How to Measure Rubber Tracks for Skid Steers

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There are several measurements and other pieces of information you’ll need to find a replacement rubber track for your compact equipment. Finding the right track is easy if you know the essential aspects involved in this process.

Choosing the Right Replacement Rubber Tracks

When looking for the right replacement track, there are several factors to consider:

Make and Model of the Compact Equipment

First, be sure to check the make, model, and year of the skid steer before selecting rubber tracks. It is the fundamental piece of information required to make an accurate and informed decision.

Rubber Track Size

When ascertaining the size of the track, use the following industry-standard formula:

The Size of Rubber Track = Pitch x Width x Number of Links

· Links are also referred to as teeth or drive lugs.

· The number of links is the total number of lugs in a track.

· Pitch is defined as the distance between the center of one tooth to the center of another.

The Size of the Guiding System

This refers to the arrangement of wheels interlocked with the lugs inside a rubber track. The guide consists of a trough and links. Knowing the correct size of the guide will help prevent the replacement rubber tracks from getting jammed, broken, or thrown.

Guide Size = Inside Guide Bottom x Outside Guide Bottom x Inside Lug Height

The space across the outer base of two links is known as the outside guide bottom. Similarly, the inside guide bottom is the distance between the inner base of the teeth.

The Type of Roller on Your Track

The two major types of rubber track rollers are center and flange. Flange rollers run along the outer surface of the track lugs while center rollers run between them.

Tips to Measure Rubber Tracks

· Width — Gauge the distance across the top of a track in millimetres

· Pitch — Ascertain the distance between the centre of two adjacent lugs

· Number of Links — Count the pairs of teeth on the inside of the skid steer tracks

· Gauge — Measure the distance between the teeth from the inside of two lugs in millimetres

· Markings — Check the markings on the underside of the track to identify its size.

Find the Right Tracks for Your Equipment

Once you are confident that you’ve got your measurements right, you can go ahead and buy some new or replacement tracks for your compact machine. However, if you are not sure, it is best to speak to a specialist to ensure you get the right ones for your equipment. Doing so will help enhance the overall performance, reduce unnecessary downtime, and improve durability.

Specialists are familiar with all makes and models of skid steers, including Bobcat, CAT, GEHL, Case, John Deere, Kubota, and more. Be sure to buy top-quality tracks from a trusted brand such as Camso or Traxter.

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