Schedule inspections at regular intervals to spot problems.
• Monitor your undercarriage routinely.
• Don’t delay repairs or replacements on undercarriage components.
• Install SALT to double wear life.
• Any make, any model
Martin Implement’s technicians are trained to identify undercarriage problems before major repairs are required. By measuring the thickness of the undercarriage components, our technicians can predict how long your undercarriage will last before replacements are needed. During preventive maintenance service, we include undercarriage evaluations at an additional charge.
Undercarriage Maintenance Tips
Extend the life of your undercarriage by following a few simple guidelines.
Double Wear Life with SALT
SALT is Kobelco’s Sealed and Lubricated Track that can more than double the wear life of a standard lubricated track design. With SALT, a hardened bushing is placed over a standard type track bushing. With this configuration, the larger bushing is free to rotate on the smaller bushing, reducing the scrubbing action between the bushing and the sprocket, which doubles the wear life.
Adjust the track for correct tension
Loose tracks can detrack. Over-tightening can cause power loss, excessive roller and idler wear, and could tear the tracks. Refer to your operator’s manual for track inspection and tensioning procedures.
Use the narrowest shoe possible
Wider shoes can cause problems maneuvering by sticking out farther and making it more difficult to turn. Wider shoes may be necessary, however, to keep the machine from sinking in extremely wet conditions.
Keep the undercarriage clean of mud and debris
The accumulation of mud and dirt around the undercarriage can interfere with proper operation by changing the pitch, which changes the component engagement and leads to faster wear. Knock away any debris every day after use, then wash the tracks thoroughly with water.
Minimize high operating speeds
Higher speeds cause more wear on the undercarriage. Use the slowest possible operating speed for the job.
Alternate the turning direction
Continuous turning to the same side can cause asymmetrical wear and accelerate wear for sprocket teeth, track tread, guide lugs and roller flanges.
Inspect your equipment visually every day for signs of wear
Check for cracks, bends and breaks on components. Look for wear on bushings, sprockets and rollers. If you see any components that are shiny, there’s probably an alignment problem. Make sure nuts and bolts are not loose, which can cause abnormal wear by interfering with proper movement of parts.
Control track spinning when filling the bucket
Use loader hydraulics to penetrate into the material to reduce track spinning. Unnecessary spinning of the tracks can accelerate wear and cause cuts in the tracks..