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Track Shoes-Size Matters

The Track Shoes on an undercarriage system may look like just a simple continuous link of metal or other material, but the Track Shoe is a bit more complex than what meets the eye. The Track Shoes’ main function is to move and support the machinery while distributing the weight of the equipment and material it is moving. While we will discuss the different aspects of the Track Shoe below, we want to cover a few basics first.

All undercarriage parts have a specific expected life cycle based on the manufacturer’s application and specifications. Always refer to your manufacturer’s specifications for the maintenance, repair options, and warranty details. This information will allow you to align with all warranties and protect you from factory defects, should they occur.

When you do need replacement parts, partner with our friendly industry experts at TRACKS N TEETH, we have a vast inventory and will work with you to get the parts you need to keep you moving.

A few things to look for when you are inspecting the Track Shoes on your equipment may be loose trackpads, broken track pins, improper track tension, wear on the bolts, spacers, or guards, bending (trailing edge), and any other components listed in your manufacture’s specifications. If any of these items show damage or wear, it may be time for a new set of Track Shoes.

So, what about the size? The Track Shoe size should match the usage and environment for the safety and longevity of the equipment. Rocky environments require a narrower track to maneuver and reduce the wear on the components, which also reduces the surface energy being used and fed back into the equipment. Remember that the wider the span of the Track Shoe, the greater the pressure depending on the terrain application, which may lead to increased wear, especially on the Pins and Bushings.

The type of Track Shoes also play a role in usage and compatibility of the environment, such as slanted, flat, bent, asymmetrical, rubber, notched, single/double/triple Grouser, chamfered, swamp, road-liner, bolt-on, clip-on, smooth, and more. While the options may seem overwhelming for Track Shoes, the type you need for your equipment will correlate with the application for the job, which may include the following factors: rough surface, rock, large organic debris, soil, and elevations. As always, check your manufacturer specifications and reach out to TRACKS N TEETH if you have questions.

Once you have figured out the size, application, and type of Track Shoe, how can you reduce unnecessary wear and tear?

– Extend Your Turns-Losing a track on a job site incurs extra costs and loss of productivity.

– Usage-use the right track for the job.

– Elevation-Working on a slope may require appropriate drive motor positioning.

– Purchase-Keep the tracks on the ground with the proper force to reduce spinning the tracks.

Not sure what would work best for your application? Curious as to the different Track Shoe types? Reach out to us, and we will be happy to answer your questions and help you find what is best for your equipment.

A few tips to keep your equipment moving you forward:

  1. Follow all manufacturer specifications for parts, repairs, and maintenance
  2. Inspect equipment daily, including before and after each project
  3. 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.

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