Check tracks are com­pat­i­ble

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

WITH THE WET WIN­TER SEA­SON AL­READY HERE, MOST CREWS run­ning skid­ders will have al­ready started us­ing chains on their tyres to gain trac­tion, but do you have the right ones fit­ted?

There is more to match­ing tracks to tyres than just match­ing the size, ac­cord­ing to Max Stew­art from Tyre­max, New Zealand’s Nokian tyre dis­trib­u­tor.

“One com­mon mis­take seems to have been the one-size-fits-all per­cep­tion,” says Max, “where users as­sume that a set of tracks fits a cer­tain tyre, then it’s com­pat­i­ble with any other tyre of the same size.”

Not so, un­for­tu­nately, and if tracks are fit­ted to in­com­pat­i­ble tyres, it will void any war­ranty of­fered by the man­u­fac­turer and can re­sult in ex­pen­sive and in­con­ve­nient pre­ma­ture tyre fail­ure.

“Nokian pride them­selves on man­u­fac­tur­ing only the best forestry tyre prod­ucts and they have a pre­mium guar­an­tee to match – they treat tyre per­for­mance ex­tremely se­ri­ously,” adds Max.

“But the wrong set up can re­sult in thou­sands of dol­lars wasted through down­time and tyre fail­ure.”

Get­ting the right in­for­ma­tion be­fore com­mit­ting to a track or tyre pur­chase can save a lot of money and time. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on track com­pat­i­bil­ity con­tact Nokian NZ on 0800 NOKIAN (0800 665 426) or email


Proper use of chains can ex­tend the life of tyres.

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