3 Steps to Keep Your Heavy Machinery Rubber Tracks Rolling

Heavy equipment

Rubber tracks are one of the most important parts of earthmoving machinery. After all, how will you be able to operate your machine if its wheels don’t have the right support components? They’re also a good alternative to steel that you can work faster and more productive with them.

Rubber tracks bought from Melbourne or any other supplier produce less noise and vibrations and have less ground damage compared to steel tracks. As they’re known to be durable and long lasting, many owners of these machines often neglect their maintenance. Here are some tips to keep your tracks in good shape:

Cleaning

Wash your rubber tracks daily, particularly after working in harsh environments like snow and mud. When you let material build up inside the track rails, the tension upsurges and increases pressure on your rubber tracks and undercarriage components. Use pressure washers for cleaning your undercarriage and tracks, as this cleans out most of the filth. If the pressure washer is ineffective, you can use a shovel or bar.

Operating

Make sure your machine operators are properly trained to avoid frequent breakdowns. The operator should attempt to apply an equal amount of pressure on both tracks in your machine. Counter-rotating or locking down a rubber track results in uneven wear. It’s best to avoid abrupt directional changes when working on slopes or inclines.

Inspecting

Before starting up, your staff should always inspect the track lugs and exposure to ensure that no cables are sticking out. Proper lug-mid roller alignment is vital to prolonging the life of your rubber tracks. Make sure your tracks are neither too loose nor too tight. Tracks that are too tight increase wear by 50% because these increase your machine’s load. If the track is too loose, then it will fall off the machine.

Maintaining your machines’ rubber tracks is as simple as daily cleaning, proper operation techniques and routine inspections. Store your tracks on their sides to avoid folds and crimps in a cool and dry place when they are not being used. If you opt to leave them on your machine, operate it once weekly for approximately five minutes, so your tracks remain flexible and maintain their shape.