Removing and installing a rubber track on a mini-excavator is a fairly simple task that can be tackled in less than an hour's time.
If this is your first time, this process may take a few more minutes, depending on your technical and manual skills. We recommend that you work with someone who can support you and that you both wear appropriate safety clothing:
Lift your machine off the ground by about 150 mm so that you can work comfortably on the machine. Help yourself with the blade and arm to lift the machine off the ground.
Loosen the idler bolt. Grease will flow out of the piston and the track tension will gradually loosen. You can speed up the idler wheel retraction process by pushing on the center of the track with one foot.
Get the track off the idler wheel first and off the sprocket later. If necessary, help yourself by levering a wooden bar between track and undercarriage, moving forward very slowly.
Place the rubber track under your machine and rest it on the undercarriage. Start with the sprocket wheel and only then move to the idler wheel. If necessary, help yourself with a wooden pole. Be careful not to use an iron bar, which would risk cutting into the rubber, thus compromising the durability of the undercarriage and the track itself.
Close the idler bolt and pump grease through the grease valve using a grease gun. The idler wheel will move slowly and the track will return to tension. Remember not to pump too much grease into the idler valve, a moderate gap between track and undercarriage must be present.
Lower the machine and check that the new rubber track is assembled the correct way. If your new PowerTrack rubber track does not run smoothly on your construction machine, do not force it and contact us quickly!