Precaution And Rubber Track Handling Recommendations
Usage of rubber track equipped loaders or excavators in applications such as rocky terrain, gravel, concrete demolition, metal debris, etc. may cause premature wear and failure of the rubber tracks.
The more careful an operator is when using rubber track-equipped compact loaders and excavators, the better the track wear performance will be.
Because track life is very dependent upon usage, operations, and application sites, it is impossible to estimate a track life expectancy.
As a general track loader ?rule of thumb?, in ?dirt? applications, rubber track life expectancy can be 2 to 2 times the normal life of pneumatic tires on a skid loader. This applies to both OEM and aftermarket rubber tracks.
Track And Undercarriage Tips
Rubber tracks on compact track loaders and excavators offer many benefits that compact track loaders and excavators with conventional tires and/or steel tracks cannot offer. To ensure a longer, productive life of rubber tracks, please follow the operating safeguards below:
Monitor track tension on a regular basis. Loose tracks can de-track; however be careful not to over-tighten. Over-tightening may cause power loss, excessive roller and idler bearing wear, and tearing of the tracks. Check the Operator?s Manual for visual track tension inspection and tensioning procedure, as required.
Alternate turning direction from one side to the other. Continuous turning to the same side can accelerate wear of sprocket teeth, track tread, guide lugs, and roller flanges.
Use the engine power and lift/tilt hydraulics to dig into material when filling a bucket to minimize the spinning of tracks on rubber track-equipped loaders. Unnecessary spinning of the tracks can accelerate wear or cut tracks.
Monitor sprocket or undercarriage components to ensure maximum track life. Excessively worn sprockets or undercarriage components will damage tracks.
Cutting across a slope, instead, drive up or down a slope. Constant operation on a slope or side hill can cause accelerated wear to the guide lugs, idlers and rollers. It is best to climb straight up or down, then turn when the equipment is in a level location.
Making spin turns or pivot turns. Doing so may cause accelerated wear and/or increase potential for de-tracking, particularly if track tension is not set to the Operator?s Manual specifications. Operators should be trained to make wider turns.
Traveling with one track on a slope or projecting object, and the other track on a flat surface. Travel with both tracks on level surfaces. Operating tracks with the outside/inside edge of the track turned up on a curb, mound, or stone, can cause cracks or shear the rubber at the edges of the steel mandrills in the track.
Allowing the sides of the tracks to strike against concrete curbs or walls.
Avoid Traveling Or Operating Machines
- on broken stone, jagged base rock, iron rods, scrap iron, or other recycling-type materials. Rubber tracks are not intended for these uses.
- on heavily stone-laden soils or similar conditions that may cause tracks to de-track or damage due to stones becoming stuck in the idler or drive sprockets.
- as quarry application, recycling, or demolition use. Rubber track loaders are not intended for use in cold planning applications.
- on asphalt or concrete while routinely driving and turning; doing so will minimize track life.
- in job sites with sharp objects such as jagged rocks or broken concrete. Cuts and ?chunking out? of the lug surface of the tracks can result. Just like avoiding operating in conditions potentially damaging to rubber tires; these conditions can damage rubber tracks as well. Damaged tracks cannot be repaired; but must be replaced. No warranty exists for wear or failures in these conditions.
- on corrosive materials (fuel, oil, salt, or fertilizer, etc). These substances can corrode the rubber track?s metal cores. Flush the tracks and undercarriage with clear water if any of these substances get on the tracks.