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CATRESERVE

So how do you get a broken tracked groomer out of the woods?

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When a groomer breaks down in the woods it is BAD...real BAD.  Despite the loss of the ability to make nice trails for a spell...the actual work it takes to either fix it on the trail in the middle of the woods in cold weather and many times in the dark, limited access for tools, supplies and manpower you got to get it done no matter what (and the groomer operator needs to walk out or get a ride out).  So if you can't fix it trail side or limp it out...you need to get it out.  That is no small task especially for a large machine.  Our machine is smaller but none-the-less still quite a bit of work to get it out.  We ended up finding a 8 foot truck bed liner and cutting it in 1/2 length wise.  We put one 1/2 under one side track and the other 1/2 under the other side and secured it with a ratchet strap.  We got a backhoe back in the woods on the trail to pull it out to a waiting ramp truck.   Came out slick as sh**.

Video below of Fort Mountain Trailwinders in Epsom getting out of the woods despite a night "try to fix it on the trail" in single number temps the night before.

So when you see those jugs in dealers, restaurants and local stores  with "contribute to the trail fund"  make sure you do your financial part please!

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Very nice job and great yankee knowhow!  Now I hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get her fixed!

 

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5 minutes ago, rivercat said:

Very nice job and great yankee knowhow!  Now I hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get her fixed!

 

Can't seem to upload the video

 

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Great job, saw someone using a roll up flat sled under the rear of his snowmobile to get it towed out of the woods.

Always try to hit the jars, we know how important they are.

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7 hours ago, pekabu said:

What model is that? 

 

Formatic.  Similar to a Piston Bully sort of.

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I've seen "Formatic" groomers,  never this model before.  There's one called the "Frosty".  Interesting machine.  Sorry you had to drag it out.  Any idea what went wrong?  (Engine, hydraulics?).  Great idea on the bed liner.

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46 minutes ago, pekabu said:

I've seen "Formatic" groomers,  never this model before.  There's one called the "Frosty".  Interesting machine.  Sorry you had to drag it out.  Any idea what went wrong?  (Engine, hydraulics?).  Great idea on the bed liner.

Drive motor we think.

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48 minutes ago, CATRESERVE said:

Drive motor we think.

I wonder if the Formatic has a feature like the BR180's.  On one of them you remove a bolt/cover, push a pin in, and then flip the cover over to disengage the drive motor.   The older machine there's a larger plate that you flip over.  We've only had to do it with the new machine though.

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We had a motor lock up back about 6 years ago in the middle of the woods. We had to take the tracks off and hooked another groomer blade to blade and pulled it out that way. Luckily it was cold and the trail was set up hard. Ended up a spring on the torque plate had come apart and locked the motor up so now engine damage just a bunch of labor to get to it.

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There is no "freewheel" bypass on this machine.  We are hoping for the best...should know soon.

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17 hours ago, gunmaker said:

AAA???

ROTFLMFAO!!!!!:lol:

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