Maxtrax alternatives?

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 08:04
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G'day all, wondering what people have been using as a Maxtrax alternative/clone? Have tried a search, lots of info, but not much on cheaper alternatives. Thanks in advance, John
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Reply By: Member - Des Lexic - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 09:20

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 09:20
John, There is an alternative called Treads.
I did see a comparison between them and Maxtracks and although the treads were about $100 cheaper, the concensus was that you got what you paid for. They do make two sizes which are intended for vehicles (SUV's) that don't have the storage room. They are either 1100mm long or 800mm long whereas the maxtrack are about the 1100mm long.
The comparison was emailed to me and I think it was 4x4 dirt or something similar.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 19:01

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 19:01
Yes, I agree with Des. You get what you pay for.

I once got bogged on the beach near Robe. I required an extraction by a rescue vehicle with a long rope. The cost was $300.

At a once off cost of less than this for a pair of Maxtrax, it should be obvious that the investment is worth while.
Maxtrax have a proven reputation, the clones are simply inferior copies priced lower to get sales.

I purchased mine for $285 which included "tell tale" streamers to find the buggers under the sand or bog. Sometimes you will see them for a little cheaper at the trade 4WD days.

The only quality alternative I researched, are the Greatmates which can also be used as bridging ladders, but they don't provide as good traction as the Maxtrax and are considerably heavier.
I settled on a pair of Maxtrax.

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Reply By: Member - cherrywipe - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 09:41

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 09:41
Hi,
Try www.treds4x4.com.
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:06

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:06
Hi John,
Do a search for bog bags.
www.bogbags.com.au
I reckon they look the goods for sand. Mud might be differebt though.
Cheers, Bob
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:07

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:07
I have Maxtrax, they are great on Sand, I haven't used them in any other situation.

Treds are more recent and cheaper ( except when Maxtrax are on sale at Rays Outdoors)

They seem to be 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.

As I see it,
Maxtrax pluses
-Mounting system and pins work available and work well
-More options, links etc


Treds pluses
-Wider track for tyre, despite narrower overall.
-smaller size might be good for some storage.
-slightly lighter, though this may make them weaker.

One thing is the knobles(?) on them both. The Treds ones look chunkier which should make it last longer, the ones on the Maxtrax are thinner and damage easily, though they might give better traction. One thing for sure is that if I am in a remote area and lend my Maxtrax to a stranger who is stuck, I would "sell" them to the person and offer to "buy them back" if they did not get stuffed by excessive wheel spin.



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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14
The knobs on treads are not as strong as Maxtrax. Both will wear off if wheels spin but the plastic used in the Treds does not seem to be as "hard" as Maxtrax and as a result the knobs wear down with normal use where the Maxtrax last - that is until some goose who you have lent them too leadfoots it out of a bog :-(

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:48

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:48
Interesting Garry, if that is the case then I would definitely buy Maxtrax again. The only way I see that I would need to replace them is excessive wear from wheel spin.

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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:45

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:45
I don't have either yet, but I've been considering both and read a lot of reviews and comments about them. Garrycol's is the first time I've seen anything about the plastic in Treds not being as strong or wearing down fast with normal use. Irrespective, if they become unusable "with normal use" Treds gives you a lifetime warranty. Maxtrax warranty is 2 years. Treds are Oz made, don't know about Maxtrax. Both are Oz companies iirc? Lots of positive comments from users about Maxtrax's out there.

This brief summary might help:
http://blog.mud-maps.com/blog/2013/category/max-trax-vs-tredds are an Australian company if that makes any difference.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:47

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:47
Sorry about that mess after the link.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 06:34

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 06:34
I was in Rays Outdoors yesterday, there was a set of Maxtrax right next to a set of Treds so I thought of this thread.

Side by side, the nobbles of the Treds do look more substantial, and they have a nice set of grips at the beginning of the ramp which I am sure would help. The big ones are also a little wider.

On the other hand, the Maxtrax definitely seem to be a stronger plastic, can be used from either end, doubling their life, stack better and take up less space for a similar usable size. Their mounting system with locks, mounts etc is better too.

I would go Maxtrax again, but mainly cause I know they work well. Either would do the job and would be 100% better than nothing.

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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:40

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:40
If you are using them for mud the I don't have an opinion, but if you want to use them for sand then a cheap option is carpet, yes I have used rolls of carpet to get out of sand and it works a treat in fact it has never failed.

You only need 4 pieces about 2 mtrs long and 400 mm wide for each wheel they roll up smaller than the Maxtrax and you can get off cuts from your local carpet supplier in most cases for nothing.

Hope this helps

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 15:25

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 15:25
I started using shade cloth, then moved to carpet, both end up in a mess. Carpet is is better but not a patch on my Maxtrax for ease of use and lack of mess I gotta say, especially if the ground is wet.

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:22

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:22
This matter has been discussed at length on most of the 4wd forums.

There are some people who have been using shade cloth with success for a very long time.

The method is different......and ya cant beat the cost.

Those who are having success seem to be using 5 or 6 meter lengths tucking the front edge in deep and covering the whole length in sand before trying to drive on it.

