Terra Track factory in Coopersville. (March 15, 2013)
COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Cushman Scooter Company was known in the 1960s and 70s for building a unique-looking, go-anywhere, track-based rover. It's still being built, but now by an Ottawa County company.
Terra Track purchased the Trackster design, creating the Range Runner. The off road vehicle can go just about anywhere: Up steep hills, then back down.
"We extended the track so there is a longer wheelbase," explains Terra Track employee, Mitchell Pater.
"Suspension will conform to all different terrain to maximize traction," says exployee Brandon Dietrich.
Range Runners are built from the frame up, one at at time by a team of five employees. Each can be modified to fill a customer's needs-- adapted to groom ski trails and fight fires, power large lawn mowers and farm equipment, or just play in mud.
One Range Runner currently being modified at the Terra Track factory will be used to move equipment at a gold mine in Canada. Another was just shipped to the United Kingdom.
"We are looking to advance the machine in all markets and all over the U.S.," says Pater.
Terra Track also manufactures replacement parts to keep old Cushman Tracksters running. A new Range Runner costs around $32,000.