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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, consider 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.
- Use the right tread pattern for your application. Running over asphalt or dirt is a different application than rock. Know what pattern will perform best
- Cut 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.