What You Need to Know About Rubber Excavator Tracks
Excavators are also known as earth moving machines employed for use in construction work such as digging, transportation of construction material from one site to the other, demolitions etc. There are various critical components of excavators which all work together seamlessly to achieve the purpose for which they are built. One such component of these machines is their tracks known as excavator tracks.
Excavator tracks form part of the undercarriage system and are made of specially manufactured steel or rubber pads; their sole responsibility is to aid the excavator to move back and forth on rough terrain. Excavator tracks usually come in steel or rubber, and construction companies make the choice based on the type of terrain they are used on. For instance, a site with muddy earth/marshland, stones, rocks or flat earth will determine whether a steel or rubber track will be ideal.
Where can you purchase them?
There are virtual sellers offering various types of excavator tracks by sizes, types, brand new or slightly used, by brand etc. Additionally there are also well known brand retailers in Australia who have set up shop offering the potential buyer the opportunity to walk in and have a look at the varieties of machines with a sales attendant on hand to answer any questions. Common concerns potential buyers would have include the type whether steel or rubber and which would be more ideal for the terrain being worked on, the size/measurements required, specifications, after sales service etc. It helps to have these clarified especially more so if an online purchase is preferred. Also, in the case of purchasing a previously used machine, it is important to address issues such as the condition of the chains or rubber pads, life expectancy, any missing bolts and nuts etc.
In terms of costs, a few factors need to be considered before a price is arrived at; a buyer/seller would look at the number of hours the machine has been put to use (in the case of previously owned ones). There would also be critical examination of its various parts in terms of wear and tear, as well determining whether the buyer wants to rent or buy it outright. Excavator tracks are averagely priced in the ranges of $800 and $2000. Varying prices will of course be dependent on the type, either rubber or steel.
Typically excavators are built to last between 7,000 and 12,000 machine hours. This however depends on the frequency of use and maintenance. For real value for money and optimum undercarriage performance, there’s the need for maintenance; regular inspection of its components such as bolts and nuts, track tension, rock guards/rollers etc. is critical. The undercarriage area must be cleaned after every construction shift; mud and debris must be cleaned off as caked material embedded in crevices can interfere with continued smooth performance. A build-up of material can also add unwanted weight thereby reducing economical use of fuel. It is also found that sticking to appropriate digging procedures helps; what do we mean? These are outlined in the owner’s manual; following basic instructions goes a long way in reducing the burden of rather expensive replacement costs of excavator undercarriages.
Earth moving machines no doubt play a critical role in infrastructural development; these machines have contributed immensely to modern building technology we see in the 21st century. The building of these machines can only improve with time and with more complex operating systems in the near future.