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How to replace your excavator’s rubber tracks?

Rubber tracks are what makes excavators, bobcats or skid steer loaders efficient. For companies that depend on all terrain, heavy duty machinery it is imperative that they use rubber tracks that are durable and resilient. However like most of the machine parts, they do wear out. If your excavator needs replacement of rubber tracks you need not to worry as you can read all about replacing them here.

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First of all you will have to lift the side of your excavator whose rubber trackneeds to be replaced. To do this you can use the bucket of the machine to raise it. Once raised, use blocks to create counterweight and place them underneath. With support of the blocks, the rubber track will be off the ground and can be easily replaced.

You can then start removing the grease fitting. You will find it next to the track idler. If you are doing it the first time you should see that track idlers are the wheels at the end of the track. You can identify the grease fitting easily if you look for something that looks like a baby bottle’s end. A wrench of the same size will have to be used to remove the grease fitting so that you can proceed to the next step.

Now you will have to take care of the grease in the rubber tracks. It is imperative that rubber tracks have ample lubricant to move effectively. However when you are replacing them, they can become a boon for you. Get hold of a pry bar and push the wheels or track idlers towards the middle of the track. You will notice that the hole in which grease fitting was will start to leave grease. Also the rubber track will also start to loose. You can now safely remove the track and replace it with the new one.

Once you have replaced it, you will again place the grease fitting into its hole and re-grease the track. It is recommended that you use a grease gun to ensure that the track is well lubricated. When you start greasing the idlers will start to move towards their original position and develop tension in the rubber track. However you don’t need to have full tensed track. Match the sag in the other rubber track and stop greasing when it is similar to it.

Now that you are done it’s time to lower the truck. You will have to raise it like before with the bucket of your excavator and remove the blocks from the undercarriage. You can easily find rubber tracks now through internet. When you want to buy rubber tracks for your heavy duty machinery you should rely on the same companies whose tracks you were using earlier. Most rubber tracks offer a year worth of warranty so make sure that you can claim yours. Always use rubber tracks that you and your mechanics have used and trust on. If you are looking for alternatives make sure you do your due diligence to make sure you don’t regret buying them. Go to http://www.fortusgroup.com.au/browse-products/rubber-tracks.html.