When determining the type of replacement rubber tracks to purchase for equipment such as a skid steer, it helps to know the essentials. Listed below are a few aspects that you should consider:
- The model, make, and year of the equipment
- The track size of the machine
- The size of the track guiding system
- The type of roller your equipment needs
It also helps to know when to replace the rubber tracks to ensure the optimum performance of the vehicle. Read on to learn more about finding the right track size and type for equipment, including skid steers.
Determining the Size of the Rubber Tracks
When it comes to the track size, it helps to keep the following in mind:
- 1 inch = 25.4 millimeters
- The width refers to the distance from one edge to the other across the track.
- The pitch refers to the distance between the center of two lugs on the inside of the rubber track.
- In addition to the width and pitch, you need to know the number of lugs inside the track.
Establish Guide Size
The guiding system in your equipment helps to keep the rubber track straight. It consists of the wheels that accommodate the lugs and the guide. It is essential to have the correct measurements for the guiding system to ensure that your tracks last longer by preventing them from jamming or breaking. It helps to keep in mind the following details to accurately measure the guide:
- Inside Guide Bottom – note the distance between the inside bottoms of two lugs across each other.
- Outside Guide Bottom – mark the distance between the outside of the bottom of two teeth of your track.
- Inside Height – gauge the height of a lug from inside the trough.
- Outside Height – measure the height of the track’s teeth from outside.
Determining the Rubber Track Roller Type
In addition to the track size and guide size, you will need to determine the type of replacement rubber tracks by finding the suitable roller type. There are two types:
- Flange Rollers – They run along the outsides of the lugs
- Center Rollers – They run between the lugs in the rubber track
Installing the Replacement Rubber Tracks
It helps to know the details of the equipment and have knowledge of adequate safety measures to ensure a smooth installation of the tracks. Be sure to keep the vehicle on flat ground to prevent excessive movement during the installation process. Then, follow the steps listed below:
- Loosen the adjuster valve in the track.
- Separate the top carrier.
- Raise the vehicle and remove the parts using pins.
- Then, remove the track and install the replacement one.
- Be sure to reinstall the track parts correctly.
Get Top-Quality Rubber Tracks for Sale
In addition to having the information required to make the right decision about the type of replacement rubber tracks, it helps to purchase them from a reputable dealer such as Tag Equipment. We carry high-quality rubber tracks for skid steers, compact loaders, and multi-terrain loaders by top brands. We recommend CAMSO or Traxter tracks for the best results.
If you want to purchase rubber tracks for your equipment, feel free to call us at 416-716-5850 for more details. We’ll be happy to guide you!