Maintenance and Selection of Undercarriage Rubber Tracks
There are various factors that can affect undercarriage rubber tracks and the wear of these tracks, and it is important to take these into consideration when considering the correct equipment and machinery for your terrain. Something that directly impacts on the wear of undercarriage components is the amount of horsepower or torque required to perform the function.
For conditions of the terrain and underfoot, and the materials that are being worked with, generally speaking, it is safe to assume that components wear much faster in more abrasive conditions. Construction debris and sharp rocks also cause considerable wear on the undercarriage rubber tracks and other undercarriage components. Softer, easier materials and terrain cause less wear, and your undercarriage components are likely to last much longer when working with softer surfaces that are not abrasive, such as landscaped conditions and turf.
Maintenance of Undercarriage Tracks
In order to keep earthmoving equipment in good order, the required maintenance must be performed on schedule, as specified by the manufacturer. A track that is well adjusted and tensioned ensures better performance and longer life of the undercarriage rubber tracks, and it also bolsters the performance of the machine itself. If the tracks are loose or too tight, their service life is vastly shortened and the performance of the machine is also affected. Some looseness in the track between the wheel and the drive sprocket is normal and quite common, but it is necessary to check tracks regularly and adjust the tracks according to requirements.
Loose tracks will cause damage to the lugs and quite possible cause the track to derail. Tracks that are too tight will cause roller wheels and tracks to wear out faster, and drive motors and sprockets will also wear quicker. Lugs can also be damaged this way.
It is essential that checks are performed on the undercarriage to ensure that it is kept clean. Regular work with abrasive materials or mud can clog the undercarriage and rubber tracks, and should be regularly cleaned off. The materials that are being worked with will usually dictate how often these checks and cleaning should be performed, but usually it will suffice to clean the undercarriage and rubber tracks every day. In addition to this, other abrasive materials, such as sand and clay, can do a lot of damage and it is quite often necessary to clean these off several times per day, in order to prevent the undercarriage parts from wearing too fast. It is usually easier to clean materials such as mud or clay when it is still wet, and it is more practical to do this at the end of the day, rather than the start of the next day, when it has dried out and hardened.
The number of hours that the machine runs will dictate the type of tracks that you will use. Anything below 300 hours per annum will usually require general duty tracks, while more than 800 hours of use per annum will require premium or specialist tracks.
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