How to Replace Tracks on a Mini Excavator
Mini Excavators are usually run on two types of terrain when in use. The first is what some refer to as virgin soil/grass and the other is on very rough surfaces such as asphalt. As a result of continuous rugged use on rough surfaces, the rubber will eventually come off and you will likely have to replace your tracks. In order to extend the life of your tracks, you should perform regular maintenance on your mini excavator.
Selecting the Right Tracks
When choosing the correct rubber track, consider the type of surface that the excavator will be mostly used on. The specific tread pattern and the quality of the rubber are very important when it comes to selecting the track that will best suit your needs. Low-quality rubber tracks equal premature replacement in the near future. Tracks that are made of high-performance rubber will increase the longevity of your tracks. Choosing the right tread pattern is imperative if you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your tracks. Differences in tread patterns can really make all the difference in the world when it comes to how your mini excavator handles on various terrain.
Replacing the Rubber Tracks
In order to replace the tracks of the mini excavator, the side of the machine is to be lifted a little with the help of the bucket. Specially made wooden blocks are to be kept in between the surface and the undercarriage of the excavator so that the machine will rest on the wooden blocks which will keep the track separated from the machine. The steel grease fitting near the track idler is to be taken out using a wrench. The track idler may then be pushed to the center of the track using the bucket. The grease left by the grease fitting will come out and ultimately the track will loosen on its own at this point. Remember to remove all the used grease entirely. After removing the grease, the old rubber track can be replaced with a new track. You can now lift the grease fitting and put it back on using the same wrench you used to take it off. Apply fresh grease to the grease fitting using a grease gun. After adding the grease, the track idler will move outward, and you may see it sag. This sag should match the other track, if it doesn’t, you may need more grease. The wooden blocks can be removed after lifting the machine. The mini excavator can then be lowered to the ground. If you are looking to buy rubber tracks for your mini excavator, contact the experts at Track Mart today to find out what we can to keep you rolling in the dirt!
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