Maintenance Tip #43

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Make sure your shoes are the proper width for the specific conditions you are running your machine in. The extra flotation that wide shoes allow in wet, mucky conditions can also lead to high track wear and structural problems in high-impact conditions. The leverage effect of the wider track on a hard surface puts tremendous strain on track shoes, pins and bushings.
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Maintenance Tip #42

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Avoid operating the machine with damaged or deformed rock guards as accelerated wear of the pin bosses and the bottom sides of the chain links will occur. If the pin bosses of a chain are damaged by either rock guards or worn roller flanges, the pins & bushings of the chains cannot be turned, therefore new chains must be considered.
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Maintenance Tip of the Day

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Good routine maintenance keeps the overall cost of ownership down and will extend the life of the wearing parts of the machine, such as sprocket, idler, chain and pads. This will also stop the vibration in the machine and damaging movement. If you aren't sure how your undercarriage is holding up, give us a call and we can set up an inspection! Things to look for include loose tracks, chipped or broken sprockets, or loose or missing sprocket bolts. Whenever possible, try not to run your machine backwards, keep it clean (don’t leave rocks and clay in the tracks!) and try to avoid always...
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