Maxtrax, TREDs whatever. Used them? Would you buy again?

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Just wondering what people's thoughts are on Maxtrax, TREDs etc etc.

Have you found them useful or not as good as you were hoping?

Have you been able to use them several times or do they wear out quickly as bits melt on them (I've heard if you spin a wheel on them you can melt the studs on them. I'm guessing this makes them useless afterwards??).

Would you buy them again?

Thanks,
Matt.

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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:04

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:04
I have 6 maxtracks, don't leave home without at least 4 on board.
Work brilliantly.

Yes you can burn off the studs if you are stupid and just sit there spinning the wheels - maybe why you are stuck in the first place.
You can buy aftermarket replacement studs to repair Maxtraxs.

Yes I'd buy again as they work.
Other brands are shorter, bulkier and don't work so well as shovels etc
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:07

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:07
Thanks Malcolm M I appreciate the reply and useful info.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 23:11

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 23:11
Maxtrax seem to be one of the most popular sand tracks what other brands have you tried that are not as good as the Maxtrax and what sort of problems did you encounter with them Malcom.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:08

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:08
Wouldn't go without my Maxtrax - more likely to be used than a winch or a snatch in my view (though wouldn't be without the latter either).
Have used the Maxtrax myself a few times, including on the Simpson and Googs - and many more times to help out others.
Wheelspin can do damage, and one guy I helped using shortened a few lugs for me - but they are pretty durable.....an essential piece of kit if you're serious about off-roading.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:23

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:23
Hi Matt

They are brilliant and are worth their weight in gold if you have to use them.

I have the original ones and my pair would have to be over 8 years old. Yes you can damage to the small studs, but if you follow the instructions, you should have no problems.

I have only used our twice in mud and given them for another person to use in a recovery in a real bad mud bogging again. I have never had the opportunity to use them in sand, which is a pity, as I prefer a sand bog any day over mud....

On our trip last year, I did not take them thinking we would not have to use them..but with luck on our side when doing the Cape Arnhem beach drive in Arnhem Land , we survived any worrying beach bogs. So the lesson I have learnt from that drive, never leave home without them.

Would I buy them again....yes and in fact I am after another set seeing that we now tow a camper.

The only bad reports that I have heard of are for the cheap knock off copies of MaxTrax.

Stick to the original and you will be more than impressed if you have to use them.



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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:43

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:43
Thanks for your great reply Stephen L, much appreciated.
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:51

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:51
I got a set for fathers day one year. I can report that they are a good base for a trailer jockey wheel when setting up camp in sand. Other than that they are in mint condition.
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Reply By: cookie1 - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:53

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 14:53
Bought a set in 2010 after getting stuck with 2 other vehicles watching my car fill up full of water until one helped after assuring I would buy a new set of work boots for her if they got damaged :(

Had to use them twice but numerous times for others and yes they have faded over time but still work brilliantly - I do not go off without them.

Just bought another set as BCF had them Club Members rate of $239.00 but noticed they have shrunk in size a little so don't stack onto the old ones but I will carry 4 now.

As Stephen stated, the only ones I have heard about having issues are the copies of the Maxtrax

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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 15:37

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 15:37
Thanks for the useful reply cookie1.
I just went and signed up as a BCF member, just in case those Maxtrax come back on sale.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Member - peter_mcc - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 16:05

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 16:05
Sign up to Ozbargain and set a search for Maxtrax - they were on special for $201.60 just before Christmas!
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/search/node/maxtrax?s=t
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 16:13

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 16:13
Great stuff, thanks peter_mcc. I just went did exactly that, thanks.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:55

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I bought mine from Super cheap Auto for $229 on special, so that could come around again. Michael.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 11:19

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BCF catalogue has maxtrax for $239 until 29 of March.
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Reply By: Member - peter_mcc - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 15:03

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 15:03
I have 4 and have used them a few times in sand towing a camper trailer. They were invaluable - once was in the Gasgoyne River with no trees anywhere near me to winch off. The other times they were great - a bit of digging then the car escaped from the sand and away we went.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 17:09

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 17:09
I carry a set of 4 maxtrax with an additional two if towing the trailer.

I'd like to say I've never used them, but that would be telling porkies.

Are they worth having - absolutely.

Would I buy them again? Hope not too as they are still in mint condition because I've used them correctly and carefully.

Quick to deploy and store and super effective if used properly.

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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 19:28

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 19:28
I have some of the first batch of Maxtrax manufactured, they have had a lot of use been de-lugged in places and have only just started to crack. (Had to use them as a bridge for 3 vehicles) Probably the quickest and most generally useful bit of recovery gear going. Have even used their bright colour on the bottom of Nolans brook in Cape York to guide our vehicles over the shallowest path through the crossing. Made from glass filled nylon so likely as strong as you will get.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 19:44

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I've a pair of Maxtrax, never used them. No doubt I will one day! Michael
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Reply By: Member - Noah273 - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 20:56

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 20:56
We use Tred Pros which supposedly have a harder studs than Maxtrax but as others have mentioned with careful use wear is minimal. These look like being a great replacement for worn studs

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 21:13

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 21:13
I bought X-Bull tracks off ebay for $100. They work fine, seem like sturdy construction because there's decent weight in them and they aren't shorter like some of the copy cats.
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 23:11

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 23:11
Interesting - how do they go in mud?



