Rubber tracks have a lot of benefits over steel tracks. For instance, they’re not prone to cause ground surface harm, and they furnish a calmer ride with less terrible vibrations. They’re likewise significantly lighter and not going to rust, and they have gained notoriety for durability.
Operators should proactively care for rubber tracks safeguarding machine effectiveness and performance, security, and the tracks’ lifespan. In addition, heavy equipment owners should integrate these tips for the maintenance of rubber tracks into fundamental care routines for each fleet.
How to Care for Rubber Tracks
- First, look over the rubber tracks closely for signs of damage and proper alignment during all pre-and post-operation heavy equipment inspections.
- While inspecting, don’t forget to check the lugs and keep an eye out for worn bogies and protruding cables.
- Refer to the machine’s operator’s manual to see how wide the gap between the guide lugs and the mid rollers is and make sure it’s right.
- Then, clean rubber tracks daily; if dirt, debris, or other materials build up in the track rails, it increases pressure on the tracks and undercarriage.
- Use a shovel or other tool to remove the heavy accumulation carefully. Try a screwdriver to clear out the drive hub holes; asphalt and other debris that accumulates can wear down and displace a track’s lugs
- Check and clean the drive rollers and bogie wheels periodically throughout the day. Next, inspect and clean the sprocket rollers every 50 operating hours.
- Limit ground travel as much as possible, drive slowly, and avoid going in reverse, which stresses the tracks (and go slowly if you must drive in reverse)
- Drive slowly and don’t make sharp turns when operating on sloped terrain
- Once every two or three months, inspect tracks with the machine hoisted to relieve tension. It allows a good look at whether bearings in the bogie wheels have worn out or failed. Rotate tracks periodically to prevent uneven tread wear. When storing rubber tracks that aren’t on the machine, keep them in a cool, dry place from the sun.
- Finally, don’t neglect undercarriage maintenance, which goes hand-in-hand with track maintenance.