How to find a rubber track size for replacement?
Are you looking for a replacement rubber track for your mini excavator, mini digger, skid steer or other vehicle? Here is a quick and simple guide to help you identify the rubber track size that will fit your machine. There are three possible ways for you to find the correct aftermarket rubber track.
The easiest way is to use the search box. By entering the make and the model of your machine, the search engine will automatically propose you the perfect rubber track measure.
Alternatively, to receive the appropriate replacement rubber track, you need to know the following information: the track width (mm), the pitch (mm) and the number of links (#).
You can get these measurements by reading the markings on the existing rubber track that indicate the size. They should be stamped on the rubber along the inside of the track. If these information are not available, grab a measure tape and take these three measurement:
1. Measure the width of the track in millimetres;
2. Measure the distance from the centre of one link to the centre of the next link (in millimetres). This is known as the track pitch distance;
3. Count the number of links. This is the quantity of pairs of links on the inside of the track. Mark one of the links off and then count each link around the total circumference of the track until returning back to the link which was marked. Links are also known as drive lugs or teeth.
Once you have these information, enter them in the search box on the top of the page, and buy the perfect track among our rubber tracks.
How to remove and install a rubber track?
Removing and installing a rubber track on an excavator, mini digger, skid steer or other vehicle is a pretty simple operation that can be easily done in less than half an hour. If it is your first time it may take a little more depending on your mechanical skills. We recommend to work with someone to assist you, and that both of you are wearing proper safety gear. Also make sure that the work area is clear from other people and dangers.
1.Lift your machine from the ground, approximately 150mm (6 inches), in order to gain space to work on the rubber tracks. Help yourself pushing down the front blade of the machine and the backhoe arm to lift it. We recommend to use blocks or jack stands (approved for the weight), to support the machine in case of hydraulic failure.
2. Unthread the nut from the track tension device. Grease will come out and loose the track tension. Help the tension wheel retiring by pushing down on the centre of the rubber track with your foot.
3.See if you can manually remove the rubber track from the tension wheel. If it’s necessary help yourself with a wooden bar and run the engine to slowly move forward the rubber track.
4.Put the new rubber track under the machine and pull it on the undercarriage. Properly fit it on the sprocket-wheel and then pull it on the tension wheel. Help yourself with a wooden bar if needed. Avoid using a steel bar to put to preserve the good conditions of the rubber track and the undercarriage.
5.Tighten the track tension device nut and pump grease through the valve using a grease gun. The tension wheel will move and it will give again tension to the rubber track. Remember not to pump too much grease into the tension valve. A gap must be left between the rubber track and the undercarriage.
6. Lower the machine and test it to verify that the new rubber track has been assembled in the correct way. If your new rubber track just assembled does not run fluently on your machine, do not force it and contact us.
How to get maximum life from rubber tracks?
Life of your rubber tracks depends on the way you use and maintain them. There are some tips you can use in order to reduce the wear of your rubber track:
● Use three-point turns to reduce side wear;
● Pressure wash the tracks after every day to keep the rubber tracks clean and prevent packing of soil and debris in undercarriage components;
● Periodically check the track tension checking it every 50-100 hours. Over-tensioning will cause premature wear. Under-tensioning may cause the loader slip off the track;
● Limit non-productive, high-speed travel and reverse operation;
● Avoid driving tangential to steps and rough edges;
● Reduce the usage on extreme temperatures (over +55c or below -25c).
For any other information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How are rubber track made?
We work hard to select the best quality rubber tracks. Our choice always fall on tear-resistant rubber compound made of the best blend of natural and synthetic rubbers and enforced by steel core.
All the tracks we deal are manufactured with Continuous Steel Cord technology. It integrates continuously wound internal cables and no overlapping bond joints. In this way they are able to assure ultimate performance and lifespan even in demanding conditions.