Fred Sowerwine, Montana's Max dealer (Fred4dot)
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm: |
Bill, I forgot to address the high speed clutch. The drive pulley springs can be changed giving more speed. At one time RI had a set of springs that could be installed to give five or so more MPH. It is my understanding that those springs are used in all max drive pulleys since about 1996 or 1997. I'm not personally familiar with the process of changing springs (snowmobile mechanics are masters at this) as I have never had a torque converter apart or worked on one, but as the speed goes up, the torque comes down so you have to choose speed or power. The 2 cycle engine powered skid steers have lots of speed, but to get up a hill, you have to go at it full throttle (not always possible or wise in tough terrain)like a quad does.
If you want speed in a skid steer, you have to go to and old two cycle and want to climb only smooth hills. In modern machines, the fastest machines are the max IV 900T and the Max IV 950T.
I might add that Roger is right that I have no personal experience with Argos (have never even ridden in one as they are about as scarce in Montana as are smart environmentalists), but one does not have to put his hand in the fire to know that it is hot. All one has to do is read the factory issued specs; it is all there except accurate PSI on the ground numbers (I still don't understand how all the Argo machines have the same PSI on the ground numbers even though the machines have different weights and different tires (or different tracks).