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Undercarriage Maintenance

  • Schedule inspections at regular intervals to spot problems before they cause unplanned downtime
  • Don't delay repairs or replacements on undercarriage components
  • Install CELT to double wear life

Luby Equipment's technicians are trained to identify undercarriage problems before major repairs are required. By measuring the thickness of the undercarriage components, our technicians can predict how long your undercarriage will last before replacements are needed. During preventive maintenance service, we include undercarriage evaluations at no charge.

Undercarriage Maintenance Tips to Reduce Wear

Extend the life of your undercarriage by following a few simple rules.

Double wear life with CELT

CELT is CASE Extended Life Track that can more than double the wear life of a standard lubricated track design. With CELT, a hardened bushing is placed over a standard type track bushing. With this configuration, the larger bushing is free to rotate on the smaller bushing, reducing the scrubbing action between the bushing and the sprocket, which doubles the wear life.

Adjust the track for correct tension

Loose tracks can detrack. Over-tightening can cause power loss, excessive roller and idler wear, and could tear the tracks. Refer to your operator's manual for track inspection and tensioning procedures.

Use the narrowest shoe possible

Wider shoes can cause problems maneuvering by sticking out farther and making it more difficult to turn. Wider shoes may be necessary, however, to lower ground pressure and keep the machine from sinking in extremely wet conditions.

Keep the undercarriage clean of mud and debris

The accumulation of mud and dirt around the undercarriage can interfere with proper operation by changing the pitch, which changes component engagement and leads to faster wear. Knock away any debris every day after use, and then wash the tracks thoroughly with water.

Minimize high operating speeds

Higher speeds cause more wear on the undercarriage. Use the slowest possible operating speed for the job.

Alternate the turning direction

Continuous turning to the same side can cause asymmetrical wear and accelerate wear for sprocket teeth, track tread, guide lugs and roller flanges.

Inspect your equipment visually every day for signs of wear

Check for cracks, bends and breaks on components. Look for wear on bushings, sprockets and rollers. If you see any components that are shiny, there's probably an alignment problem. Make sure nuts and bolts are not loose, which can cause abnormal wear by interfering with proper movement of parts.

Control track spinning when filling the bucket

Use loader hydraulics to penetrate into the material to reduce track spinning. Unnecessary spinning of the tracks can accelerate wear and cause cuts in the tracks.

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