Category Archives: Rubber Tracks

Tend to Your Tracks

While certain brands of tracks and equipment are more dependable than others, their longevity can be largely controlled by treating them with proper care.

 

Compactequip.com has recently released an article detailing the methods one can use to maximize the life of their machine’s tracks and undercarriages. Some of the culprits that can lead to prematurely damaged equipment include:

 

  • Improper / aggressive operation
  • Counter-rotations
  • Spinning tracks on abrasive surfaces
  • Infrequent cleaning
  • Neglect of track tension

 

By eliminating these bad habits, you can extend the lives of your tracks and machines, and in turn, spend far less money year after year.

 
To read the full article on how you can increase the life of your tracks and undercarriages, visit compactequip.com today.

To Skid or Not To Skid

While compact track loaders (CTLs) have begun outselling skid steers in recent years, it doesn’t mean that the wheeled machines are going the way of the dinosaur. Skid steers still have several advantages over their CTL competitors, including speed, maneuverability, and performance on hard surfaces.

 

However, some operators may be unclear as to which machine is best suited for a specific job. Luckily, a new article posted on compactequip.com breaks down the differences between these two pieces of equipment, and outlines the kind of work that is ideal for each one.

 

The article compares price, maintenance, attachments, and traction, among other things. Head over to compactequip.com to read the full article.

Get Vulcanized

Vulcanization is the process by which rubber is strengthened an hardened using heat and sulfur. The resulting product is far better suited for heavy duty jobs that can take a toll on weaker materials.

 

Today, vulcanized tires are all the rage. They allow your tires to last longer and your machines to work harder. That’s why compactequip.com has published a new article on the best and most innovative new vulcanized solutions for your compact equipment. From CTLs and skid steers to wheel loaders and mini dumpers, they’ve got you covered.

 

Head over to compactequip.com to read the full article today.

Getting the most from a set of CTL Tracks

The folks at ASV recently offered up a few tips to extend the life of your compact track loader’s rubber tracks in an article for ForConstructionPro.com. According to the article, the best way to get to most from your tracks is by operating your CTL properly and practicing a good maintenance routine.
Here are a couple of things to avoid when operating:
  1.  Spinning your tracks — that’s not getting anything done faster. All you’re doing is exposing your tracks and undercarriage components to premature wear.
  2. Overly aggressive operation — just because these machines can turn around on a dime, doesn’t mean you should. Extreme counter-rotations or sharp changes of direction takes its toll on the tracks.
Making sure your undercarriage is clean when you’re running hard is another way to get the most of your tracks. Taking a few moments at the end of the day to make sure you’ve removed mud, clay, gravel or snow is a good idea, however, doing it multiple times a day when the job site demands it is an even better idea.
You can check out all of ASV’s tips here. When it is time for a new set of tracks, be sure to give a call. We have the most extensive line of CTL replacement tracks in the country, and our experts will be sure you’ll get what you need.

Compact Excavator Track Options

Did you know there are several track options available for compact excavators? It’s true most manufacturers ship new excavators with rubber tracks, but you don’t have to settle for standard options. For most makes and models of compact excavators, you can choose between rubber, steel and hybrid track systems.
MWE’s general sales manager, Greg Hawthorne, recently wrote an article for Modern Contractors Solutions titled “On the Right Track” about this topic. Hawthorne explains how to match your compact excavator’s tracks to the job and work environment. For many applications, rubber tracks are the right choice, but when you’re performing demolition or working in rocky ground conditions, you’re going to want a set of steel tracks. And for contractors who’s work has them working in a wide range of applications, hybrid tracks are the best option.
Please check out the article right here and let us know if we can help you make sure you’re “On The Right Track.”

Compact track loader undercarriage maintenance and repair tips

MWE’s very own Eric Hartzler was a contributor in this month’s Associated Construction Publications (acppubs.com) focus on undercarriages. As an industry expert, Hartzler wrote about CTL undercarriage issues, how to identify them and when to make a repair. He also provided advice on how to get the best wear out of your CTL’s tracks and when you should replace them.
As Hartzler says in the article “Maintaining a Compact Track Loader’s Undercarriage and Track” (midwestcontractor./trends/maintaining-a-compact-track-loaders-undercarriage-and-tracks/), “No one likes having to invest in maintenance, repair and replacing worn out components, but it’s the part of the job that will keep your equipment working longer and earning you money. So, make undercarriage routine inspections part of your work week, replace components and tracks when you need to. If you take care of your compact track loader, it will take care of you.”
Please take a moment to read the article (midwestcontractor./trends/maintaining-a-compact-track-loaders-undercarriage-and-tracks/), and share with your friends.

