When to Replace Rubber Tracks
Rubber tracks are an essential component of many types of heavy equipment, including excavators, loaders, and skid steers. They provide traction and stability on various terrains, allowing these machines to operate on challenging terrain. However, like all mechanical parts, rubber tracks wear out over time and need to be replaced. Knowing the signs of wear, and when to replace rubber tracks is essential for proper machine maintenance and for preventing more costly repairs in the future.
How often to change rubber tracks
It is recommended to change rubber tracks every 1,000 to 2,000 hours of operation. However, this is just a rough guideline and may vary depending on the conditions your machine has operated in. For instance, if you often use your equipment in harsh conditions such as rocky or muddy terrain, you may need to replace your rubber tracks more frequently than if you primarily work on smoother surfaces.
Factors that affect rubber track lifespan
Type of use: Heavy use and rough terrain cause more wear and tear, as do moving heavy loads.
Improper maintenance: Failing to regularly remove dirt and debris, lubricate moving parts, and inspect equipment regularly will result in faster wear and tear.
Environmental factors: Extreme temperatures or exposure to chemicals can cause the rubber to degrade more quickly.
Improper operation: Speeding excessively, overloading, or making sharp turns will put extra stress on the tracks, reducing their lifespan.
Determining when to get a rubber track repair or replacement, ultimately comes down to careful consideration of all these factors, as well as consulting with the manufacturer or a qualified mechanic.
Signs of rubber track wear
Familiarising yourself with the signs of rubber track wear is essential to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your equipment. Identifying signs of wear early on can prevent more significant damage from occurring, which can ultimately save on repairs or replacements. The following are signs you may need to consider a replacement:
- Cracks or splits in the rubber tracks
- Wear on the lugs or tread bars
- Uneven wear on the tracks
- Reduced traction or slipping of the tracks
- Increased vibration or shaking while operating the equipment
- Deformation or flattening of the tracks
- Increased noise while operating the equipment
- Excessive track movement or bouncing
- Visible signs of tearing or fraying of the rubber tracks
- Reduced overall performance and efficiency of the equipment.
What happens if I don’t replace my rubber tracks
If you don’t replace your worn-out rubber tracks, it can lead to serious problems with your equipment. First and foremost, worn-out tracks can cause a loss of traction and stability, which can lead to accidents and injuries. Damaged or worn-out tracks can also cause your machinery to perform poorly, increasing fuel consumption and decreasing productivity.
Over time, this can lead to costly repairs and downtime. Investing in replacement rubber tracks will help you save money in the long run by preventing further damage and extending the lifespan of your equipment.
How to replace rubber tracks
You can either get a professional to replace your tracks, or you can do it yourself. We have a very helpful video that can show you how to replace rubber track on a mini excavator or skid steer.
Always use high-quality rubber tracks made from high-grade rubber compounds for long-lasting track usage. Tradefaire International stocks a range of premium replacement rubber tracks for excavators and other machines. We are recognised as the leading supplier of tracks, and are here to service any of your track or tyre related needs. Whether it’s replacement rubber tracks for skid steers, excavators, or any other equipment you need, we’re here to help. Simply get in touch by calling 1300 915 078 or filling out our online contact form.