Re: Tracks vs Tracks
I guess it maybe different in Canada, but here the Challenger's are about the same as the Deere's.
They are going for the same prices when you spec them the same. That is why when it comes to track tractors here there are a lot more of the Yellow ones then the Green ones. Now if you are talking used, the Cat's are higher due to higher trade values. The Deere track is the only Deere product that has a bad resell value. At least in this neck of the woods. The Quad track has also recently nose off in resell also.
The pros of a Cat. Ride, Bigger Engine, Heavier Frame, Stronger design, Nice Cab, Transmission is smooth, steering is speed sensitive. You can adjust the track center. Low end power that is unreal. More options...maybe..
Cons of a Cat. Fewer Dealers (depends on Area), less power then a Quad in a turn, but in the straight pull the Quad can't touch it.
Deere 30 series has a nice ride, but the system has air bags, shocks, pins and bushings, that front axle(twin beam ouch) will wear out. The power is good but it isn't using enough displacement IMO. Good for spring work, but you can't lug a Deere, you can't change the center on a Deere. Fixed Boogie wheels so when you go over a bump it is rough. The transmission is nice, the cab is good.
The quad. Leave it on the job site. It is good for pans, but it has no place on a farm. I really like the STX 4WDS, great cabs, power, etc..But the quad is a POS. Fuel Hogs. It burns as much as a Cat but you can't get the work out of it. So your fuel usage per acre(the number that matters) sucks!