Astrak supply a wide range of rubber tracks for all sorts of tracked machinery.
It can be tricky to know which size you need if you’re in the market for a rubber track for your excavator or tracked machine.
This guide will help you identify the best size of rubber track for your machine.
Step 1: Measure the Track Width
Before you can identify which rubber track you need, you need first to measure the track width. Track width is typically measured in millimeters and is usually printed on the existing track. If not, you can measure the track width by measuring the distance between the two innermost points of the track.
Step 2: Identify the Pitch
The pitch of a rubber track is the distance between two adjacent track lugs, which is measured in millimeters. Pitch is important to note when buying a rubber track, as the track’s pitch and width need to match up exactly to be compatible with your vehicle.
Step 3: Consider the Number of Links
The number of links is the total number of metal lugs that make up the rubber track. This number should also match up with the existing track for the track to be compatible with your vehicle. If the number of links doesn’t match up, the track won’t fit.
Step 4: Look at the Brand and Model of Machine
In some cases, the machine’s brand and model can determine what sort of rubber track you need. Different models of vehicles may require specific tracks, so it’s essential to research the correct track for your make and model.
Step 5: Identify the Type of Rubber Track
The type of rubber track you need will depend on the machine you have and the conditions in which you plan to use it. Several types of rubber tracks are available, such as solid, non-marking, and anti-detracking. Consider the terrain and the type of vehicle you’re using before selecting a type of track.
Maximise the life of your Rubber Track
In order to get the best from your tracks, Astrak recommend following these guidelines:
- It is essential to maintain the correct tension on your tracks at all times. Check your machine’s operating manual for details.
- Periodically check the undercarriage components (i.e. sprocket, rollers and idler) for wear. Wear and damage of the undercarriage components can affect track performance and durability.
- Limit the use of your machine on large, sharp rocky surfaces and sharp steel edges.
- Avoid fast sharp turns and side slope turns.
- Prevent large foreign objects from becoming entangled in your undercarriage.
- Do not drive with track sidewall edges pressing against hard walls, curbs and other objects.
- If oil or a similar product gets on the track, it should be removed. Over time, oil will degrade the rubber quality.
- When storing your machine for a period of time, it should be kept indoors away from rain and direct sunlight in order to prolong the life of the rubber tracks.
Please contact our team if you would like assistance in identifying or measuring a rubber track.