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Old 01-03-2013, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Club got a new toy :D

It was our turn to get a new groomer. Wow, is this thing nice! Instead of pulling a drag, it's got a roto-tiller on the back. Lots to learn, the joystick for the blade/tiller has 7 buttons and moves 4 ways. The gauges are all on a display, no mechanical gauges. So far, I likey! The old cat groomed at between 3-4 mph, this bad boy hits 7-8 with cruise control!


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Old 01-03-2013, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is that a Tucker?
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She's a beauty!!! My son just took the safety course in NY so he can do some grooming. I guess he's missing driving big tractors, since quitting his farm job...
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oooh that looks fun!

What does a groomer like that cost?
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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is there a learning curve with that. nice peace of equipment.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes on the Tucker. It's a piece of cake to drive, has automotive style controls. The joystick that controls the blade also controls the tiller and is a lot different than the other cat that had hydraulic switches. It's much easier to use, but sometimes not as fast which can make you create a sled trap pretty quickly

They make Tuckers in Medford, which is about 40 miles from where this thing parks at Lake of the Woods.

This cat was Tucker's demo model from last year, so it has a little over 1000 miles on it and was purchased used. I think I heard the price was about $200,000. Spendy little item!
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Dan, does the state buy the groomer and then let the club use it to groom the trails? I've actually thought about volunteering my time to groom trails in my neck of the woods when I retire but figured there would be a huge waiting list. Do you have a lot of people wanting to run your groomers? Is most grooming done at night? Sorry for all the questions - I just think it would be a hoot to run one of these things!

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Oregon State Snowmobile Association owns the cats. They are purchased through money from ODOT from fuels tax. Not all local clubs are grooming clubs, but all OSSA cats are operated via clubs with volunteer operators.

Our club has two cats, one at Fish Lake, the other at Lake of the Woods. We groom mostly Mon/Fri during daylight hours, as there aren't that many riders on our trail system during the week. Other clubs do a lot of night stuff. Night grooming makes good sense, it gives the snow a chance to freeze and set up so the smooth trail lasts longer. If the snow is warmer, it only takes a few riders to turn it into garbage. We don't have enough operators to put both cats on the snow 5 days a week. The club is always looking for quality operators and we get some that run once or twice and figure it's not really as exciting as it looked. Something about going 4 mph instead of 80 just doesn't excite them all that much
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Thanks for the information Dan. As usual, very helpful!
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NICE! I know it could be a boring job. I allways give them room to do the work and give them a thumbs up when I see them. Congrats!
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I'd rather be driving a groomer (even at 4mph) than doing my day job. Any day up on the mountain is better than a day in the office. We want to do more volunteer work when we retire and this is right up my alley!
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Check out OSSA's web page for links for contact information to all the clubs in your area.

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That is a pretty cool new toy.
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We have a Tucker 1000 and Tucker 2000 in our club. Pretty ruggedd drivetrains. Dislike the electrical system though. Wiper motors went out on both machines, heater motor, etc too.
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