Trackman® XP can be a viable option for lower horsepower tractors (under 400 hp) that aren’t used in extreme pulling applications. It also comes with a 4-year warranty.
Previously branded as Bridgestone, Firestone currently has no tracks on the market that fit Case IH Quadtrac tractors.
Choose the Right Tracks to Improve Traction & Avoid a Track Failure
Click on the chart below to compare the specifications of all the track models that were discussed in this article. If you want guidance choosing the right tracks for your Quadtrac, simply call us or drop us a line to talk with an expert at NTS Tire Supply. We'll help you outfit your Quadtrac(s) with the best replacement tracks based on your unique needs, including the amount of extreme pulling and road travel you do each season.
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