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TRACK CARE TIP – UNDERSTANDING LOADING STRESS


Camoplast construction rubber tracks are manufactured using premium quality materials and designed for greatest durability. But even then they are still pervious to damage caused by one of the most common practices – loading and unloading the machine.

Primarily prime movers with tipping bodies are the general mode of transport for mini excavators, compact track loaders and multi terrain loaders. Machines are loaded and unloading by using metal ramps. This method brings forth a number of issues due to the height of the body creating a greater incline.

It is this step transition from truck-to-ramp and ramp-to-ground that causes the greatest strain on the track construction. The main area of damage is the pivot point at the ramp-to-truck area in which the machine “rocks” then “drops”. Basically the complete machine and operator weight is hinging on a very narrow point. In most cases, track snapping is a result of continual unloading and loading of equipment which has cause a fracture or week point in the track*. The snap could happen at any stage.

Another factor that can cause track damage is aggressive rungs on the ramps which causes grabbing of tread lugs.  This causes severe torque on lugs and internally when unloading or loading.

The best practice is minimise the degree of slope. Where possible use a low deck trailer with long, low impact ramps to create a smoother transition.