Undercarriage repairs can make up almost 50% of overall maintenance costs on a piece of construction equipment, which means it’s that much more important to properly care for pieces of crawler machinery. If you’re looking to extend the undercarriage life, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind and in regular practice.
Tracks that are too tight can wear out up to three times faster than tracks that have been properly adjusted. Needless to say keeping track of your track tension should be at the top of your list of priorities for undercarriage maintenance. And it’s not just general use that can wreck track tension, either. External factors like moisture and soil changes can warrant a tension tune-up and even new grouser tracks installation. Above all else, it’s important to remember to keep up with regular tension checks and to look out for potential factors that could affect tension.
Debris on the Tracks
If there’s foreign material constantly caught up in your machinery, it’s going to take a toll on your undercarriage and on your grouser steel tracks. This is a particularly prominent issue in landfills where conditions can cause a lot of packed and frozen debris to become stuck in your machine’s tracks. It’s important that you pay close attention to the tracks during any job and clean our debris as needed so no grouser track rebuilding is necessary.
Equipping your machine to handle specific condition may mean changing the show width. If at all possible, you should aim for the narrowest possible shoe that still provides effective function in the working conditions. But keep in mind: a show that’s too narrow will cause additional undercarriage and track wear, while a shoe that’s too wide may bend and crack more easily. They key is finding the proper balance.
Speaking of balance, machine balance is another crucial factor in maintaining undercarriages. If a machine isn’t properly balanced, an operator may put wider shoes on, not realizing the root of the issue. A properly balanced machine will have even wear across grouser tracks parts and all grouser bars.
When you’re taking care of a machine or even planning on new grouser tracks installation, it’s important that you keep the undercarriage in mind. It could end up saving you a lot in maintenance costs!