10 Steps to Install Rubber Tracks on a Compact Track Loader
Installing rubber tracks on your compact track loader can be a frustrating experience, that is, unless you know what you're doing!
You will need a teammate for this job. Not only will a second person help make the job easier, but it will make the job safer too.
You will also need proper safety gear including high-visibility vests, safety glasses and steel boots. Make sure your work area is free of obstacles, debris, and anything else that could get in your way.
You will also need a forklift, square log, 2 pry bars, a ratchet, a grease gun, 2 wooden blocks about 4 feet long, and pipes.
- Step 1:
The first step will be to remove the grease fittings with a wrench. Use a towel to prevent any grease from getting onto the track. Lift the bucket and put it into a vertical position, push on the wood log to compress the tensioning cylinder to remove the grease.
- Step 2:
Place the wooden blocks under the back of the machine parallel to the tracks. Push down on the front blade of your machine, causing the back of the machine to rest on the blocks, suspending the tracks off the ground.
- Step 3:
Start to remove the track on the front idler side using the pry bars. You can use metal tubes between the guide lugs while turning the track to make enough space to easily remove the track. Then remove the track on the sprocket side. Do the same on the rear idler side. You can lift the compact track loader higher if needed. This is a good time to inspect the undercarriage for damage and wear. Clean away any excess dirt and debris.
- Step 4:
Use a forklift to bring the new track as close to the compact track loader as possible. Place the track on the frame to make sure there is no slack. Using the forklift, place the track partially around the rear idler. This step requires patience and care. Pull the track around the bottom of the rear idler and use a pry bar to wrap the track around the sprocket. Finish the installation around the rear idler.
- Step 5:
At the front idler, install three pipes every two lugs while turning the track. Be careful not to get your hands trapped. Stop the track’s rotation when the three pipes are engaged around the idler. This allows the required space to slide the lugs over the idler with a pry bar and then remove the bars.
- Step 6:
Tighten the zerk fitting and remove any acess grease and pump new grease into the fitting with a grease gun.
- Step 7:
Tension the track. Make sure to have one inch of sag between the track and center mid roller.
- Step 8:
Turn the track a few times to be sure it’s turning without any problems and to check that there is no adjustments needed.
- Step 9:
Using the boom, lower the machine back down to the floor.
- Step 10:
Now you can get back to work!
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