Why are second hand rubber tracked crawlers so cheap?

DrWazzock

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Location
Lincolnshire
I imagine the tracks would be expensive to replace. How long do they last? What else adds to running costs? I used to hear stories about expensive transmission faults in the early days but have these not been worked through or ironed out?
 

Clive

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BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
I imagine the tracks would be expensive to replace. How long do they last? What else adds to running costs? I used to hear stories about expensive transmission faults in the early days but have these not been worked through or ironed out?
its not the tracks really, modern big tyres can cost near as much

it’s transmissions in my experience that get a lot more hammer it seems and are VERY expensive to repair

Big HP is expensive to service and repair on tracks or wheels though
 
Depends on the brand and then model. The claas challenger 75e we owned didn’t cost a penny in the 4500 hours we put in it, other than routine servicing. It cost £4.44/hr in depreciation which I’m sure if we’d kept it (like we should of done!) that would of halved by now.

JD’s are bad for depreciation though, even though I’m half looking for one 🤦🏻‍♂️
 

haybob

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Livestock Farmer
I've seen retirement sales with really smart crawlers make 20-30k. Must be painful for vendors to see what was over 100k to them when they bought it
 

rob h

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Location
east yorkshire
I keep looking at cat 45 but ploughing Is really the only job it would do better than my wheeled tractor Also not much use on a trailer so a bit of a luxury just for 1job
 

snarling bee

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Arable Farmer
Location
Bedfordshire
Challenger flat track transmissions are good for 35'000 hrs, back end re bearing at 12,000, CAT engines, undercarriage okay, what's not to like if you want a cheap tug.
Twin tracks are now out of fashion, that's why they are cheap. Fendt have sold almost no MTs in the last couple of years in the UK.
Big wheeled Fendts and 8RXs are now in vogue.
 

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