Manufacturers discuss the state of the compact excavator market

In the October issue of Construction Equipment (http://www.constructionequipment.com/minis-other-compacts-form-winning-combinations) editor, Frank Raczon interviewed several compact excavator product specialists. According to his article “Minis, Other Compacts Form Winning Combinations” (http://www.constructionequipment.com/minis-other-compacts-form-winning-combinations), sales of compact excavators are increasing year-over-year. Those interviewed attributed the growth to a solid home building market, labor shortages and overall lower cost of ownership when compared to larger machines.
The article goes on to discuss the advantages of pairing compact excavators with other compact equipment like skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders. It’s a good read and worth checking out.
Whether you’re considering adding a compact excavator to your fleet or have been running compact excavators for years, MWE can help you outfit your machines with the right aftermarket tracks and undercarriage parts. Give us a call or drop us an email.

 Tracks or Tires: Which is right for you? 

 

Not sure if you should be investing in a skid-steer loader or a compact track loader? It’s a tough decision that every contractor faces at one point or another. A recent article on ForConstructionPros.com (http://www.forconstructionpros.com/) outlines the advantages and disadvantages of both machines.
According to the article “Should You Buy a Skid-steer Loader or a Compact Track Loader?” (http://www.forconstructionpros.com/article/12263102/should-you-buy-a-skid-steer-loader-or-a-compact-track-loader), skid-steer loaders are lighter, easier to transport, and cheaper to purchase and maintain. The ideal operating environment is on hard surfaces. Compact track loaders are more versatile than their wheeled-relative with better performance in dirt, mud and uneven terrain. However, you’ll have to invest more to purchase a compact track loader and tracks are a lot more expensive to replace than tires.
If you want more details about the differences between the two machines, head over to ForConstructionPros.com (http://www.forconstructionpros.com/).
Best of both worlds
Not covered in the article, Over-the-tire tracks is a great option to look into if you already own a skid-steer loader or your work doesn’t require tracks full time. Over-the-tire tracks are easy to put on and take off, and provide exceptional skid-steer traction and lateral stability when working around steep slopes or hilly terrain. MWE offers Rubber and Steel Over-The-Tracks systems http://www.tracksandtires.com/machines/rubber-tracks/ott-tracks/. If you’re not sure which is right for our needs, give us a call at 1-877-336-6825 or send us an email at sales@mwesales.com.

Tracks or Tires: Which do you prefer? 

There’s a reason compact equipment manufacturers offer skid-steer loader and compact track loaders: Different jobs call for different machines. While skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders seem interchangeable in size and versatility, their differences stand out in ground conditions. Tracks are generally always going to give you better flotation in wet and muddy conditions. Tires are always going wear better on hard surfaces.

So, which do you prefer and why?
If you need a little validation for your decision, check out this story from Grading & Excavation Contractor (http://foresternetwork.com/daily/construction/construction-equipment/wheels-vs-tracks-the-debate-over-compact-loaders-part-i/) on the subject. The article contains the expert opinions from manufacturers including Bobcat, Terex, Caterpillar, Takeuchi and others.
If you ask us, this debate is a good start, but we also believe it’s not enough to just talk about tracks vs. tires. The style of track or tire on your equipment is equally important.
We can help you get the most out of the equipment you own by pairing with the right tracks or tires for your specific working conditions.

Rubber Tracks for Sale

Does your mini excavator or track loader need high quality, dependable rubber tracks?  Have you been scouring the net for the best deal?  MWE has a full catalog of rubber tracks for sale at the best prices on the net.

Mini Excavators and similar equipment are staples of the modern job site and require solid grip to the ground to function well.  Designed to handle large jobs while remaining compact in size themselves, an excavator depends on sturdy and versatile functionality from the rubber tracks and tires that keep them on the ground.   That’s why MWE Tracks and Tires makes sure to stock the largest variety of rubber tracks for sale across all modern industrial platforms and models.

We back our products with a satisfaction guarantee that assures you get all the bang for your buck.  We’ve set the standard for tracks and tires and won’t be backing down any time soon.  You can download a catalogue or search our comprehensive online database.  Our friendly staff are available at all times to help you with your buying decisions.

Don’t look for rubber tracks for sale elsewhere when you know that MWE has you covered with top quality brand names and dependability you can trust.