The mini-excavator attachments, particularly the rubber tracks, take a beating on harsh terrains. This is why it helps to know when to replace them so you can reduce downtime and enhance your equipment’s performance.
Types of Tracks for Mini Excavators
- Rubber Tracks
They are the most popular choice for compact excavators, perfect for soft ground conditions such as grass and dirt. They come with continuous rubber belt tracks with iron or steel cores embedded within and are held together by cables.
- Steel Tracks
They are ideal for traversing in harsh environments with rocks and other debris. They can, however, damage asphalt and concrete.
- Hybrid Tracks
They have a steel track with bolt-on rubber pads, offering the strength of steel along with the benefits of a rubber track, including a smooth ride, reduced downtime, and less damage to surfaces.
Replacing Damaged Excavator Tracks
When mini excavator tracks get damaged or worn, be sure to replace them by considering the following:
- Conduct a thorough inspection of your tracks after each workday and evaluate the wear accrued overtime.
- Check the track’s tread pattern and its depth to ensure it is not too worn out or smooth. Otherwise, the tracks may not achieve the traction required to perform efficiently.
- Ensure there are no extensive damages, such as a deep crack or tear in the track.
To enhance the track life, the operator should maneuver the machine cautiously on construction sites, narrow roads, and logging areas. Also, they should be aware of the types of track damage such as cuts and gashes, broken steel cables, separation of the steel links, and more.
Manufacturers’ Recommendations for Replacing Excavator Tracks
According to reputable manufacturers, depending on the application, mini-excavator tracks should be replaced after using them for 1,500 hours. However, if you follow a strict maintenance schedule, it can help enhance their life. Be aware of the track’s condition, the work area, and general upkeep practices to increase the life of your excavator tracks.
- Safety First
It helps to use proper safety gear such as protective eyewear and gloves when installing the tracks. Also, remember that it is a job for two or more people.
- Releasing Tension
Once you have the right tools and safety gear, lift one side of the machine off the ground. Then, remove the panel of the undercarriage and release the grease that maintains the tension. This will allow you enough slack to remove the track from the equipment. Roll it off the machine using a steel rod.
- Examine the Undercarriage
When replacing the track, be sure to inspect the undercarriage components such as the idler, guide wheels, and sprockets. This allows you to ensure that they are performing adequately.
- Attach the Replacement Track
Mount the new track correctly and follow the manufacturer’s specifications to reapply the tension. Perform standard maintenance checks on the machine and the track installed to ensure maximum productivity.
Get Top-Quality Mini Excavator Tracks
Tag Equipment is a leading distributor of replacement rubber tracks for excavators. We carry products for major brands such as Bobcat, Case, CAT, GHEL, Kubota, John Deere, and more to meet varied needs. We also have tracks for most makes and models of machines. Our Camso & Traxter tracks are perfect for mini excavators.