1. Why are ATI tracks shorter and wider rather than longer and narrower like most other track units?
    Shorter tracks allow the vehicle to turn easier. The ATI tracks provide the same or more ground contact area so flotation is the same or better than other track units.
  2. How many grease fittings on the ATI tracks need to be serviced daily?
    There are no grease fittings on ATI track modules, therefore, none to be serviced daily. The wheel hubs are filled with 15 w 40 Engine Oil for temperate applications and synthetic oil for arctic applications with only annual checking recommended. The spindle hub bearings are packed with grease for lifetime lubrication. The only daily service is checking and cleaning material buildup between the wheels and track frame if necessary and observing the tension cylinder pressure gauge.
  3. What do I have to do to tension the belt?
    The system comes pre-tensioned and charged from the factory. A sight gauge allows regular observation of belt tension pressure. If necessary, hydraulic oil can be added through a charge port.
  4. Does the drive wheel build up with material?
    No, a scraper mounted inside the drive wheel removes material continuously.
  5. What is the speed reduction from wheels to ATI tracks?
    Unlike competitive units that can reduce speed up to 50% or more, the large diameter drive wheel on ATI tracks results in very little speed reduction. Depending on size of the tires removed, the speed reduction will usually be around 18%.
  6. What limits rotation of the tracks around the axle?
    Oscillation stops are provided on the inside of the track module that mount to the axle housing or vehicle frame and limit rotation of the track module.
  7. How do you keep the tracks aligned straight?
    There is no operator alignment necessary. By design the undercarriage is very rigid and in manufacturing the shaft bores are all machined in one operation that insures excellent alignment between the bores. This, combined with the straight cables in the heavy duty Camoplast belts, eliminates the need for complex alignment mechanisms that need to be adjusted, serviced and replaced.
  8. Where is the track company located and tracks shipped from?
    Company is located in Mt. Vernon, IN. Tracks and will call orders are shipped from there.
  9. Can Combine tracks be moved from one combine to another?
    Yes, the majority of late model combines have a 10 bolt rim pattern and 11 inch pilot center. The only requirement, if you are moving from one brand to a different brand, may be changing the oscillation stops. Oscillation stops can be purchased as a part item from ATI.
  10. Can combine tracks be put on a tractor?
    Yes, this installation will need different oscillation stops and potentially different adaptor plates to mount to the axle mounting flange.
  11. Can I put your tracks on a pull unit such as a grain cart?
    ATI tracks have not been put on grain carts but are available for scraper pans.
  12. How long does it take to mount tracks on a combine or tractor?
    The first one you do will probably take two people 2.5-3 hours per module. With more experience that should be about 1.5 hours per module. Tractor installations will be slightly longer the first time to install the oscillation stops.
  13. Does it hurt to have tracks travel long distances on the road?
    No, combines transported longer distances should have the header removed and an empty grain tank. Tractors, construction, geophysical equipment and forestry applications can be transported in field configuration.
  14. Will the rubber track get damaged if I put on a combine with a cutting head?
    A stalk stomper is required with a cutting head to prevent stubble damage to the tracks.
  15. Is it necessary to have a rear wheel assist on my combine when I put tracks on?
    It's an option, not required but it does help.
  16. Does my combine need to be spec'd in any way to accommodate the tracks?
    Combines should be ordered with the Dual Wheel Option or 10" or larger spacers, depending on the machine.
  17. Why should I spend the extra money for high idler modules over the standard model?
    The high idler configuration provides the ultimate in flotation with the aggressive approach angle allowing the module to climb over most obstacles. The approach angle also causes most surface debris to be pulled under the track eliminating a buildup ahead of the track in very soft soil conditions.
  18. How can I justify investment in ATI track systems?
    While the initial investment is higher, ATI tracks have a higher resale value. If you choose they can be retained when the machine is traded and used on the next machine since they are already capable of the heavier machines in the future.
  19. Whom do I contact about ATI track systems?
    Just click on Contact Us on the website homepage and you will be directed to the correct sales contact for your area.