When it comes to skid steer tracks, knowing about the maintenance costs can help you reduce the overall expenditure
Did you know that you can manage almost 70% of the operating expenses of skid steers?
This is because they involve maintenance and operational expenses, which you can easily control. It helps to know that there are a variety of factors that affect the life of your tracks, including the application of the equipment and the way you manage it. However, you can significantly reduce the operating expenses by correctly maintaining the machine and its attachments, particularly the skid steer tracks.
Skid Steer Track Maintenance Costs that You Can Control
- Track Tension
Keeping your track well adjusted helps to improve its life and enhance the overall performance of your machine. You should examine the track tension and adjust it when required.
- Loose Tracks
If the tracks of your skid steer are loose, it can damage the lug on them and cause the equipment to derail. This is why it helps to ensure that the tracks are correctly installed.
- Tight Tracks
If you install the tracks too tightly, it can increase wear on them, and may also damage roller wheels, sprockets, lugs, and drive motors. Regular inspections can help you avoid such situations.
- Undercarriage Care
The undercarriage of a skid steer is often exposed to debris and dirt, which is why it helps to clean it daily. Especially, abrasive materials, such as sand, mud, gravel, and clay, should be cleaned out at least once a day. To prevent freeze-ups and minimize moisture build-up during the winter season, you should run the machine forward and reverse before shutting it down.
Compact Track Loaders (CTL) vs Multi-Track Loaders (MTL)
If you’re considering purchasing new equipment, it helps to understand the durability and performance differences between the tracks of a multi-track loader and a compact track loader. Although both MTLs and CTLs need rubber tracks, their track undercarriage design is quite different. This is why each machine is used for various applications.
Compact Track Loaders
CTLs use steel, both in their undercarriage components and embedded into their rubber tracks. This is why CTLs have a longer operating life and lower costs across different terrains. However, the use of steel makes compact track loaders heavier than multi-track loaders, leading to higher ground pressure that can damage a delicate terrain.
On the other hand, MTLs utilize rubber-coated roller wheels and rubber tracks, which makes them lighter when compared to CTLs. They are also apt for working on delicate ground conditions without causing damage. Also, they can achieve a higher speed than CTLs. However, multi-track loaders are less durable than compact track loaders on rough terrain.
Design of the Undercarriage
The design of the undercarriage on a CTL and an MTL are quite different. While multi-terrain loaders are typically used on delicate surfaces with lighter loads, the compact track loaders are best suited for rough ground conditions. Also, an MTL should not be used for more aggressive or rugged applications.
We Carry a Wide Range of Rubber Tracks for Sale
At Tag Equipment, we have a wide selection of skid steer rubber tracks, CTL rubber tracks and MTL rubber tracks.
We carry tracks by major brands such as CAMSO and Traxter at the best prices.
We carry tracks for the following CTL makes & models:.
|Case 420 CT||Case 420CT-3||Case TR270|
|Case 440CT||Case 440CT-3||Case TR310|
|Case 445CT||Case 445CT-3||Case TR320|
|Case 450CT||Case 450CT-3||Case TR340|
Our line-up includes tracks for the following MTL makes & models:
|Cat 247||Cat 267||Cat 279C||Cat 289C2|
|Cat 247B2||Cat 267B||Cat 279C2||Cat 297C|
|Cat 257||Cat 269C||Cat 287||Cat 299C|
|Cat 257B2||Cat 277||Cat 287B|
|Cat 259||Cat 277B||Cat 287C|
|Cat 259B3||Cat 277C||Cat 289C|