How to Get the Most out of your Rubber Tracks
May 15, 2014
Extending the life of your rubber tracks has numerous benefits. Getting the most out of your rubber tracks will allow you to work longer on the jobsite longer and decrease maintenance costs. In addition, it is imperative that the correct undercarriage option is used for a job. This extends your systems serviceable life in arduous environments.
When it comes to getting the most out of your rubber tracks, there are a wide variety of features and options to be aware of. Knowing what features to look for can save time and substantial costs. Depending on the system, there are other aspects to consider.
- Use a standard grease gun to adjust the track tension.
- Tough steel embeds assist with supporting and guiding the track.
- A solid-mounted undercarriage secures the work group and loader.
- Elevated sprockets will help shed off debris and mud plus reduce wear.
- Make sure that rollers and idlers are lubricated and permanently sealed.
- It is important that you have very few moving parts to help reduce maintenance.
- Steel-reinforced rubber tracks are comprised of internal steel cables for additional strength.
- Ensure that you have a solid-mounted undercarriage to protect drive motors, hoses and other devices.
- Idlers and forged steel rollers lessen de-tracking, extends track life, improves the ride and will last longer than rubber-coated rollers.
There are quite a few operating tips that can help you get the most out of your rubber tracks. In fact, numerous operating techniques can extend the life of the track and undercarriage.
- Decrease spinning and slippage, it is hard on the track pad wear and reduces production.
- Have alignment checks. Misalignment of the front idler or track frame will accelerate wear.
- Properly store your rubber tracks by keeping them out of rain and direct sunlight when not in use.
- Minimize travel over rough terrain such as steep slopes, numerous holes, dips or uneven ground.
- Limit reverse operation, it escalates wear on the reverse-drive side of the track links and sprocket teeth.
- Restrain from non-productive high-speed travel, it increases wear on all track and undercarriage mechanisms.
- Plan all turns, continually turning on one side will decrease the life of the rubber tracks including the roller flanges, sprocket teeth, tread surface and track link idlers.
- Clean the undercarriages regularly to prevent the packing of debris and soil. Packing can impede the engagement between the mating components like the sprocket teeth.
Before fitting new rubber tracks, check the drive system mechanisms like the rollers, sprockets and idlers. Sometimes they need replaced. As well, check the tension and makes sure that the rubber tracks are adjusted properly.
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