siduramaxde, what style of tracks do you have? Does the lug pattern of the tracks run straight across the track, or are the lugs on the left side offset from the lugs on the right?
The pattern of the track lugs not only determines the amount of traction that can be generated on a given surface, but it also contributes to the pounding as the lugs rotate around the front idler. Of course running on a compact surface just amplifies the fact that there is very little give in the track suspension.
I would like to hear from others what brand tracks and lug style of they run and how they rate the ride and traction on different surfaces.
When I bought the loader it had the original “straight bar” bridgestone tracks but they were in pretty rough shape. I have since replaced them with the offset “c” lug bridgestone tracks. The ride on pavement is slightly better but it is still pretty rough riding when carrying a load.
I plow snow with the machine and I use a 10' Daniels snow pusher. The pusher weighs quite a bit and when I am have the pusher off the ground the ride is bad. You can feel every cog on the track. But, when I put the pusher on the ground to push snow the ride is much better.
I have used a JD CTL and I have never seen tracks come off a machine so much (and for no reason). The ride is better than my T200 but I'm not spending that much money on a machine I only use 150+/- hours a year. I also do not want to deal with retracking the JD when it's snowing and cold/windy.
FYI: My machine also had all new rollers and idlers put on about 500 hours ago and their function seems to be fine.