Ask The Experts: How Do I Determine When I Need To Replace My Rubber Tracks?

Ask the Experts is a recurring segment where we share expert advice from our professional staff. In our latest Ask the Experts segment, we go over how you determine when you need to replace the rubber tracks on your compact track loader or mini excavator.

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Parts Special: 10% OFF Complete Sets of Skid Steer Tires & Rubber Tracks!

Choose from high-quality tire and rubber track sets from our parts department to improve traction and performance on any make or model. Through August, they’re 10% off if you buy the full set.

The idea behind rubber tracks is that they increase traction while minimizing ground impact. The ample surface area means your machine’s weight is more evenly distributed, allowing for greater “flotation,”  which provides an advantage with challenging terrain. Also because of the greater weight disbursement, compact track loaders (and smaller utility loaders like the Toro Dingo) are good choices for landscape and construction work at existing homes.
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On the Job Site: Rubber Tracks vs. Wheels

Deciding between rubber tracks and wheels depends on the job site conditions  © CNH Media Collective

Spring time is prime time for rubber track loaders.  We’ve seen our rental machines go out a bunch lately to combat the soft soil conditions usually found this time of year.  With all that on our mind we thought it’d be a good idea to revisit our look at the benefits of tracks versus wheeled skid steer loaders.  Enjoy!

Total Landscape Care ran a great article last Friday comparing the benefits of rubber track loaders verses traditional wheeled skid steer loaders (read it in full HERE).  The basic conclusion of their comparison is clear: consider cost when making a decision, but ultimately choose the machine that best fits the work you’ll be doing. Continue reading

Tech Tip: Undercarriage Maintenance on Track Loaders

Worn rubber tracks on a New Holland compact track loader

Keep an eye out for cuts or gouges

Question: what are the two biggest operating costs of a track loader?  If you said fuel and undercarriage give yourself a pat on the back.  Tracks wear out over time, but maintaining your undercarriage will help you avoid expensive repairs down the line.  A few adjustments here and there can extend the life of your tracks, which according to New Holland generally get between 800 – 2,000 hours depending on the severity of your work. Continue reading

Rent It: Kubota KX040 Mini-Excavator

Kubota KX040 mini-excavator dumping dirt

Fuel efficiency and power combine in the new KX040 excavator © Kubotalink

We just added a new Kubota KX040-4 mini-excavator into our rental fleet, which is great news for fans of the KX121 and other mid-sized Kubota excavators.  The KX040 is one of the next generation excavators from Kubota, which are more fuel-efficient and operator friendly than ever. Continue reading

Bruss Landscaping Wins a C232 Track Loader for a Year!

Eric Bruss accepts the keys to his brand new C232 track loader with CNH’s Paul Wade (far Left) and Martin Implement’s Brad Beaulieu (2nd from Right) and Randy Dolister (far Right) looking on

Every year Total Landscape Care Magazine has a “Landscaper of the Year” contest in which they recognize landscapers from around the country for the services they offer, the quality of their work and their involvement in the community. Last summer after posting a press release of a recent project, Eric Bruss, owner of Bruss Landscaping got a call from TLC Magazine encouraging his company to enter. Continue reading

Rent It: Kobelco 70SR Excavator

Rent a Kobelco 70SR excavator at low daily, weekly and monthly rates

This spring we added a new Kobelco 70SR excavator to our rental fleet, giving us a powerful mid-size excavator to offer our customers.  The mid-size 70SR is great because it’s stronger than a mini-excavator but more maneuverable than a full-size steel track machine.  It’s the perfect machine for landscaping and construction work of all types, from simple trenching and grading to more intensive home building or demolition. Continue reading

Rubber Track Maintenance for Excavators

Keep an eye on your tracks – a worn track will cost you production

Every once in a while you stumble across great information in an unexpected place.  Case and point: these rubber track maintenance tips that we recently found on an eBay buyer’s guide! Continue reading

Rent It: Kubota Mini-Excavators

Kubota Mini-ExcavatorWe just added two brand new Kubota mini-excavators to the rental fleet!  Now you can rent a low-hour KX057 or KX41-3 at our affordable rental rates.  Kubota excavators are some of the most reliable and easy-to-use on the market, so talk to our rental department and find out for yourself! Continue reading