Recovery tracks

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I am thinking of buying some 4wd recovery tracks. The main use (hopefully) is for boat retrieval on beaches where there is no jetty. while surfing the net I found Maxtrax, Bush ranger xtrax and Autocheap Ridge Ryder recovery tracks. I've seen some good feed back on maxtrax, but not on the other 2. There is quite a difference in price. Is there anybody who has some experience with one of the other 2 varieties?
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:33

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 12:33
Can't really answer your question, however I think you'll find tracks are a little used device here.

They seem to be popular in Europe for some reason. Occasionally they appear on o/s vehices traveling through Australia.

I'll be interesting to see if anyone has any thoughts as to why this is.

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Reply By: Member - Paul F (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:34

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:34
Our xtrax helped a 5 tonne truck get going from a predicament he got himself into in our next door neighbors yard the other day. He was slipping on wet grass down an incline. We hope we never have to use them (in fact we never have other than the truck), however the reason we chose these over the maxtrax is storage. The xtrax roll-up in their own easy carry bag. We also found them good as a leveler for a second fridge we carried on the back seat during a desert trip last year. Because they're flexible (unlike the maxtrax) they worked a treat.

Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Aaltje d (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:24

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:24
Thanks for that Paul. I think I will spend the few extra bugs and go for maxtrax. So far have only seen good feed back on them.
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Reply By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:45

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:45
max trax have got me out of the poo 3 times now in both mud and sand ! I won't go anywhere without em!

we were stuck in a bog only 3 weeks ago east of Rowles Lagoon in the goldfields and the max trax got us out !

no affiliation, just a great product that has done the job I bought em for !

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Follow Up By: Member - Aaltje d (WA) - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:26

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:26
Thank you for that. It's nice to get some feed back when you need it!
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 14:52

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 14:52
We purchased a pair of max trax, although they recommended we get two pairs. With eight wheels down (F250 and caravan) in the difficult to dig stones at Carawine Gorge, just the pair saved the day. I can't comment on the other brands.

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Reply By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:14

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:14
I have a pair of grate mates and used them a few times to get others out of a bog.
They can also be used as a jacking plate

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Follow Up By: Member - Gary J (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:42

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:42
Hi Skip,
Sounds like a TV show from long ago.
Those Gratemeates, where did you get them and what did they cost a pair?
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 16:15

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 16:15
I got mine in Adelaide from Mt Barker 4x4
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Follow Up By: Skippy In The GU - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 17:07

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 17:07
About $230 a pair
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:23

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:23
Here is a post on Matrax I did some time ago. And since then they have helped in several more beach recoveries :)

Maxtrax thread

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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 20:40
Captian that's a good read and vid. We too have had them for a couple of years but haven't used them yet. Always had some one to pull us out I guess. We did have some rubber ones first that roll up but they were too heavy for me to use. Alright for the fellas I guess.
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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 22:36

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 22:36
the bush ranger x trax were feild tested recently by a local mag and found to be almost completely innefective - just got spun out the back
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Reply By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 23:41

Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 at 23:41
alternative is a strip of conveyor belting. Lays flat in your tray until needed, costs about the equiv of a carton of beer and works great in sand!
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Follow Up By: Sea-Dog - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 09:34

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010 at 09:34
Of a length of shade cloth does equally as well :) Not that I have had to use either.. generally tyre pressure, lockers and a bit of grunt under the bonnet does the trick :)
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