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Old 01-05-2018, 01:17 PM
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For the first time in my life I'm almost hip, but I have the wrong make. It's like having a 57 Plymouth instead of a 57 Chevy.

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Old 01-05-2018, 11:37 PM
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Here is a link to the original article from Bloomberg:

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Old 01-06-2018, 01:21 AM
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“Refurbishing a Tucker is easier than one might think”. Yeh, right. Just ask anyone who owns one, or two or three.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:24 AM
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I just keep seeing some wealthy guy buying a pontoon Tucker. "What's a grease gun?". "I have to use it how often?". "You mean every one of those things!!?"

Might be opening up a whole new service business: Mobile track roller lube. One of those high pressure grease pump systems...
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Old 01-06-2018, 11:58 AM
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hey Cider, that is quite a funny picture you paint, I very much agree,

i actually see the Wealthy Guy buying a Snow Track, they drive just like a Volvo, gooding looking machine and they build well over a 1000 more machines than Tucker, and all said and done, a great snow cat to own

I believe that a fully restored Snow Track is far more desirable than a restored Tucker and worth more

Smart money would buy a Snow Track

Love the one I have

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Old 01-06-2018, 12:44 PM
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Sure, Snow Tracs are cooler but no one can ship a Snow Trac back to the factory along with a steamer truck full of $100.00 bills and get it refurbished.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:49 PM
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Sure, Snow Tracs are cooler but no one can ship a Snow Trac back to the factory along with a steamer truck full of $100.00 bills and get it refurbished.
and the wealthy guy will still need a grease gun and have an empty steamer trunk

smart money would buy a a Snow Track
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Old 01-06-2018, 01:03 PM
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I'm with Cider. I need a 55 gallon drum of grease and a pneumatic grease gun. $$$$.

Oh and a latte machine. For trail services.
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PJL's Service cat, all your trail side needs:
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hey Cider, that is quite a funny picture you paint, I very much agree,

i actually see the Wealthy Guy buying a Snow Track, they drive just like a Volvo, gooding looking machine and they build well over a 1000 more machines than Tucker, and all said and done, a great snow cat to own

I believe that a fully restored Snow Track is far more desirable than a restored Tucker and worth more

Smart money would buy a Snow Track

Love the one I have
REALLY?? - that's interesting - my experience with a Snow-trac was rather negative to put it mildly - it does have some advantages like being easy to haul, but reliability was terrible and it wasn't suitable to pull a groomer with - mine had the ice cleats and constantly drove out of it's tracks when turning on heavy packed snow - I wound up swapping many of the small bogie wheels for hardier casters of the same diameter because of having so many flat tires - parts were hard to get ( this was pre internet ) and if the snow was heavy and wet, you needed a 5 acre field to turn around in - my 1344 82 Tucker has been virtually trouble free, pulls a groomer in heavy snow without working up a sweat, and parts are available at our local auto wrecker if I choose to go with used parts, or I can get new parts from the local auto parts outlet
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I really do see a difference, I was referring to the pontoon style Tucker when talking about buying either a Snow Track or Vintage Tucker, the Vintage Tucker is high maintenance, like greasing rollers, and go from there, thus, the Snow Track is neat and clean to own and operate. So, for the Wealthy guy, a Snow Track is a better buy.

yes, i do agree when you compare your rubber track Tucker to a Snow Track, the Tucker is far better, and if you are pulling a groomer, game over for the Snow Track.

And, really the rubber track is a better machine than a older pontooned Tucker in terms of serviceability and getting parts for tracks. FYI, building new pontoons is truly a labor of love.

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Old 01-06-2018, 08:23 PM
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I believe that a fully restored Snow Track is far more desirable than a restored Tucker and worth more

Smart money would buy a Snow Track

Love the one I have
The old Jedi mind trick. "These are not the sno cats you are looking for"
I hope this article isn't correct. I am the type that gets a little sad when I see a large building stuffed with awesome cars that obviously just sit and aren't used. It would be even worse if all of those car collections had a fully restored tucker sitting in the back amongst the Ferrari and corvettes with dead batteries and flat tires.
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Old 01-06-2018, 08:34 PM
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Hmmmn. Pontoon Princess Leia I presume.
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Good point Sean. What could be sadder than a snowcat that never gets out on the snow? Hope this thought doesn't mess up my sleep tonight.
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and i strongly believe that the worst thing you can do, is let a machine sit

for me, it is important is run and use every snow cat I own, and I do

and for the wealthy guy, i still think smart money would buy the snow track...
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:54 PM
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and for the wealthy guy, i still think smart money would buy the snow track...
PP, I'm shocked. Shocked that you've broken faith with the orange faithful!

I suppose it depends on the reason the mythical wealthy guy is buying the snowcat, but in this case I totally don't understand the rationale behind a SnowTrac.

There are threads upon threads on these forums about people searching for obscure parts that are "unobtanium". Often their best option is a well used part - that's in marginally better shape than the worn out one they have.

SnowTracs are neither roomy and comfortable, nor particularly capable. Though I wasn't at the Timberline Lodge get together, I recall seeing photos of a SnowTrac that was unable to climb to the higher lodge. And this was on a packed and groomed trail! Honestly, I was blown away by how capable it wasn't.

The people of significant means that I know want to avoid hassles. When they go on vacation they want one that's painless and without "issues". They are going to want a machine that's comfortable, capable, reliable and easily serviced. None of those are attributes of a SnowTrac.

When they take their private jet out to their mountain hideaway the last thing they want is to have problems with their snowcat getting in to their cabin. Fortunately for them, they have the resources to buy a machine without the typical SnowTrac pitfalls.

I've posted this link before. Listen to the comment at about the 1:25 point: "The snowcat is the best investment we've ever made, Erica." The snowcat in question was none other than...a Tucker.

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i still drink the orange kool aid, if you were buying a vintage machine, and using it on the prefect sunny day, in prefect snow conditions, and given the real world issues with old pontoon tuckers, i still like the snow track

now if you want a snow cat to get to your multi-million dollar mountain cabin and then, money is not the issue, then go brand new and stay, far far far away from vintage snow cats, unless it is lawn art..

and yes, even my antique and very old school over the sno machine, a 1949 Tucker, 2 pontoon machine, did out climb and out preform all the other 2 track machines, including the Snow Track and very late model pissin bullies

still like the Snow Track for the wealthy guy, who buys more for the thought of using it and having it sit next to his Bugatti/Aston Martin V12

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Have snow trac for sale..... send rich person! better idea! Send a really really rich person! Mother need a new washing machine!
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Fun banter, No disrespect for the operator(s) of snow tracs that could not climb Copper peak or Mt Hood (ahem, cough) but right in the ST4 manual is the proper hill climbing procedure for ascending and descending hills.... a terra tracked tucker with out lockers trys to pull things in some situations and is unstoppable in others.

the snow weasel and the tucker family of machines both provide torque while turning, Brake steer machines do as well, just in a more laborsome manner, that upsets situational traction.

Snow tracs are the closest thing to a standard sized automobile. (less intimidating) and are easy to relate to and explain to the neighbor at camp/resort/cottage (insert the regionally correct lingo for a summer home here) while exuding tales of all the wilderness they have traversed....... (Usually on the way to or from a social setting)
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Are hip boots provided with this thread??
I aint never drove a Sno-Cat and I will never do it again.
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