This product is specifically designed to close pivot wheel tracks and trenches with one pass, making it very cost-efficient.



The Track Closer uses an eight disk system that works like two side delivery rakes relaying soil in a natural path. A roller filled with water or sand ensures solid packing of trenches, preventing quick erosion and minimizing problems associated with deep wheel tracks. The rugged steel frame on the Track Closer hitches to a three-point hitch for easy and fast attachment.

Track closers can also be hired for $440 per week
 

     
     
     


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What is a wheel rut?

Wheel tracks often develop into ruts as a result of excessive water application on the wheel tracks, and compaction by the tower wheels trafficking over the wet soil. Each tower and the span it supports, full of water, can weigh up to four tonnes.

Pasture or crop originally giving some strength to the soil is cut up and disappears, with the soil becoming smeared so that water in the rut does not seep away between irrigations. The soil is compacted and displaced sideways, heaving up beside the forming rut. The moving wheels push water along the rut, continually aggravating the smearing and compaction so that the ruts get progressively deeper.

Ruts up to 0.6m deep can develop, with 0.3m ruts common without appropriate management 
Duplex clay soils are the most prone to rutting, but ruts can be a problem on all soils, except perhaps very sandy soils.
While the sprinklers distribute water relatively evenly over the irrigated surface, the towers intercept some of the throw from the sprinklers, and this water runs down the towers onto the wheel track. 

Why are wheel ruts a problem?

Ruts can be quite variable – the machine can bog where it has to climb out of a hole.

A minor occurrence of rutting is generally not a problem, but serious rutting can result in machines bogging and stopping, or even damaging the machine. Ruts are often not uniform in depth because of variations in the soil.

A tower climbing out of a deeper section of rut can slip and bog (stop), even though all wheels on a machine are driving. When a tower stops, it gets out of alignment with the other towers, which causes the machine to shut down. An occasional stoppage may be tolerated, but more frequent stoppages severely reduce the reliability and labour saving advantages of the machines.

The drivelines of modern machines are generally fairly robust, but continued operation with the increased stresses occurring in deep ruts may cause failure. 

Most manufacturers consider their warranty void where machines operate with ruts deeper than 100mm.