Factors to Consider When Choosing Replacement Rubber Tracks for Skid Steers
Whenever the topic of conversation is compact excavation equipment, more specifically a discussion on skid steer loaders, compelling arguments can be made in favour of either the four-wheeled machines or those equipped with rubber tracks (compact track loaders) depending on the type of work to be done. For example, a traditional skid steer vehicle (with tires) provides greater traction and manoeuverability on a paved surface while a rubber-tracked machine offers more stability when operated on uneven ground.
In the latter case, this increased stability occurs because the rubber tracks provide more contact with the ground than four individual tires; and while this can be advantageous in certain situations, uneven ground can predispose the tracks to significant wear-and-tear particularly when coupled with the skid steer system used in operating such vehicles. As a result, there will likely be a need for replacement of the rubber tracks at some point.
Of course, skid steer rubber tracks are not for sale in a one-size-fits-all format; there are different sizes based on various types of excavation equipment and the explicit purposes for which they are designed and manufactured. The correct size of the rubber tracks for some skid steers will actually be imprinted in the rubber track itself – and this will make it relatively easy to contact a distributor, like Tag Equipment, to order any replacements.
Unfortunately, this stamping practice is not universal, so the specific replacement rubber tracks would then have to be determined by measuring track size. This process involves taking three measurements as follows:
- Width of the rubber track that is in need of replacement (in millimeters)
- Links Count – the number of links or teeth around the inside of the track
- Pitch – distance between the centres of two adjacent links (in millimeters)
When the data has been compiled, the size of the replacement rubber track is noted as:
- Width (mm) x Pitch (mm) x # of Links (as an example: 450x86x55)
Another important aspect when ordering replacement rubber tracks for mini-excavators, full-size excavators, and compact track loaders will be to distinguish between metal core (also called steel core) and non-metal core tracks.
- Metal or Steel Core
- Steel plates and cables embedded in the rubber belt (carcass)
- Creates a steel skeleton for maximum toughness and firmness
- Non-Metal Core
- Lighter-weight tracks strengthened/reinforced by polyester cables
- Offer improved flexibility; commonly used on multi-terrain loaders
One last differentiating factor in preparing to search for distributors who have the correct rubber tracks for sale for a particular piece of compact equipment is based on the design of the machine itself; that is:
- Conventional Rubber Tracks
- To be used on equipment designed for rubber tracks only
- Pitch range is generally 60 millimeters to 150 millimeters
- Interchangeable Rubber Tracks
- Can be used on equipment designed for rubber or steel tracks
- Pitch range can extend from 48 millimeters to 167 millimeters
In order to achieve optimal performance from any compact track loader, mini-excavator, or excavator, the rubber tracks must be appropriate in terms of their size, their intended purpose, and the design of the equipment as well. Consulting with a distributor who has experience in the measurement and replacement of rubber tracks, like Tag Equipment in Stouffville, can be most helpful in making the right choice.
Rubber Tracks for Sale for Bobcat and All Other Skid Steer Makes and Models
The team at Tag Equipment recognizes the importance of dependable performance in the use of compact excavating machines. This reliability is often directly proportional to the quality of the moving parts on these vehicles; consequently, Tag Equipment is pleased to provide the Camso (formerly camoplast) brand of rubber tracks for customers who need to replace the rubber tracks for their skid steers.
Camso (camoplast) rubber tracks offer several advantages over standard rubber tracks:
- Durability – as much as 50% or longer service life
- Superior protection against de-tracking, carcass puncture, and edge cutting
- Exceptional warranties: up to 2500 hours non-prorated on material and workmanship
Tag Equipment has rubber tracks for sale for the leading makes and models of skid steer vehicles; their inventory includes mini-rubber tracks and rubber tracks for Bobcat, CAT, Kubota, John Deere, and more. A sampling of Tag’s extensive inventory would include:
- Bobcat rubber tracks
- Kubota rubber tracks
- John Deere rubber tracks
- Caterpillar (or CAT) rubber tracks
Looking for superior quality rubber tracks for your skid steer vehicle? Call the compact equipment specialists at Tag Equipment today at 647-559-3703 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives.