Types of Rubber Tracks
Different types of earthmoving machinery require varying types of rubber tracks, but with the huge range of tracks on the market, this can often get a little confusing. Below, we discuss the different types of rubber tracks that are required for different earthmoving equipment and which you should use to get the absolute most out of your machinery.
When selecting your excavator rubber tracks, the two main types are conventional or interchangeable. Conventional tracks operate on excavators that are designed for rubber tracks only. Interchangeable tracks, on the other hand, operate on machines that that have undercarriages with steel chains and rubber tracks.
Interchangeable tracks are also available in two types: K-rail and non-K-rail. While K-rail tracks are flat and higher to add reinforcement for the rollers, the rollers on non-K-rail tracks are on top of the links, not on the flat of the track. You are able to tell by the model of your machine if you have outer-flange rollers and whether you need k-rail or non-K-rail tracks for your excavator.
Offset tracks are also available for excavators, whereby the track frame is narrower in width, which allows the machine to fit in narrower spaces. It is important to note that offset tracks are available for set model numbers only, but DEKK will happily aid you in the selection of your tracks.
Crawler carrier tracks
A crawler carrier is a type of truck that is useful for moving large loads across uneven terrain or where low ground pressure is required. The rubber tracks that are used on crawler carriers are different to other excavators, mainly due to their size. Crawler carrier rubber tracks are conventional in style, but much bigger than the conventional rubber tracks that are used on other excavators.
Skid steer tracks
Unlike excavators, skid steers are high-speed vehicles that move a lot more so their track requirements are a little different. The durability and floatation of the tracks are the most important factors in skid steer tracks, as well as operator comfort.
All rubber tracks for skid steers either fall into the category of ASV style or conventional. The sprocket drive on ASV machines is different, so ASV tracks have a molded rubber lug inside the track that picks up on the sprocket. It is crucial that these lugs are strong, as they can crack and break easily. The sprocket and cleats in conventional types of skid steer tracks work the same as the conventional style excavator tracks.
While this guide is handy, you may still have some trouble in selecting the type of rubber track that is suited to your machine. DEKK are always here to help and we put you and your machine first. Not only do we stock the highest quality rubber tracks for skid steers and excavators, but we will aid you in selecting the rubber track that is best for your earthmoving machinery and you will be getting the most out of your machine in no time.