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#1 MNBlizzard

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Posted 22 July 2020 - 06:47 PM

Does anyone here know of a club that is looking to sell their Tucker groomer? My club is on a tight budget but has worked diligently to raise funds allowing us to upgrade into new technology and diesel power. PM me if you know of any for sale or can help us out. I am aware of what is for sale at the retail shops.


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Posted 22 July 2020 - 08:18 PM

John Dee has a groomer section on his site I believe

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 07:18 AM

Search Facebook Snow grooming equipment for sale..
Lots of them come up.

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Posted 23 July 2020 - 09:14 AM

 The AWSC  has a section for grooming stuff for sale too


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Posted 25 July 2020 - 01:42 PM

Club has been debating this for a bit now.

Yes tucker is the name brand in the industry.

But once putting a pencil to paper the cost effectiveness of 

a tractor on tracks is tough to beat.

Tracks come off and Tractor grooms the ATV trail in the summer also.

No difference end of the day in the way the trail looks by both vehicles tucker to tractor.

The Dollar per hour to operate is what keeps the clubs alive

Club needs to make Money to be able to reinvest in basic maintenance and future projects 

Many small clubs are not afraid of having a note out and only few run flush.

Its a business at the end of the day and needs to be run accordingly.



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Posted 25 July 2020 - 04:14 PM

The Sawyer county snowmobile alliance which is made up of 11 snowmobile clubs is the largest single owner of trail grooming equipment in the world. Over the past several years they converted mostly to tractors for grooming. They realized that was a mistake. Now they are going back to grooming specific machines. The last purchase was a Pistenbully. Awesome machine.

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 05:09 PM

Tractor with tracks is not as effective as dedicated groomer.

Flat terrain, lower snow levels they work well though.

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 05:20 PM

Big snow tractor can’t handle it.

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 11:34 PM

Club has been debating this for a bit now.
Yes tucker is the name brand in the industry.
But once putting a pencil to paper the cost effectiveness of
a tractor on tracks is tough to beat.
Tracks come off and Tractor grooms the ATV trail in the summer also.
No difference end of the day in the way the trail looks by both vehicles tucker to tractor.
The Dollar per hour to operate is what keeps the clubs alive
Club needs to make Money to be able to reinvest in basic maintenance and future projects
Many small clubs are not afraid of having a note out and only few run flush.
Its a business at the end of the day and needs to be run accordingly.


My club has had ridiculously poor lifespan on their converted tractor's tracks, then to top it off,the place that did the conversion had the OEM tires and wheels vanish. The machine also gets the worst fuel efficiency of all 3 machines they run. A very similar tractor on tires gets the best, and a pisten bully comes in mid pack,but pisten bully parts are Murder. I think the plan is to dump the oldest machine (tires) and get a tucker. Not sure if its happening though. We run plenty of swamps, and they don't always freeze so well, so low ground pressure helps a ton. And prevents too many detours.

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Posted 25 July 2020 - 11:39 PM

Tractor with tracks is not as effective as dedicated groomer.

Flat terrain, lower snow levels they work well though.

The only problem I see is ground pressure. If you aren't breaking trail through super deep stuff, snow amount shouldn't matter. A decent sized tractor can easily out pull a dedicated snow machine,and should be easier to sell to a farmer when it's time to move on.

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 05:14 AM

our club has 10 year old Massey and 3 year old Pistenbully  the Massey uses less than half fuel base on 10 hour day  very little cost on repairs and when parts needed they are available at dealer pistenbully has broke down lots in 3 years and have waited 4 week for parts now pistenbully is nice to drive looks great but cost wise not so good and massey will go places pisten bully it won't  operators are a big different to on any of them 



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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:07 AM

Prinoth, piston bully, have great floatation but are a money pit and a pita to work on tractor kits have their issues too but are a much better choice imo

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:23 AM

This one sat for three years.. Ran last year for five days.

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:46 AM

I was part of a committee in our club to decide on a tractor or another Tucker 10yrs ago. We ended up with 2 tractors and tracks eventually. Price was big, but we also figured out how to rent the tractor to one of the big farms in our area. That was huge for making payments go away quickly. The tractors have had some issues, some could be driver or just poor marking of trail putting tractor in bad positions. But overall I’d say the drivers enjoy the tractor over a Tucker for vision alone and it’s not fatiguing. But as others said, it doesn’t float in swamps, but neither did a Tucker for us. I’ve never driven our tractors with tracks, but others have said they are very good. Deep snow, I think you gotta know you can’t maybe take the whole snow bank in one shot, multiple shots are better solution if possible. If you have lots of hills, screws in the tracks might benefit also. But at end of the day, every club sees it differently.

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:13 AM

Groomers are not a one type fits all.  If you groom in a low area with swamps there is only one solution a groomer with low ground pressure.  If you are grooming open logging roads a tractor can be a great fit.  Our club has had both types and each do better in certain areas.  The biggest thing I think most clubs struggle at is preventive maintenance if its not done as it should be its a plague that will stick with the power unit its entire life.  Everyone doesn't mind driving but for some reason when the maintenance needs to be done people are busy.


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