CTLs, carrier dumpers, and mini excavators are important pieces of machinery on any construction site. When outfitted with quality rubber tracks, using these machines is much more efficient and even enjoyable. From regular maintenance to proper operation, find out how to get the most out of your rubber tracks here.
One of the best ways to extend the life of rubber tracks is to operate the heavy machinery appropriately. Whether it’s a CTL or a harvester, correct operating habits contribute to the operator’s safety and machine’s performance, as well as the longevity of the rubber tracks. Some tips to ensure correct operation include:
- Reading and understanding the operator’s manual before initial use
- Avoiding reckless driving, including excessive spinning
- Considering the terrain and any possible slopes before use
- Sprinkling sand on the ground for traction if working on concrete or asphalt
- Going over a curb head-on rather than at an angle
Consider the 3 Rs
When operating machinery with rubber tracks, it’s important to keep the three Rs in mind: rocks, rebar, and roots. Each of these obstacles can cause significant damage to the tracks. Some examples of damage include cuts, punctures, and wear.
Use the Right Tracks
One of the easiest ways to extend the life of rubber tracks is to use the right tracks on the right equipment. Consider your machinery and your primary working conditions. Choose tracks that are compatible with your machine and the terrain you’ll be working on.
Regularly inspecting and maintaining your rubber tracks is a given when it comes to extending their life span. Take the time to inspect the tracks before and after each use. This will ensure that you catch any signs of wear, puncture, or stress. It’s also beneficial to clean your rubber tracks after use in mud, sand, and other debris. Cleanliness eliminates the buildup of debris, slows wear, and provides a clear view of any potential damage.