$300 buys a hell of a lot of shade cloth.

anything is a bugger in mud.

cheers
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Reply By: allein m - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:54

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:54
There was a post some time back where some one had lent his max trax to some one who damaged them not a happy camper
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Reply By: Winner W - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:30

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:30
If you want to go cheap but effective go for MILKTRAX or Breadtrax, Use the flat sections of bread or milk crates .Take a few industrial strength cable ties to tie them together in such a way they can still fold flat and there you go. It works but it does look a bit feral.............
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:39

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 12:39
And everytime I have seen them used, the sections of milk crate get ripped apart.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:16

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 14:16
Aww C'mon Winner ... you can't expect the good folk of Toorak to drive around with MilkTrax strapped on the roof of their Rangies.

That's enough to get one kicked out of the Polo club.

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Winner W - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 16:13

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 16:13
True true ! But those latte drinkers never take them fourbys off road anyway. I have the maxtrax and they are good but also used the milktrax on the outback farm bogs or when do 4wd tracks. We only use the milktrax to get out of sand or mud( which I hate driving through) to give a larger surface area for the wheels. They definitely are not going to work the same as Treds or Maxtrax . I use them even where I have to protect my lawn when reversing my 2T boat over them and they dont break . I tie 3 bread crates in series to give me a nice 1.5 m long track . If I let my mates or boys use the Maxtrax they wont last one recovery!
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 16:07

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 16:07
there are plenty of chinese copies available on E bay and well under half the cost of Maxtrax
I looked at treads at syd 4x4show and considered them too short to be any good
ended up buying 'Mallee tracks" thru another forum
compared them against a mates genuine maxtrax and the cheap ones dont have the rim around the edge and this makes them look alot weaker but they are in fact are the same thickness as the maxtrax. they are 1200mm long
at $125 a set in a carry bag I am prepared to take my chances.
Infact I know they work because we carried them on our simpson geocentre trip didnt need them.
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Follow Up By: katepaul - Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 13:17

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Hi this is off the subject but could you show me or post some photos of your internal set up of your canopy please I am looking for ideas for ours thanks in anticipation kate
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 14:52

Saturday, Sep 07, 2013 at 14:52
Kate,
let me have your email and i will forward some photos.
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Follow Up By: katepaul - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 15:33

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 15:33
Thanks howard it is paulkatie@optusnet.com.au I have to list here because I am not a member yet
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 20:40

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Reply By: Nutta - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 18:07

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 18:07
https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys/saturday-24-august-2013/saturday-detail-wk34/ps/p/4wd-recovery-tracks/

Some aldi shops should still sell them, i saw 4 sets on tuesday.
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Reply By: Fatbaz - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 19:03

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 19:03
From Baz
Do a search on waffle boards or Gratemates. Just bought a set about $200.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:31

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:31
I have them & they support the weight of the vehicle & can be used as bridging ramps for washouts.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 22:46

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 22:46
The long handled shovel is what most people use instead of Maxtrax.
Never wanted a set of Maxtrax - plenty of others ways to deal with soft sand.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 21:03

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 21:03
Phill,

Not when you are buried in deep coarse sand and the tide is on its way in.
Had a long handled shovel with me. Didn't work mate.

I had a $1 copy of a 4WD guide to the beach driving around Little Dip NP put out by the local 4WD Club. Nowhere did it mention that there was in fact two beaches where you should never venture down towards the waters edge.
I was on one of them.

Usually, the sand is firmer below the high tide mark, but on these two beaches the reverse is the case. The sand is that coarse and soft, that as soon as one drives over the high tide mark you sink to the axles.
I'm sure the Maxtrax would have got me out quickly and with a lot less stress than waiting for the local "extractor" to arrive.
Lucky I was in mobile range of help.

As an aside, a young couple traveling up on the high "track" ventured down to assist and yep, they got bogged too. The Contractor only charged the one call out fee to extract us both.
As fate would have it this day, I discovered I had left my wallet in my other jeans back at camp and this lovely couple paid the fee for me up front. We obtained the location of the caravan park they were staying at from them and promised to pay the money back to them.
As soon as we got back to Robe and recovered my wallet, we ventured off to the other caravan park to find them, stopping at a pub on the way to buy them a gift of champagne for their trouble.
I paid them back the $300 and they insisted the four of us should polish off the champagne, which we did in pretty short time.
It was great having a couple of young folk who were absolute strangers to us, forking out a considerable amount of money without knowing if they would ever get it back again.

One of those times you are impressed with the trust placed in other humans.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:26

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 23:26
I have x-trax. They are heavy rubber and wire roll up matting. Easy to carry and work the same but can be used on uneven surfaces. If you really get stuck then the exhaust jack works well. It has saved me twice now.
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Reply By: Sandman - Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:46

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:46
Good luck on your research.....

The day I sunk down to the floor pan in the Finke River with 12psi in the tyres, I can only say thankfully I had the maxtrax and a shovel...They just work :-)
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Reply By: Nutta - Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 14:43

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 14:43
I purchased a set of the aldi ones yesterday and have to say i was really impressed with them, they are rock solid, maybe feel a bit large but good value for money for $130-.
I may never use them anyway so feel comfortable saving some dough.

On top of that aldi have their 2 month return policy and 1 or 2 yr warranty, so pretty hard to beat.
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