Maximize the life of your rubber track by using these tips. Plan out jobs accordingly and do thorough checks of the tracks before and after using.
CHECK TRACK TENSION
Proper track tension on your rubber tracks ensures top performance, extends the life of the undercarriage, minimizes downtime, and reduces wear on the track drive components. Tracks must not be too loose or too tight. Soft working conditions mean your tracks should be looser and harder working conditions mean your tracks should be tighter. Operation manuals should have a tension range in which the machine’s track should be.
KEEP TRACKS CLEAN
Keeping tracks as clean as possible to reduce friction with debris and reduce wear.
AVOID SHARP TURNS ON STEEP INCLINES
Sharp turns on steep inclines can lead to derailing. Derailing not only increases downtime, it can damage the track.
EVEN OUT TURNS
It’s important to try and reduce slippage and spinning of your rubber tracks. Slippage and spinning accelerate track shoe grouser wear or tread depth and limits productive work. Heavy contact between the sprocket teeth, track links, rollers and between idler tread surfaces accelerates wear. Constantly turning to one side will reduce the life of a rubber or steel tracks.
LIMIT HIGH SPEED
Limit nonproductive, high-speed travel because high-speed operation accelerates wear on all components. Track wear is directly proportional to speed. Speed increases stress on the track.
EQUAL USE IN FORWARD AND REVERSE
Equal use in forward and reverse could cause longer life. With constant use in one direction, the sprocket wears on one side of the tooth more than the other resulting in quicker wear. The same goes for the links in the tracks.
DON'T PARK IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT
If cracks appear in the tracks, the track is worn. Cracks can be caused from heat. To prevent wear from heat, don’t park in direct sunlight.
Summit Supply is the leader for quality construction equipment wear parts. Our advanced rubber compound for rubber tracks results in superior flexibility and resistance to abrasion and tears. Improved traction and enhanced surface protection with Summit's extensive selection of tread patterns. All tracks can be special ordered in non-marking compound. Hardened, forged steel drive links are tempered for unmatched strength and durability which helps ensure correct fitment and reduces vibration in any operating condition. These rubber tracks are helically wound to guarantee even strength and weight distribution. As an estimated 80% of track failures occur where multiple cords are bonded together, we eliminate those seams to ensure the entire track circumference maintains its integrity for life.
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