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When to Replace a Rubber Track

Posted on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

It’s imperative that your rubber tracks are in prime condition to operate at optimum capacity. Continuous machinery usage can lead to a decline in your tracks which can lead to track failure. Don’t run your track till it snaps or fail. This causes further machine issues like increased wear and damaged undercarriage. By being prepared and replacing your tracks when they are worn, you'll save downtime and money.

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Here are some signs that you need to replace your rubber track:

The tread is worn down

When the depth of the track tread is worn and the track is close to being flat, you have little to no traction. This causes slippage, damages to the undercarriage, and safety issues when operating. The tension of the track can swag and extend over time with heavy usage leading to a loss of traction as well. 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.

The steel cording is showing

If you can see the steel cording of your track, the track is very close to snapping. When the steel cording is showing, the steel is susceptible to moisture which causes rust and weakens the steel causing track failure. Look into replacement track options if the steel cording is showing.

The guide rail is deteriorating

Take note if the guide rail is deteriorating on your track. This puts a lot of strain on the undercarriage and could result in the track to derail.

If your rubber track needs replaced, check out our blog post on ordering the right size track. Give us a call at 888.888.1248 to get in touch with a product specialist for any track needs.

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Topics: Rubber Tracks, Rubber Tracks - Track Loaders, Rubber Tracks - Excavator, Rubber Tracks - Crawler Carrier, Rubber Tracks - Specialty Equipment, Rubber Tracks - Used