10 Must-know steps On How To Easily Install Mini Excavator Tracks

10 Must-know steps On How To Easily Install Mini Excavator Tracks

Thursday, 06 April, 2017

Are the rubber tracks on your mini excavator worn out on one side and you are in need of a quick replacement? Have there been situations where the site mechanic went on leave and you had to stop work because your mini excavator was out of order? Or do you just want to replace the old steel tracks with rubber ones Then you need to know some basic things about installing rubber tracks on a mini excavator, so as to prevent any delay in your site operations.

Preliminary Steps

Some steps need to be taken before you start installing your rubber tracks on your mini excavator to ensure safety and security. First, make sure you and your assistant are equipped with all the important and necessary safety equipment. Working safely and with precautionary measures when dealing with machine adjustments or maintenance is of utmost importance. Installing rubber tracks on a mini excavator is a two-man job and you need to set your working space by choosing a safe location, removing unnecessary machinery and people nearby, and making sure you work with full safety gears including safety glasses, boots, and high visibility vests, etc.

Installation Steps

Now that you know you know the preliminary steps to take before the installation process, we will be discussing the easiest way to replace a mini excavator rubber tracks, step by step.

Step 1: Releasing the tension from the tracks

After being sure you have purchase the correct mini excavator tracks, remove the grease fitting using a wrench, and step down to the bottom of the track and collapse the idler. Also, make sure to inspect the grease fitting to know whether it needs replacing or not. Move to the next step if it is in good working condition, and replace it if otherwise.

Step 2: Suspending the Track

Push the front blade of the machine down until the front rubber track is totally suspended. To lift the other end of the track upwards, rotate the boom to the other side and push it. This will set the track in a suspended position.

Step 3: Protecting the Hydraulic System

Placing heavy duty jack stands underneath the undercarriage is an important safety measure, as it helps in withstanding the huge mass of the machine. Doing this will protect and safeguard your hydraulic system against hazards or accidents.

Step 4: Dispatching the Track

After safeguarding the hydraulic system, you need to manually remove one end of the track from the teeth of the sprocket. If you are unable to carry out this operation, tell your assistant to start the machine and gradually rotate the track forward to dispatch it from the teeth of the sprocket. To avoid risking accidents, it is important to evacuate people and get rid of items near where you are doing this.

Step 5: Inspecting the Parts

The next step to take involves pulling the track away from the machine. Let your assistant use a forklift to lift the track away from the machine and put it in a safe and secluded place. Thoroughly check the different parts of the machine such as the undercarriage, idlers, top and bottom rollers, and the teeth of the sprocket for any fault or damage. If any of these machine parts has problem, don't stop to repair or replace it immediately. In addition, ensure the undercarriage is clean and free from dirt and debris.

Step 6: Installing the New Track

After removing the worn out track, the next step is to actually install the new one. Bring your new rubber track near the machine, and with the help of your assistant, accurately hook the rubber track onto the teeth of the sprocket at the back end of the machine.

Step 7: Aligning the Front Track

Properly Aligning of the front track with the idler should be done at the time when your helper pushes the track forward and has to be carried out with a pry bar.

Step 8: Maintaining Proper Track Movement

Once the front track had been properly aligned and the tracks retensionsed using the grease in the tension adjustment, repeatedly drive the excavator forward and backward, giving revolutions to the track. Make sure the tracks and other relevant parts of the excavator are moving as normal.

Step 9: Bringing the Track to Ground

Move to the bottom back side of the track and slowly push down the boom to the floor. Lift the blade from this position to lower the front of the track to the ground

Step 10: Final Step

Now you are done and set! Start the engine and resume work and be sure of promotions from your boss.

For any further assistance with parts be sure to contact the staff at Terrappe Group on 18009821166 or email sales@terrappe.com.au.