Compact Track Loader Undercarriage Tips

February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AMRing Power
An overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage

Because compact track loaders (CTL) have different undercarriage than skid steer and multi-terrain loaders, an overview of suggested maintenance for Cat® CTL undercarriage will be helpful. Cat CTL Undercarriage

The Cat-designed and -built undercarriage uses heavy-duty torsion axles for completely independent movement. This gives you smooth travel, better load retention and greater productivity, and allows work in soft underfoot conditions. Steel embeds span the track width to provide durability while continuously wound cables hold the embeds in place and ensure the track does not stretch.


Maintenance Techniques                        

  • Use a recoil grease tensioner to maintain proper track tension.
  • Clean the undercarriage at least once daily, especially between the roller and idler wheels and around the sprocket. It is easier to remove materials like mud at the end of a shift rather than later when it has dried.
  •  The front and rear torsion axles require daily greasing.
     

Operating Practices                                   

  • Make gradual three-point turns to avoid unnecessary wear. Use counter-rotations only when necessary; for example, in confined areas.
  • Working up and down slopes reduces the side-loading wear that occurs when you work across a slope. Keep the heaviest end of the machine uphill.
  • Approach transitions (for example, going over a curb) at a 90° angle. Avoid work where a track is not fully supported by the ground.
  • When back dragging, keep the full length of the track on the ground and the loader arms in the float position.

Contact your Ring Power Representative to discuss your Cat CTL or other undercarriage needs or email us for more information.

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Extend Undercarriage Life of Your Multi-Terrain Loader

December 2, 2008 at 1:10 PMRing Power

You put your multi-terrain loader through a workout every day. This takes a toll on your undercarriage. How much wear and how quickly wearing of the undercarriage occurs can be somewhat controlled by making just a few adjustments whenever possible. The first step is to understand what affects undercarriage wear.

Factors Affecting Undercarriage Wear

  • Application Tough applications, like heavy digging and dozing, require high levels of torque and horsepower, pushing equipment to its fullest and will cause maximum wear to the undercarriage components.
  • Material  Material has as much or more impact on the service life of undercarriage components than some applications.
  • Terrain Sharp turns on slopes cause unnecessary wear on track lugs and can shove material between the track and roller wheels. In some cases, this could lead to track derailment and track damage.
  • Operating and Turning Technique Counter-rotating may cause unnecessary wear of tracks and undercarriage components and quickly wears out tires.
  • Working over Transitions Without the full support of the ground, the track and the roller wheels are subjected to side stress that can cause the wheels to ride up and over the drive lugs.

Simple preventive maintenance procedures will maximize service life and the value of the undercarriage components. For information on how to preserve the life of your undercarriage, contact your Ring Power product support sales representative.

 

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