Welcome to McLaren Industries!                                                                                        Check our McLaren's recently updated PDF brochure about Solid Cushion Tires.                                                                                        Recent developments:   McLaren Industries Opens R&D Facility to Support North American OEMs Read Announcement                                                                                                   McLaren Industries Expands Popular Nu-Air Solid Cushion Tires to Include Backhoes. Read the full announcement here                                                                                          Advanced Rubber Track Technology Applied on Mini Excavator Tracks for the First Time. Click here to read the announcement                                                                                              Helpful article:   Keep your rubber tracks in top shape with these handy rubber tracks maintenance tips.                                                                                      Please, be sure to check our News & Resources section on this website to stay up to date with the latest developments at McLaren Industries.                                                                                        We strive for continous improvement!   Our ability to innovate depends on your continous feedback.    Please take a short moment to complete a quick online customer survey.                                                                                         Here are some comments we have received from customers:       "Great initial and post service. 5 stars rating in my books! Exceptional service differentiates Mclaren from its competitors." - Rob Pagacz (Bobcat S300 skid steer loader);                                                                                            "Tires are still working out great. Tons of hours left on them!" - Levi McDermott (Mustang 2086 skid steer loader);                                                                                           "Made my bobcat work like a Cat dozer; Easy on off" - Roy Young (Bobcat S250 skid steer loader);                                                                                            "I think you make a superior product..." - Eric Wellish, (Case 1845C skid steer loader);                                                                                           "I really like the traction that I get from my tracks, and will most likely consider repurchasing when needed... I have the TDF series track." - Scott Robinson (Takeuchi TL 150 compact track loader);                                                                                           "Your Protrac rubber have saved me thousands of dollars! I rented a track machine for one month prior to having your tracks, that rental cost would have covered the cost of the McLarens. I was expecting to have bought a new machine, but there has been no reason to as the OTTs have added lift capacity, stability, a softer ride, and of course traction beyond my wildest expectations. My machine rep is not happy with your product, no sale for him... Could not be happier, literally!" - Simon Huxtable (Bobcat 763 skid steer loader);                                                                                            "The up front cost is greater than others but quality and performance far outweigh the cost." - Bearden Services (Bobcat S250 skid steer loader);                                                                                            "The sales rep that handled my purchase was knowledgeable, polite, and knew his product... Good job, keep it up. " - Mike Essenpreis (John Deere 325 skid steer loader);                                                                                           "The salesman helped me quite a bit with the sizing issue." - Dennis Weiss (Bobcat Model 100);                                                                                         "I appreciate the after sales follow up."  - Eagle Golf Inc. (Caterpillar 236B skid steer loader);                                                                                           Need to contact McLaren Customer Serive in the US? Send an email to: cs@mclarenusa.com                                                                Please take a moment to complete a sort online customer survey.                        


Over-The-Tire Tracks vs. Dedicated Track Loaders

Over The Tire Tracks

When choosing the machinery for your application, a large consideration is whether to opt for a dedicated track skid steer or tired skid steer that you can add over-the-tire tracks to. A CTL or MTL rubber track machine comes with tracks on it already, and you don’t have the option to put tires on it. However, over-the-tire skid steer tracks can be added to tired skid steers to allow them to operate with both tracks and tires. To determine whether you should invest in a skid steer with over-the-tire tracks or a dedicated track machine, consult this helpful guide.

Type of Machine

If you already own a tired skid steer and you’re having issues with flotation and traction, then purchasing over-the-tire tracks is a highly advantageous option. Such OTT tracks can help make the machinery more versatile.

However, if you haven’t purchased a skid steer or compact track loader yet and are trying to decide between purchasing a tracked or tired machine, then one of the most important factors to consider is the type of terrain you plan to operate the machinery on.


If you plan to use your machinery for off-road applications at least 50 percent or more of the time, then a dedicated track machine will be the best choice. Because there is a hassle of taking over the tire tracks on and off, a dedicated track loader will be more convenient to operate if you spend at least half of your operating time on off-road surfaces.

However, if you operate the machinery on a hard surface for 70 percent or more of the time, then it would make sense to choose a tired Skid Loader.  By adding over the tire tracks you double the amount of jobs your tired skid steer will be able to perform.  Wet conditions, mud, and wet clay are very challenging for a pneumatic or solid tire type skid steer without OTT.  Over the tire tracks enable your wheeled skid loader to perform 90% of the same jobs as a compact track loader.


Another important factor to consider when choosing between over-the-tire tracks and dedicated tracks is that a tired skid steer with OTT tracks is significantly less expensive than a tracked skid loader. As such, if you don’t run the machine every day and sometimes prefer to take the tracks off, buying a tired machine can be a good option for those looking for a lower cost skid loader type machine.


If you are running the machine every day and doing a large variety of different jobs, then getting a dedicated track machine like a compact track loader or multi terrain loader is advantageous, as they are more versatile. As such, they are a great option for those who don’t necessarily know the type of job they will need to complete using their skid steer.

McLaren Industries makes a wide variety of over-the-tire tracks as well as a multitude of different types of rubber tracks for compact track loaders, skid steers, and ASV type track loaders.  McLaren products fit Bobcat, Caterpillar, John Deere, ASV, Polaris, and all other manufacturers of skid steers. In fact, we offer the largest collection of tread patterns for CTLs in the industry. To learn more about our over-the-tire track and dedicated track options, give us a call at (800) 836-0040 or click here to fill out a quote today!