Rubber Tracks or Steel Tracks : Which Should I Choose?

Selecting the right track for your excavator, skid steer or other tracked machinery can be daunting.

Should you use the traditional

steel track

or opt for a



It’s essential to make the right decision to get the most out of your vehicle and keep it running smoothly over the long haul.

The Pros and Cons of Rubber Tracks

Rubber tracks are becoming increasingly popular in the excavator industry. They offer several advantages over steel tracks, such as:

  • Lower noise levels

    , making them ideal for urban applications

  • Lower vibration

    , which can extend the life of other components on the vehicle and increases operator comfort
  • Reduced ground pressure, which is essential for excavators used in wet or muddy conditions
  • Better traction in slippery conditions
  • Less damage to the working surface

On the downside, rubber tracks can be more expensive than steel tracks and don’t last as long. They are also more prone to cuts and tears caused by harsh terrain, which can require a replacement.

The Pros and Cons of Steel Tracks

Steel tracks are the traditional option for heavy equipment. They are strong and durable and can handle a lot of abuse.

The downside is that they are much noisier and more expensive than rubber tracks and can cause a lot of vibration, which can be hard on the vehicle’s other components. They also cause significant damage to the surface underneath them while they are working.


When choosing between rubber and steel tracks, it’s important to consider your specific needs.

Rubber tracks may be better if you want a quieter, more comfortable ride. However, if you are looking for a durable, long-lasting track, steel tracks might be the way to go. Ultimately, the decision is up to your assessment of the task ahead.

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