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Unread 15th November 2012, 06:15 AM
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I think they are fairly new.
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Unread 15th November 2012, 09:00 PM
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Interesting find Barry. Will have a look at those.
Greg,
The vendor is one of the moderators on MySwag.org. - a local camper trailer forum.
Seems a decent bloke, consistent with that forum, which is pretty much like ORS in terms of the people whom it attracts.
I'm going to give these a go when I 're-equip'.
Cheaper than MaxTrax, similar but different - i.e. not a 'knock off', and less bulky and HEAPS lighter than my old sand tracks.
I also like the 'discrete' carry bag, so much less likely to attract 'tea leafs' when loaded on the roof rack than bright orange MaxTrax.
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http://www.smittybilt.com/product/index/166.htm

Might as well toss these into the discussion, not sure if they are available down there?
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The Smittybilt ones seem to be exactly the same as the ones Barry linked to. I guess the Mallee Tracks are just a re-branded import. I assume they both come from the same manufacturer.
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Unread 16th November 2012, 10:23 AM
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That's interesting sjm. Haven't heard of Smittybilt here, but if they are a name brand in the USA that augers well for the design.
I wonder which came first, them or the MaxTrax?
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Pretty sure Max Trax came first, there is a pretty good comparison test over at ExPo

FWIW Smittybilt is a bit of a "value" brand over here.

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A mate of mine had a pair of Bushranger recovery tracks more than 10 years ago. They were great but they don't seem to make them anymore. Now it's just the X trac.
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The 800mm TREDs are $135 for a pair at SuperCheap at the moment, compared to $300 for a pair of MaxTrax.
The 1100mm TREDs (similar length to the MaxTrax) are $194.

Feeling awfully tempted by the little TREDs at the moment. Sure they're not as good as the MaxTrax, but at a saving of $165 they're surely a lot better than nothing.

A couple of years ago I got bogged in Roxsie II while running a photography workshop in western Victoria about 15m from the paved road. This was on a dirt (mud) road down to the beach and we got bogged about 5m from our destination for a sunrise shoot, so we left her there until after sunrise.
I hadn't really prepared for off-road operations as it wasn't on the agenda so it took a bit of scrounging for sticks/rocks/etc to stuff under the wheels before she came out. I had any of these devices it would probably have been a straightforward drive out (and less embarrassing with paying clients in the car!). The 800mm tracks would certainly be easier to have in the back without putting the racks on top (there are tarps in the back already to wrap dirty tracks in).
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I have milk crate bottoms that I've cut out. They work great but proper ones like MaxTrax/TREDs would be better. I'd go for the TREDs, you cant use them as a bridge over holes as they'll bend but for the price are good value. Tie hi-vis rope to the end so even if they sink in deep mud you'll still be able to find them lol
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I have to ask/suggest would 4x The 800mm TREDs @ $135 a pair (total $270 for four tracks) be much better for recovery than 1 pair MaxTrax @$300= 2 tracks????
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