Replacing the Tracks of Your Mini Excavator

In general, average homeowners will choose mini excavator hire if they are embarking on a construction or remodelling project on their home. This is convenient if you are looking to avoid maintaining the equipment. However, considering that rubber tracks are very soft, they wear down easily. The rapidness of this depends on whether you use the mini excavator on your lawn or if it is always driving on concrete. Therefore, whether you have leased it for a significant period of time, or have invested in the equipment, you may have to consider replacing its rubber tracks at one time or another. Though it may sound like a difficult task, you can easily change are replace the mini excavator tracks on you own. Here are a few tips to help you do that.

Get assistance in lifting the mini excavator so as to reveal the undercarriage

Despite their compact size, mini excavators are heavy. For this reason, you will need the assistance of someone else when you start changing the rubber tracks. Have someone help you lift the mini excavator so that you may place bricks or something sturdy underneath it so that it is lifted off the ground. This is to ensure that the tracks are not touching the floor.

Take out the mini excavator's grease fittings

There is a wheel at each end of the track. The smoother of the two is the track idler and next to the track idler is something called a grease fitting. You will need to remove these grease fittings. This can be done by turning them anti clockwise with a wrench.

Clean out all the grease adhering to the tracks

You will then need to position the track idler at the centre of the track. You can use a pry bar to push it to the centre and as you do this all the grease that's remaining will also be pushed out, Clean of all this grease as you take off the rubber tracks,. They should have loosened now making them easy to take off.

Install the new track

All you have to do now is replace it with the new track. You should then put back the grease fitting and apply grease to the newly fitted track. The track idler should then move back into place due to the grease making the rubber tracks get the required tension. Once you have reached the previous sag of the former tracks, stop applying grease.

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