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Nyrim Track Pads Stave Off Sinking in Swampy, Sodden Soil

Wed December 09, 2009 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Over the last few years BLS has had a number of applications for its Nyrim track pads, developed for low ground pressure applications. Last year Roy Strom Excavating and Grading Company, of Chicago, Ill., purchased Nyrim tracks pads to dig underneath a skyscraper being built in downtown Chicago. Its machines were sinking into the Lake Michigan clay before it tried the Nyrim track pads. Strom purchased more Nyrim track pads this year for another machine that it plans to use. A couple years ago Thornnton Equipment Services Inc., Mokena, Ill., used Nyrim track pads on its Gradall excavator while digging up old concrete pipe on wetlands. The steel tracks that were previously being used were causing the machine to sink into the soft ground.

This year Ahntech Inc., of Stompy Point, N.C., is using 47.2 in. (120 cm) wide Nyrim track pads on its John Deere 120C. Ahntech is cutting ditch banks in a very swampy area using a mower head on the end of the machine. The total weight of the John Deere machine with the mower head comes to 28,850 lbs. (13,086 kg). The Nyrim pads are 15 to 20 lbs. (6.8 to 9 kg) lighter than the original 24 in. (61 cm) steel grouser shoes that came standard on the machine, according to Ahntech’s Kevin Goudy. Using the Nyrim track pads reduced the total weight of the machine between 1,500 and 2,000 lbs. (680 and 907 kg). This enabled Goudy to walk the machine over the swampy areas without having to worry about the machine sinking and getting stuck.

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