Take These Steps to Extend the Service Life of Your Skid Steer Rubber Tracks
The versatility and durability offered by compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders have been significant influences in terms of their acceptance in the construction industry. These machines can be utilized for a variety of surfaces and for a wide range of projects, thereby providing contractors with a substantial return on their investment.
As with a majority of construction equipment, the extent of that return on investment for compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders is directly linked to how long they can be kept on the job, i.e. minimal downtime, as well as the ability to keep maintenance/repair costs as low as possible. And for these particular skid steers, these two important facets are often affected, positively or negatively, by the life cycle of their rubber tracks.
Whether the tracks are installed over forged steel rollers or are the over-the-tire variety, skid steers can be called upon to perform some heavy-duty applications and subjected to an assortment of challenging terrains/landscapes; consequently, the rubber tracks must be able endure considerable wear-and-tear before they ultimately need to be replaced. Of course, when this latter situation arises, a contractor will be faced with indirect costs (time that skid steer is out-of-service) and direct costs (purchase of new rubber tracks).
However, there are several steps that contractors can take to extend the life of their skid steer rubber tracks, thus maintaining their utility levels/productivity over a longer period (revenue generation) and stretching the time until new tracks are needed (cost savings). The actions that can preserve/prolong the life of skid steer rubber tracks would include:
- Ensuring that the tracks have the proper tension
- Routine cleaning of the tracks and undercarriage
- Minimize the operation of the skid steer in reverse
- Limit the operation of the skid steer at high speeds
- Avoid sharp turns; use gradual, wide or 3-point turns
- Work slopes in vertical rather than horizontal direction
- Respect the maximum weight capacity of the skid steer
- Keep rubber tracks out of direct sunlight when not in use
- Train all operators in the correct methods of use and care
- Use the proper ramp to load on/off-load from any flat beds
Similar to the attention paid to the tires on a personal or private vehicle, proper care and maintenance of skid steer rubber tracks, along with good driving habits by the operators, can extend the life of the tracks, as well as that of the compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders on which the tracks are installed.
Quality Rubber Tracks for All Compact Track Loaders and Multi-Terrain Loaders
Another important element in the lifespan of skid steer rubber tracks lies in the quality of their construction; this is why contractors can turn to the compact equipment specialists at Tag Equipment when they need rubber tracks for their mini-excavators, compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders.
Tag Equipment can provide contractors with skid steer rubber tracks that have Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality plus the performance benefits of superior traction and durability, at after market prices; Tag’s inventory of skid steer rubber tracks consists of the following:
- Compact Track Loaders
- Camso CTL SD – all-season traction and durability
- Camso CTL XHD – best track for durability and performance
- Multi-Terrain Loaders
- Camso MTL XHD – enhanced durability and protection
- Over-the-Tire Tracks
- Camso OTT XHD – quick-mount attachment for tracked performance
Tag Equipment has rubber tracks for all makes and models of compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders from all major compact equipment manufacturers, including:
- John Deere
- New Holland
You might want to take a look at the full list of rubber tracks for excavator & skid steers by make and model for which Tag Equipment supplies its quality rubber tracks.
Want to ensure that your skid steer is equipped high-quality, long-lasting rubber tracks? Call the compact equipment specialists from Tag Equipment today at 647-559-3703 to consult with one of our experienced representatives.