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Thomas Skid Steer Loader Converts From Tracks to Rubber Flotation Tires

Sat August 19, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The new T320 from Thomas offers more than 7,000 lbs. (3175 kg) of breakout force provided by a Kubota turbocharged diesel that produces more than 87.4 hp (65.2 kw).

The Thomas model T320 features a track design that uses large diameter front and rear open sprockets. This self-cleaning design provides increased track wrap, 180-degrees around the drive sprockets, which eliminate track slippage or ratcheting and its associated wear.

The T320 is equipped with a full 18-in. (46 cm) wide track that provides stability on slopes.

The track features an extra long 4.9-in. (13 cm) pitch and is a full 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) thick. This produces larger and deeper traction pads with wider spacing to provide superior self cleaning, traction, floatation and most importantly, a longer wear life.

The T320 track’s offset, wide traction pads ensure that one pad is always in contact with the ground for smooth, vibration-free ride at any speed.

With its two-speed drive system, the T320 has a low speed high torque work range plus a quick, up to 12.3 mph (19.8 kmh) travel range.

Tracks provide increased flotation and traction in the worst conditions, allowing contractors to extend their work season, creating increased revenue opportunities.

The T320 is designed so it can be quickly converted from tracks to 12 by 16.5 flotation tire, four-wheel drive, eliminating unnecessary track and drive system wear when the benefits of tracks are not required.

In addition to the loaders’ standard 21 gpm (79.5 Lpm) auxiliary hydraulic circuit, an optional high flow hydraulic package is available.

The high flow hydraulic package puts out 40 gpm (151.4 Lpm) and 3,000 psi.

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