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Old 10-15-2007, 12:08 PM   #1
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Here is question for everyone...

Has anyone had any experience with racing/ bashing on woodchips instead of dirt?
There are a couple of large wood mills where I live and the sawdust piles look great for running on. If I can get permission, I would like to give them a try.
Any one have any thoughts???
Also, this material may make for a great track, as it most places would gladly give the chips away??

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Old 10-15-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
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Might be ok for bashing on,dont think it would pack down enough for racing on though.
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:48 PM   #3
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like full out chips or like saw dust mixed with chips? i'd think it would be too loose... almost like running on rocks...
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:50 PM   #4
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and also even bashing i have found that wood chips get caught up in the gearing .
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Old 10-15-2007, 05:52 PM   #5
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I suppose that you could theoretically use them as a base for the track though... make a nice thick layer of wood chips and then lay clean dirt (lol clean dirt! That's funny! ) over top of that. Bonus is that when the wood decomposes you have even more dirt
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:53 PM   #6
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Not the best base for r/c

I have worked for a sawmill of sort in the past. The chips are a real problem when they become wet. They smell and can take quite some time to dry. They also will take forever to decompose. They do not really form a great base at least in or around a lumber yard itself. As mentioned above by cyclop I would be afraid of them making their way into a drivetrain.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:14 AM   #7
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I can't see them being any good either. The clean up after would be long and hard. Also, it they're really dry they could end up igniting off your engine/exhaust causing a huge uncontrollable fire.
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Old 10-24-2007, 02:31 PM   #8
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are they made from non-flammable wood? I wouldn't run on them.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:07 PM   #9
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wood chips and sawdust are great for getting puddles and such soaked up quickly but making a track out of them might not be so great.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:51 PM   #10
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Large wood chips are fine to run on. Ran our 1/18th scale Kyosho buggy at local playground with them. Lots of fun and the cars stayed clean afterwards.
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