Track Maintenance & Storage
Trackman® Rubber Track
Periodic Storage of Machine
When a rubber tracked machine is to be stored, the following recommendations should be considered.
- Avoid storing tracked machines in direct sunlight. Store indoors or cover tracks with opaque tarpaulin.
- Avoid storing tracked machines in standing water. Store indoors or cover tracks with waterproof tarpaulin.
- Machines stored resting on their tracks (rather than "blocked up") should be moved once a month.
Long-Term Rubber Track Storage
When a rubber track is to be stored for a prolonged period (e.g., for more than three months) the following guidelines should be observed. These guidelines are specifically directed at manufacturers of rubber tracked equipment, as they may hold inventories of rubber track (or replacement rubber tracks) for long periods of time.
- Store tracks in "dark" area, away from direct sunlight. Store indoors, or cover with opaque tarpaulin.
- Store tracks in "cool" (40°F to 60°F, 4.4°C to 15.5°C) area. Avoid storing at temperatures greater than 85°F (29.4°C) for extended periods.
- Store tracks in "relaxed" physical configurations. Store on edge, with bend radii greater than 30 inches and no back-bending.
- Store tracks in draft-free area. Store indoors, protect with tarpaulin if necessary.
- Store tracks in dry area. Store indoors or cover with waterproof tarpaulin.
- Do not store tracks in closed areas with electric devices that generate ozone (such as motors).
- Do not store tracks in closed areas with petrol chemicals or petrol chemical vapors.
- Do not paint tracks in an attempt to protect them from ozone, moisture or other elements.
- Provide CO, fire extinguishers or halon fire suppression systems in rubber track storage areas.
Rubber Track Maintenance
The following guidelines pertain to rubber track in use on a machine, and are generally directed at distributors and end-users of rubber tracked equipment. Adherence to these guidelines will maximize both the service life and the performance of rubber track.
- Inspect and service the undercarriage components frequently to ensure that there is no obvious damage, that the track is being tensioned properly, and that the track exhibits no unusual wear patterns that would indicate improper camber or alignment.
- Condition track prior to initial usage by spreading dirt, Dries-All, or a similar material over the undercarriage engaging surface of the track and running the machine for a brief time.
- Avoid operating rubber track in grease, oil, gasoline, diesel fuel or other petrol chemicals. Take care to avoid spilling these materials on track when servicing the undercarriage and/or the machine.
- Rotate tracks from side to side in applications where uneven lateral wear is seen (and where the undercarriage adjustments necessary to correct these wear patterns do not exist).
- Avoid excess amount of sharp and high-speed turns.
- Protect undercarriage from contact with large foreign objects.
- Contact Continental ContiTech Rubber Track Distributor for detailed information.