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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 23:58

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 23:58
I can't say because I avoid mud like the plague and haven't been stuck in mud with them yet. Sorry about that.
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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 01:01

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 01:01
Not keen on mud either - I've found the real test for these boards is how they go in mud, many are hopeless and have no grip, a bit like driving on a oil slick. MaxTraks seem to give the best all round performance from various reviews.

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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:53

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:53
I have treds and have only used them a couple of times in sand. They did the job with just a bit of scuffing on them.
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Reply By: Siringo - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:53

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:53
Thank you all for your very useful replies and information. Hearing that most of you would buy them again tells me more than reviews, as reviews can be written to say anything.

But when it comes to shelling out money, that's when it becomes more honest.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Member - cruza25 - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 13:02

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 13:02
HI
If your not in a rush just keep an eye on the specials.

Normal maxtrax about $269 a pair.

Rays online or super cheap can go as low as $205 on specials.

I got 2 pairs from rays $219 a pair and got $44 credit on my members card which paid for a new camp chair. All with free delivery.

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Reply By: Jackolux - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:59

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 08:59
I have pair of these - http://www.muputrax.com.au/ and a pair of Treds , haven't used either yet .
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 13:47

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 13:47
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I have often wondered about this 'grid' type of recovery board. They appear to be identical to industrial grid flooring made from FRR (Fibre Reinforced Resin).
I have spent a lot of time walking on these in industrial structures in elevated positions and felt quite safe. I have never seen a failure.

They seem a simple, straightforward design to the matter. They do not have projecting lugs to be torn off yet I would think they provide adequate traction to the tyre. Being flat and rectangular they would serve for other uses too.

Has anyone used these in sand or mud? How did they perform?

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Follow Up By: Jackolux - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 15:31

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 15:31
Yes they look the same as FRR , the reason I got them is if I ever need to get up a rock step or bridge some ruts ect , after viewing the video on their website, they look like they would do the job , where the plastic ones would just fold or break .
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Follow Up By: Genny - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 15:57

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 15:57
These sound very useful. They'll probably get my fistful 'o dollars!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 18:23

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 18:23
It’s what I have too, they support the weight of the vehicle for bridging purposes, only cost $60!
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Follow Up By: Member - Markthemilko (WA) - Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 00:04

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 00:04
I have a pair of muputrax including a pair legs for each so they can be used as tables/benches. I drove off the Dirk Hartog barge onto wet sand - tide going out - and sank to the rims! Put a track under each back wheel and drove out no problems! Don't go with out them as we use them as tables all the time.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Feb 19, 2018 at 20:40

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 at 20:40
Gumtree: Recovery mats, tracks - HEAVY DUTY fibreglass, $25 each in Adelaide. 0428171214



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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 18:13

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 18:13
Google > GRP grating < and you get a heap of links to check out.
I found years ago a larger sheet should be cut up to give 10 or 12 sets, various thicknesses for use for both recovery or bridging, various patterns from square (say 25 x 25) to larger rectangles (2 x 75 etc so lighter).

I haven't looked for years now, but I found a couple of places that were ok to sell a larger sheet to the public, pick up or delivered.

My Maxtrax bought on special have been used only on beaches (SA's SE beaches can be treacherous), usually for recovering others, but saved me perhaps 3 or 4 times too.

I have never used them in the deserts, SA Simpson or North Simpson, in general you can back down dunes and take other line, or give it some more momentum to get over anything difficult.
Haven't taken them on the past few desert trips.

Tracks don't work terribly well in general uphill anyway.

They obviously work in mud such as desert claypans.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 16:48

Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 16:48
MaxTrax, so no experience of these cheaper brands. Worth their weight in gold when you really need them. MaxTrax recommended we get a set of four, but as were are carvanners not "four wheel drivers" we just got two.

When our 7.5 tonne laden rig went down in the stones at Carawine Gorge, with no way of using a winch, and with all eight tyres lowered and still not getting moving for long, it was a pair of MaxTrax to the rescue. Worked a treat. I can understand why they say to put a rope on them to find them when buried in the sand, because even in these stones, they were buried out of sight after they did their job.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 23:04

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 23:04
If you are a solo traveller, they are good insurance.

If you travel with others they are rarely ever needed.

I've carried a set on many trips and yet to use them in anger. Maybe I'm less adventurous, maybe I pull up short of a bog, and I do avoid mud.

But there's plenty of other ways to unbog yourself. Last week I was down near Robe and just doing a bit of sightseeing - followed a track down to a beach and reached some soft sand in a place I couldn't turn around. Still had high pressures and couldn't be bothered airing down - Landcruiser couldn't go forward or backwards - so I put the 200series in low range, activated crawl control in reverse and it crawled its way out when it wouldn't reverse any other way. Had seen this done on videos but nice to do it yourself.
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