Post Number: 10
|Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 08:58 pm: |
Gary, I would say that the cleaning and oiling of the chains would be the same as the Max or Argo. It looks like the chains on the Mudd Ox may be a bit larger than the Argo, but not sure.The bearings and sprockets are very sturdy. It has zerks on all of the bearings, which are sealed nicely, and accessable. The axels are heavy and well mounted in the frame. It looks like they would be fairly easy to change out.
The wheel motors are very heavy duty and are tied to the large hydraulic pump with heavy lines. I can't see how a hose could vibrate and break. The pump is connected to the motor with a sturdy belt-clutch assembly, which is also accessable.That is where I like the Mudd Ox over the Hydro Traxx.
The HT had to be turning at a constant 38-3900 rpm to operate. The Mudd Ox, with the belt-clutch connection has positive power to the pump and can be ran at any rpm neccessary to maintain low speeds as well as high speeds.
I like to run the bogs at low speeds when I'm looking for moose. The Mudd Ox can putt along nice and slow at a slow rpm as necessary, not screaming at 3800 rpm. I found the Mudd Ox very responsive and with the hand-grip throttle, I could control the machine under any condition.
My partner runs an Argo Conquest and has for years. He has never broke a chain and he has pulled my big dually truck out of some nasty mud holes and sand dunes.
I doubt if the Mudd Ox chains would ever be a problem with the heavy chains and sprockets, with normal maintenance.
The most impressive thing I noticed was the external brace that run from the first wheel to the back. It was mounted with sealed bearings also. It braces all of the axels together to protect the axels when a rock or stump gets in the way. I seem to find a lot of stumps in the tall grass. This bracing will certainly help when the wheel extenders and tracks are used.
As far as the counter rotation, I promise you that you won't be doing that at high speeds, if you want to still be sitting in the machine.( It's fun on ice though)
Also, the counter-rotation or hydro-static turning is many times easier on the tires and tracks due to the absence of the ground friction of the "skid-steer".
The tracks and tires will last many times longer and the track guards won't be so prone to dig into the sides of the tires.
The pulling back of the sticks will cause the machine to go in reverse. It stops the machine first, before it backs up.Doing that fast certainly isn't something an experienced operator does. I like it because I have had times when I needed to back up quickly as when I'm about to nose into something I don't want to go in to.