Track Loader Maintenance: 5 Ways to Extend The Life of Your Machine
Track Loader Maintenance Tips:
5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Machine
Owning and operating a track loader is an investment, and should be treated as such. Taking the time to ensure you’re doing everything you can to extend the longevity of your equipment is the responsible way to get the most out of your investment.
1. UNDERCARRIAGE MAINTENANCE
It’s important to implement a regular inspection schedule for the undercarriage of your track loader. At the most basic level, consistently cleaning the machine’s undercarriage will ensure that it’s able to function properly and uninterrupted by debris. Clear the tracks of any caked on mud, dirt or gravel using a shovel at least once every day to prevent premature damage, paying close attention to the roller wheels at the front and back of the machine. Additionally, routine examination will make you aware of any missing or damaged parts that need to be replaced or repaired. A well-maintained undercarriage will go a long way in extending the lifespan of your track loader.
2. ATTACHMENT MAINTENANCE
An equally important inspection to conduct – your track loader’s attachments. Items such as buckets, blades and backhoes are susceptible to issues that can easily go overlooked. For example, if a tooth bucket loses a tooth, you shouldn’t use it until the tooth is replaced so the remaining teeth don’t experience unequal amounts of wear. With a backhoe attachment, all of the pivot points must be treated with grease regularly to eliminate the risk of dirt and debris wearing them down. Also, storing all components of the machine in a safe, dry place will prevent any damage from weathering in the elements. Owners should acquaint themselves with the tasks associated with each attachment’s routine maintenance.
3. TRACK MAINTENANCE
Another way to extend the life of your track loader is to stay aware of the conditions of the tracks. The tension of the tracks can severely impact the performance of the equipment. Some operators establish a schedule to check track tension after a certain number of hours of operation, while others opt to check the tension as a part of their daily routine. If the tension is loose, the track could fall off. But, if it’s too tight, the tracks could be damaged. Ideal track tension levels vary based upon the size of the machine, however, the standard acceptable range is about 15-30 mm. Maintaining proper tension and frequent cleaning will prevent unnecessary track wear.
4. DRIVER TRAINING AND TECHNIQUE
There are many tips and tricks for operating a track loader that can increase its longevity. Making your drivers and operators aware of them could prevent any unnecessary repairs or service calls. Track loaders perform at their best on softer surfaces, such as grass or dirt, and avoiding hard surfaces like concrete is preferable whenever possible. Maintaining a slow speed when in motion will promote the health of the equipment, as well as making wide turns rather than cutting tight corners. Implementing safe practices such as these will significantly benefit your track loader in the long run.
5. ESTABLISH A SERVICE SCHEDULE
All of the recommendations above are tasks that can be completed on a daily basis to sustain a machine's health in between regularly scheduled maintenance appointments. However, having technical professionals work on your track loader on a consistent basis will ensure nothing goes unnoticed by the untrained eye. To guarantee your machine is up to date on all maintenance activities, such as fuel changes, filter replacements and engine checkups, you should take your equipment in for evaluation every 250 hours of use. EquipmentShare’s T3 operating system aims to detect symptoms of maintenance problems before they occur, allowing our trained technicians to address the issue before it becomes one. To learn more about the service solutions we offer, visit our service and maintenance page.