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.
Over the life of your tracks be sure to visually inspect your machine and adjust the tension to fit the job (if you’re erring on the side of caution, slightly loose is better than too tight). Keeping your undercarriage free of dirt and debris is also crucial since that can affect performance of the rollers or front idler. Keeping it clean also lets you visually inspect your tracks for cuts or gouges.
Operators have a big impact on wear and tear as well, which means proper training can save you money down the line. Excessively sharp turns or operating at high speeds will burn through rubber faster than you should. Let your crew know that operating a machine with care is a top priority.
Of course bringing your machine in for low-cost inspections is the surest way to avoid future problems with the undercarriage. Our techs can spot a problem before it becomes a BIG problem, so trust the experts. If you’d like to get your machine into any of our shops, give us a call at any of our three stores. We’ll be glad to help you maximize the life of those tracks.