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I am wondering what solutions you all have found for managing lugs (especially spade lugs) on concrete floors.

I have spent a lot of time planking tractors back to their parking spaces and leaving them parked on planks, but this is such a hassle. I have moved tractors with angle iron lugs on the concrete when I get lazy, but I don't like to do that, either.

I have a couple potential good parking spaces just inside the doors of our building where if I had the right protective material to lay down, the tractors would see daylight a lot more often. These are smaller tractors I'm talking about -- 12-24 Hart Parr and similar.

Apologies if this has been discussed in the past -- I didn't really find a thread on it.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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I use rubber conveyer belting to move mine on angle lugs. don't know if it would do much with spade lugs
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I've got 18 in wide strips of 3/8" conveyor belting laid on my concrete floors in my shop where I park lugged tractors. Also have the same belting on my trailer deck to protect the wood. My son got 150 feet of used stuff from an outfit he works for.
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Most aggregate and concrete producers have piles of used belting they are willing to get rid of for little or no cost. For them to dispose of it requires special handling and disposal methods. They usually give it away for the asking.
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I cut the tread off of junk rear tractor tires with a sawzall, I also use these on my trailer when I haul tractors with spade lugs. Sometimes in the shop its a combination of those rubber treads and 2x wood. You have to have long wide pieces on wood because sharp lugs will pick up boards sometimes and send them into the fenders, don't ask me how I know.
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Brian, I use old snowmobile tracks, I even use them on the deck of trailer. Jim
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Default Re: Lugs on Concrete

Keeping the lugs off the concrete is a good idea, wether it be belting or wood. Concrete is alkaline (lime), and in humid conditions will corrode bare iron. It won't do much to the lugs, but you will get rust stains on the floor, if you just park it, especially if the floor has a rough surface.
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Default Re: Lugs on Concrete

Leaving aside expense for a minute, what would you guys think about something like this.

Maybe lay down a 10'X30' area where I could park, say, three tractors. Not likely as durable as conveyor belt or snowmobile tracks, but maybe not so bad?
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I can tell you that even conveyor belting protection will chip the concrete, kind of like when you hit your head, ball cap doesn't get cut but the head will.
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It won't chip it real bad but it will leave a mark. Skidsteer rubber tracks were mentioned above, that's a really good option, just have to cut off the tangs that stick up. Our club had some of that donated, I suppose when they gat worn out they are just thrown away.
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I second Russ's suggestion.My local Cat dealer is happy to give me all the used skidsteer tracks I want.Very thick rubber!
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