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Track N Go system adds tracks to trucks

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January 20, 2014

The Track N Go system incorporates the vehicle's existing tires

The Track N Go system incorporates the vehicle's existing tires

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You may think that your 4 x 4 with its lugged tires is pretty good in the snow, but it's never going to match the traction and flotation offered by a tracked vehicle. While systems such as those made by Mattracks allow users to replace their vehicle's wheels with tracks, AD Boivin Inc's Track N Go lets you simply add tracks onto your wheels when needed.

Each Track N Go kit includes four tracks and two loading ramps. To get the tracks onto your wheels, you start by placing the tracks on the ground two at a time (side by side) with the ramps leading up to them. You then just drive up onto them, and clamp them on – integrated rubber rollers press into the tire from either side, apparently holding everything securely in place.

One unmodified 4-wheel-drive vehicle can reportedly be set up with a complete set of tracks in under 15 minutes.

Integrated rubber rollers press into the tire from either side, apparently holding everyth...

The bottom of each tire ends up resting on a set of grip-textured geared rollers within the track. When the wheel turns, it turns the rollers, which subsequently turn the rubber track belt at a 1:1 ratio. The front tracks pivot with the front wheels when turning (up to 30 degrees), and ski-like deflector plates on each track help it to ride up on top of snow instead of diving into it.

For stretches between deep snow, the tracks can also be used on hard road surfaces at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph).

A complete Track N Go package will set you back US$25,000. The tracks can be seen getting put through their paces, in the video below.

Source: Track N Go

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14 Comments

When it comes to packing up and heading back to base, I think that you would need a surgical truss if you had to heave one of these units on to the bed of the truck alone and quite probably if working with someone else. Even then, by the time you had loaded the fourth one, you would be exhausted, to put it politely. (I note that they do not show this part in any of their videos.)

Mel Tisdale
21st January, 2014 @ 05:46 am PST

It would have been more impressive if they had gone through some deep snow.....it wasn't near bumper height.

deni377
21st January, 2014 @ 06:15 am PST

@Mel



It is notably involved but done by one person on hard ground, not sure what one would do for a recovery situation if there was an accident in soft snow. For remote locations the capability is pretty impressive however a driver has to exercise good judgement to avoid getting stuck. I think the design should incorporate a way of remounting a single track if a stump or log dislodges it from the vehicle.

CreativeApex
21st January, 2014 @ 06:51 am PST

This is EXACTLY what I am currently building, except for my scooter. It is my only transportation, and I thought the only way to survive would be to have slip-on tracks for the back wheel, and skis for the front. A slight difference though. the tire turns the track fron the side so that the tire sticks out below the track. we often have cleared patches where tracks would be inadvisable..

Doc Rock
21st January, 2014 @ 07:17 am PST

For $25k, this had better install its damn self. Nobody needs this bad enough to spend half their truck's value buying it.

Aaron Turpen
21st January, 2014 @ 09:01 am PST

I had a brochure from an Electrolux dealer showing the Electrolux 2000 vacuum system. This "system" had a flexible shaft that plugged into the back end of an otherwise excellent vacuum cleaner and provided power to an improbable array of accessories. They had a cuisinart-like food processor, a random orbit pad sander and a belt sander on a waist high stand. I think there may also have been a saw as well. Either way this collection expensive bits is still just a bad idea looking for a place to collapse upon.

StWils
21st January, 2014 @ 10:59 am PST

Well I didnt like it at first BUT it seems to me when calving season comes around it would be nice. OR for beer runs, and a small V plow on the front might help groom trails making the return trip easy.

It looks like a useful device for the right conditions. well done !

POOL PUMPREAPAIR guy longwood
21st January, 2014 @ 11:32 am PST

Have anybody else noticed that your gearbox would have to be in reverse gear? (Tire in forward gear is spinning clockwise, turns belt it is resting on, belt is forced to turn anti-clockwise, truck backs into a tree). I hope reverse gear could take the strain of continuous heavy use, normally that gear is little used.

The Skud
21st January, 2014 @ 06:27 pm PST

@TheSkud.

OR, Tyre turns Roller, Roller turns track, Direction problem solved.

Also, better to have roller geared into the main track drive pulley.

NB, Tyre friction drives often have a habit of prematurely wearing out tyres.... (Gear or chain drive is much more reliable)

Looking at the system, it is fixed to the wheels, (with pitch limiting devices permanently on the vehicle).... Not as rugged as MATTRACKS, but easier to install and uninstall.

Everyone needs a crane in the back of their truck for loading and un-loading: spare wheels, motorised wheelchairs, 44 gallon fuel drums, wheel tracks, etc...

MD
21st January, 2014 @ 11:11 pm PST

@the skud

It says wheel->roller->treads

Ranscapture
21st January, 2014 @ 11:31 pm PST

You could just put on a lift kit and big tires and then let most of the air out if you get stuck. Then you can have cargo other than the tracks on good roads.

Slowburn
22nd January, 2014 @ 02:26 am PST

$25k seems a bit high, doubly so when it's got a few issues. First, you would need locking differentials front and rear or you'd risk spinning only one side. Not to mention the point brought by MD about some hardware installed on the vehicle so approaching steep inclines or deep powder wouldn't put the nose of the track into the underside of the bumper/body. This also doesn't address any ice/snow buildup on the rollers similar to the wipers of any vehicle driven in snow.

Great idea, but the purpose-built tracks that replace the wheels are a much more effective solution for both concept-to-design and coming in about 1/2 cost when last I checked. That being said, they still require lockable diffs, etc.

CaseyVR6
22nd January, 2014 @ 08:26 am PST

@ CaseyVR6

So in your opinion every car needs a locking differential?

Also judging from the video there is some sort of control mechanism to keep the tracks from eating the fender or vice versa.

Slowburn
22nd January, 2014 @ 04:26 pm PST

locts of negatives from some experts????here,but i think its a brilliant inovation,full marks to the inventors,,yes you would have to exercise a little common sense,its not an indistructable mechanism but it works brilliantly..price can be brought down concievably,give credit for a brilliant little invention,,

Chris Keane
29th January, 2014 @ 12:27 pm PST
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