Fitting rubber tracks is something every operator has to know how to do when on site.

Astrak’s experienced team of plant fitters have created this step by step guide to help you through the process of removing old tracks and replacing them with fresh tracks while avoiding problems.

To ensure that your machine is performing to the fullest, we suggest that you consider fitting our TerraTrack Plus rubber tracks.

TerraTrack Plus is the perfect combination of the world’s most advanced rubber track technologies
and features toughened steel links linked by continuously wound anti-rust high tensile steel cords encased in an advanced abrasion-resistant rubber carcass which provides increased durability and performance and you can learn more about this innovative track system by visiting https://astrakgroup.co.uk/about/our-brands/terratrack-plus/

Safety First!

As with everything connected with working on all construction machinery, care and attention must be paid to safety in order to prevent injury to yourself, others and to avoid causing damage to your machine. If you do not feel confident in fitting rubber tracks to your machine then please contact us to arrange for one of our fitting team to visit your site and fit them for you.

Step-by-step guide to fitting rubber tracks

The first step is to raise one side of the undercarriage using the arm of the machine.

1. The first step is to raise one side of the undercarriage using the arm of the machine.

Locate and remove the access plate to allow access to the track adjuster grease valve.

2. Locate and remove the access plate to allow access to the track adjuster grease valve.

Loosen the grease valve to release the tension from the rubber track.

3. Loosen the grease valve to release the tension from the rubber track.

Remove the old rubber track from the machine. You may require assistance to move the track on larger machines as they can be heavy and awkward to remove.

4. Remove the old rubber track from the machine. You may require assistance to move the track on larger machines as they can be heavy and awkward to remove.

Position the new rubber track in place on the frame making sure you start at the sprocket end of the machine.

5. Position the new rubber track in place on the frame making sure you start at the sprocket end of the machine.

Hook the other end of the track on to the idler. You may find that the track is a little tight and you can only partially cover the idler.

6. Hook the other end of the track on to the idler. You may find that the track is a little tight and you can only partially cover the idler.

Ask the operator to carefully and slowly rotate the track forward slightly. If necessary use a bar to lever the track link over the sprocket.

7. Ask the operator to carefully and slowly rotate the track forward slightly. If necessary use a bar to lever the track link over the idler.

Once the track is seated correctly, tighten the grease valve.

8. Once the track is seated correctly, tighten the grease valve.

Using a powered grease gun, pump grease into the track adjuster valve to re-tension the track.

9. Using a powered grease gun, pump grease into the track adjuster valve to re-tension the track.

Make sure that you refer to the manufacturer’s guide for the correct tension for your machine. In general, the track should be tensioned until you have approximately 15-20mm clearance beneath the bottom rollers.

10. Make sure that you refer to the manufacturer’s guide for the correct tension for your machine. In general, the track should be tensioned until you have approximately 15-20mm clearance beneath the bottom rollers.

Once the track has been correctly tensioned, replace the access plate on the side of the track frame.

11. Once the track has been correctly tensioned, replace the access plate on the side of the track frame.

Re-check the track tension after 1 day, and then after a week, as they do stretch slightly when they are new.

12. Re-check the track tension after 1 day, and then after a week, as they do stretch slightly when they are new.

Job done!

If you would like to learn more about our TerraTrack Plus rubber tracks or our onsite fitting service, please call our specialist team of advisors on 0330 555 2000 or email us at uk@astrakgroup.com

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