Let’s face it, the cost of the undercarriage on heavy equipment is costly and can reach into the 5-figure range for replacement, but there are a few things you can do to maintain your equipment to make it last. Your first step is to partner with a reliable parts distributor that will ensure you receive the parts you need and that they won’t try to sell you something you don’t need or want. With over 2000 Track Chains to choose from, TRACKS N TEETH can help you save on cost while ensuring you have reliable after-market parts to keep you rolling. The second step is to make sure you understand not only how the equipment works but also what specifications and procedures the manufacturer has created for the consumer to follow. In the long run, this will protect you and the equipment regarding warranty coverage and factory defects.
Now, let’s talk about Track Chains.
Track Chains literally keep your equipment moving by providing accurate pitch, tension, and sag. If any of these three elements are off, it may cause damage to the chain or to the other parts that the track chain comes in contact with, such as the Sprocket, Idler, Rollers, Track Shoes, etc. Since the Track Chains are a linkage component, your equipment may be considered a Dry Chain or a Lubricated Chain; make sure you check with your manufacturer specifications to confirm the type of Track Chain that is on your equipment before ordering parts.
A key factor in the life cycle of the Track Chain is maintenance; and while it may be easier to take a cursory glance and move on to the next job, there are a few things you may consider evaluating before and after each job that will support proper performance such as:
Tension-Too tight or too slack? What does the manufacturer have the Track Chain set to, and do you have the tools to calibrate the Track Chain properly?
Debris-Mud? Rocks? Do you need a quick swipe of a brush or a day at the maintenance bay to remove the debris thoroughly?
Terrain-Working in rocks or mud? What Track Shoe is best for each job? The width of the Track Shoe plays a role in the type of terrain for movement, durability, and safety.
Components-What are the other parts looking like? Is there wear on the Idler? How about the Rollers or Sprockets? When were the Bushings/Pins last checked and measured?
Environment-Work in a coastal or rainy area? Is there rust present or metal shavings accumulating? Is the damage surface level or deeper?
While you may have followed all the manufacturer’s recommendations and maintenance schedules and performed your own in-depth evaluations, parts just eventually wear out and need to be replaced.
The friendly industry experts at TRACKS N TEETH are here to assist you in finding what you need and to answer any questions you may have. Check out our extensive online inventory at www.tracksnteeth.com and let TRACKS N TEETH get you rolling again!
A few tips to keep your equipment moving you forward:
- Follow all manufacturer specifications for parts, repairs, and maintenance
- Inspect equipment daily, including before and after each project
- Partner with a distributor you can trust
TRACKS N TEETH offers after-market parts to keep your machines running and your business thriving. With a large selection of undercarriage parts, TRACKS N TEETH keeps you moving forward with The Right Part, the Right Price, Every Day. Reach out to our friendly industry professionals today at 206-486-4995 or visit us at www.tracksnteeth.com and click on our “Contact Us” page to send us a message.