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The basics for longer-wearing tracks
Tracks are an important element that make up your equipment’s undercarriage. Undercarriage maintenance is extremely important because it’s the most costly part of any tracked machine. The undercarriage represents roughly 20 percent of the initial cost of the equipment, and 40 percent to 60 percent of its maintenance costs over the machine’s service life. For this reason, you should never put off repairing or replacing undercarriage components, including tracks.
To gauge wear on tracks, check for deflection within the track and on the machine, and check the tread strip or indicator for tread life. The key indicator that you are in need of new tracks is chunking (chunks of tracks that have been removed due to wear).
A key element of track upkeep is monitoring how much mud and dirt accumulates after each use. Try to clean your tracks and undercarriage often, as buildup can interfere with proper operation when you change the pitch and alter the component engagement, leading to faster wear.
Track tension also should be monitored in actual working conditions; if you have to choose between tight and loose, you should opt for loose tension. You will not only reduce chain life when it is too tight, but also put a strain on other components, including the front idler and carrier rollers. Routine monitoring also gives operators a chance to check for any loose or worn parts that may need to be replaced.
Get the agriculture and construction tracks that can survive all ground conditions, including hard-packed soil, rocks, dirt, clay, mud and snow, with Camso tracks from your Case IH dealer. They’re available in a variety of sizes in both standard and HXD tread patterns. These tracks can be used on compact track loaders, mini-excavators and multi-terrain loaders, as well as for all agriculture and scraper applications.