The Marsh Master Advantage

The Marsh Master is designed specifically for traversing wetland terrain. The following key features are what empower the Marsh Master to get your job done.


Marsh Master Ground Clearance

The engineering concept behind the Marsh Master is a rubber-belt track encircling pontoons with a flat bottom in between, connecting the two. By design, the tracks are ideally the only interface between the buggy and the environment. With nothing protruding underneath, this feature ensures that if anything such as stumps, logs, or other obstacles make contact with the bottom, the machine will glide over it without losing propulsion.

When tracking in difficult marsh and swamp terrain, high ground clearance is critical for good performance. Swamp and marsh terrains seldom present optimal or predictable conditions, therefore high ground clearance helps cover all contingencies. It keeps the body from plowing through the terrain, which robs the machine of propulsion. Instead of forcing the body to plow through the terrain, it rides over it. The height gives the tracks more opportunity to maintain contact with the bottom, which increases traction. 32 ” of ground clearance gives the Marsh Master the ability to run through heavy brush, thickets, or stumps without hanging up or high centering.



Marsh Master Floation

The Marsh Master’s pontoon chambers give it high flotation and excess freeboard. This combination is critical for performance and safety.

From a performance standpoint, high flotation helps even when the tracks are touching bottom. The buoyancy of the pontoons helps to lift the machine, which makes it behave as though it were lighter. High flotation also allows the Marsh Master to carry extra weight such as extra men, equipment, and attachments. The ability to carry the extra load is crucial since most jobs require more than just getting one person to a site.

From a safety standpoint, excess freeboard ensures that the buggy will not take in water over the sides. The Marsh Master is extremely stable in deep water where the tracks are completely off of the bottom. Personnel can walk around the machine on the decks with no fear of compromising stability. Excess freeboard is also critical when transitioning from land to water. As the Marsh Master enters the water, the pontoons give it the proper amount of buoyancy to counter the portion of the machine’s weight that is in the water. The ability of only a portion of the pontoon to maintain freeboard is especially critical when running in shallow water that has alligator holes. These holes are often unavoidable because they are not visible. There is no need to worry because the Marsh Master is ready for the unpredictable.



 Low Ground Pressure

Low ground pressure is attributed to the lightweight nature of the Marsh Master and surface area of the track. As the picture to the left shows, the tracks essentially create a massive pad on the surface of terrain for the machine to run on. This pad evenly distributes the weight of the machine so that the machine feels lighter to the terrain. With a ground pressure of about 1 psi, the environmental impact is minimal.

In addition to environmental concern, the low ground pressure increases the mobility of the machine. The machine turns easier and tracks smoother. Running on the surface of marsh terrain is usually easier than plowing through it. The low ground pressure of the MM-2 allows it to run on top of floating marsh instead of breaking through.


 Angle of Approach


A track that extends beyond the body enables the Marsh Master to climb steep canal banks, cross deep ditches and track through heavy thickets with ease. The cleats are the first thing to hit any obstacle. Having the drive system as the outermost part of the machine gives it the ability to pull itself out of nearly any situation.

The angle of the tracks in the front and rear of the Marsh Master is also critical for overcoming the above-mentioned terrain. Having an angle allows the tracks to generate downward force on whatever they are hitting. This downward force provides more traction, allowing the Marsh Master to overcome whatever it needs to. The model below demonstrates a Marsh Master exiting deep water at a point that has a steep bank. Though it looks difficult, the Marsh Master will be able to pull itself out.

Angle of Approach2