How to Maintain an Excavator Undercarriage Near Woodinville

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As an excavator rental service, we carefully maintain our rental units before releasing them to the client. Even so, contractors still need to take active measures to care for the vehicle while it’s under their possession. This includes excavator undercarriage maintenance. Learn how to care for this integral part of the machine.

Keep the Undercarriage Clean

Clean the undercarriage after each workday. Use a shovel and/or a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime. Dirt can lead to premature wear, especially during the cold season. The dirt can freeze, causing the bolts, rollers, and other joints to lock in place. 

Check the Undercarriage

Perform a visual inspection of the undercarriage at the start of each day. Carefully examine components like the rollers, drive sprockets, and track tension. We inspect these parts before renting them out. However, these parts are still subject to wear especially under harsh working conditions.

Follow Best Operating Practices

Improper maneuvering can accelerate undercarriage wear. Follow these operational guidelines.

  • Minimize sharp turns when possible
  • Minimize time on slopes. If you must spend long periods on a hill or incline, verify the drive motor is facing the rear of the machine.
  • Select the right number of grousers. More grousers improve the track's traction and contact with the floor, thereby minimizing vibration and stress on the undercarriage.

Use the Right Track Tension

Is the track tension suitable for the surface condition? As a rule of thumb, the tracks should be slightly loose when working in muddy conditions. With steel tracks, the tracks should be neither too tight nor loose. Otherwise, you increase the risk of the tracks slipping.

Don't Ignore Excavator Undercarriage Maintenance Near Woodinville

At Active Excavator Rentals, we maintain our excavators and breakers and hoe packs. Even so, operators still need to perform basic care for all of the equipment under their care. Learn about us and our inventory. We follow industry guidelines regarding excavator undercarriage maintenance.

Excavator Undercarriage Maintenance Near Woodinville

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Posted on February 25, 2022 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business