Your mini excavator will need proper maintenance from time to time for it to function efficiently. Since these machines often work on rough terrains, their rubber tracks are likely going to need frequent replacement due to the fast wear and tear. However, you do not have to find and pay an overly expensive expert for a task you can easily do for yourself. To help you out, here are five tips to replacing tracks on a mini excavator.
1. Lift the Machine Using a Bucket
Before we get to the first tip, ensure that you know where to find quality replacement tracks for mini excavators. Good quality tracks from a reputable dealer are guaranteed to serve you for longer. Now for the first tip, you may want to lift the side of your machine a little, with a bucket. Use special wooden blocks to keep the machine tilted, in order to keep the track separated from the machine. After lifting the wheels off the ground, adjust them in order to loosen the tracks, and then pull them out.
2. Use a Wrench to Remove the Steel Grease Fitting
Use a wrench to take out the steel grease fitting just next to the track idler. You can use the bucket to push the track idler to the center. This process will force the grease left by the grease fitting to come out, and loosen the track. Remember to clear the used grease completely. That’s because used grease might not be as effective as a new one, and can ruin the tracks. That’s why you need to remove it completely and use some fresh grease.
3. Ensure that you Have the Right Gear
In addition to having the tools and machines to replace your tracks, it is important that you and your work mates have the right gear. Safety is paramount when replacing these tracks, especially for your hands. Avoid using your bare hands to fit in the tracks. That’s because you can get serious injuries or get maimed permanently. There is no point in risking your health while replacing a mini-excavator track.
4. Make Sure you Protect the Hydraulic System
These machines are expensive, so make sure that you protect their sensitive parts. To ensure the safety of your hydraulic system, you can place heavy-duty jack stands under the carriage. The jacks help protects against the huge mass of your machine. In case of an accident, your machine’s hydraulic system will be adequately protected.
5. Ensure you Have Enough Space When Dispatching the Track
With your machine well suspended protecting the hydraulic system, now it’s time to remove the track. In this process, be careful when removing the track from the teeth of the sprocket. You will remove manually one end of the track from the teeth. You may need the assistance of your workmates to perform this process safely. Ensure that you have enough space, and that no debris is scattered around when doing this.