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Replace Faulty Excavator Tracks the Smart Way

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To dig or transfer heavy objects from the ground, building contractors rely on equipment known as excavators. These construction site mainstays help make construction projects more efficient. And as with every item of machinery, excavators--specifically their tracks--sustain damage after constant use. When replacing excavator tracks, there are a several steps that you need to take.

Prepare Everything Beforehand

Before initiating the replacement, see to it that you have all the necessary tools and equipment ready. This includes wooden blocks, a set of wrenches, a grease pistol, pipes, lubricant, a lever, and, of course, the new tracks. Make sure that the new tracks you acquired have the same specifications as the one you have to replace.

Anytime you buy new tracks for your excavator, see to it that you're buying top-caliber tracks from reliable vendors. Second-class tracks often tear and come apart easily when veering on solid surfaces, or while turning your machine. Installing high-grade tracks is a good way for you to protect yourself and your personnel from any work-related hazards.

Lift the Excavator

Carefully scrutinize which track of your excavator needs replacement. Using your machine's bucket, elevate the part which has the old tracks off the floor. Have another person insert wooden blocks underneath the machine so that area where the faulty track is remains lifted.

Remove Grease Fittings

Right after elevating the track which requires replacement, take out your extractor's tension cover plate (if it has one) from the track frame and try to find the grease fitting. A grease fitting appears like the end segment of a child's feeding bottle and is used in automated systems, such as excavators, to feed lubricants and grease directly into a bearing. The moment your machine's grease fitting has been identified, unfasten it entirely from your machine by means of a socket wrench.

Replace and Re-oil

With the grease fitting detached, press a foot against your extractor's run-down rubber tracks to work it loose and reposition the idler wheel. Once it has loosened up, pull it completely off the drive wheel sprocket. Then, by means of a pry bar, glide the new rubber tracks above the idler wheel and tighten it into position. Last but not least, put the grease fitting back into position and inject oil into it using a grease gun. For more information, visit

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