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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm:   

Howdy again from Alaska.I do enjoy all of the postings. I have spent a lot of miles this winter in my partners argo and really enjoyed that too.I suppose that we took a dozen trips into the back-woods on fishing and wolf hunting trips.
I see all of the excitement about the Avenger. Kool!! I noticed what the price was in some cases. Well, I'm still sold on the old Hydro Traxx.I paid a whooping $13,500 for it, and got hydraulic controls. I don't need to re-design my tranny because I don't have one. I don't have any chains to lube because I don't have any. I turn nice smooth "round" corners by simply adding a little power to one side.Why, I can make the tracks on one side go in opposite directions as the other side by simply reversing my sticks.I guess that I will probably never go back to the skid-steer simply because I'm lazy and at my age, I don't care to be jerked around.Some may say that I'm about to get drinched in boiling oil, but I have never been able to get the oil much over warm. I can handle "warm".
I still marvel that everyone seems to want to hang on to the old skid steer concept. I suppose that to each his own.I do feel like an out cast some times because the Hydro Traxx is so "different" that we just just don't fit in very well.Since I don't have any maintenance to do , I just sit and look at it when I'm not out busting swamps.My good-looking wife can't understand why I don't sit and look at her with that same gleam in my eye.I do,Hon, I do!!