5 questions about crawler carriers

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June 5, 2019

What is a crawler carrier?

Terramac crawler carriers are off-road vehicles equipped with rubber tracked technology. The rubber tracks offer high traction and low ground pressure—enabling carriers to travel on uneven, steep and wet terrains with ease while minimizing ground damage on environmentally sensitive job sites.

Matt Nelson, director of dealer support for Terramac LLC, addresses common questions about crawler carriers.

How are crawler carriers used at landfills?

Crawler carriers are unique in that they can be used during every stage of the landfill’s service life, from initial cell construction to post-closure monitoring. Most frequently, carriers haul dirt for daily cover and haul trash when ground conditions are too muddy or slippery for wheeled vehicles. Terramac carriers can also be equipped with industrial spray applicators for applying alternative daily covers or hydroseeding units to tackle re-seeding during restoration. Additional post-closure tasks such as inspecting the cap, repairing erosion, filling low areas due to settlement and maintaining vegetation are easy to accomplish with a crawler carrier since their low ground pressure prevents disruption to the layered infrastructure.

What makes a crawler carrier different from other equipment commonly used on a landfill?

Versatility and low ground pressure differentiate crawler carriers from standard landfill equipment. Crawler carriers can be equipped with a dump bed or a variety of specialty attachments to tackle multiple tasks throughout the landfill’s life and easily adapt to changing ground conditions to keep operations and revenue flowing. The high utilization opportunities make crawler carriers a valuable asset to landfills and an all-in-one equipment solution.

What considerations are most important when deciding on a rubber tracked crawler carrier?

Aftermarket support should be a key determining factor when choosing a crawler carrier to ensure maximum uptime. Terramac has a reputable dealer network with 250-plus branch locations across the U.S. and Canada that is backed by teams of dedicated service technicians. This local support provides quick and convenient access to parts and service and reduces potential downtime to maximize overall profitability.

Are the Terramac units hydrostatically driven?

Yes, the main tandem pumps provide the hydraulic flow to operate two-speed hydraulic motors coupled to planetary track drives. The main benefit of the hydrostatic drive system is simplicity of operation and safe detailed control. Terramac strives to provide the most up-to-date and efficient control systems while offering integrated support for accessories and options.