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How Long Do Rubber Tracks Last on a Skid Steer?

  • January 13, 2023
  • Commercial Truck Tires ,

Rubber tracks give your skid steer more capabilities, so they are certainly worth the investment. If you’re trying to get the most out of your rubber tracks, know how long they should last and what you can do to extend their life. The average life span of rubber tracks is 400 to 2,000 operating hours. With such a wide range, you’ll want to know the primary factors that impact their use. 


How Long Do Rubber Tracks Last on a Skid Steer?

Operating Conditions 

One of the key elements of the life of the rubber tracks is where you’re using your skid steer. Rocky or rough surfaces will certainly wear down the rubber quicker than soft surfaces like sand or soft dirt. Driving over tree roots or rebar is also harder on the rubber. Inspect the site before you start working to look for hazards that can potentially damage the rubber tracks. 


The Operator 

You may not be able to control the site conditions, but you can control how the machine is operated. A skilled operator who takes a steady and safe approach to each job will likely be able to use the rubber tracks longer than someone who may be inexperienced. The more hazardous the conditions, the more you want a driver who is very skilled and cautious to minimize damage to your machine. Teach drivers to approach obstacles like a curb, head-on to avoid tearing the track. Train drivers to use Y-turns instead of spinning or using counter-rotation. 


Regular Maintenance 

Keeping the rubber tracks clean and maintaining the undercarriage will extend the life of your equipment. Regular maintenance improves the overall performance of your equipment. Inspect the rubber tracks to look for signs of wear. It’s easier to spot imperfections when the tracks are clean. Replace the tracks when they are getting toward the end of their life span to avoid a shutdown in work at the least opportune time. 


The Quality of the Rubber 

Check the manufacturer of the rubber track to make sure you’re getting a quality product. You want to get a track made with a high-quality rubber compound using best practices of the industry for a long-lasting product. It’s important to select durable and strong rubber tracks with the flexibility to do the job. 


Using the Right Track for the Application 

There is no universal design for rubber tracks. You can find them in different widths and with different tread patterns. If you’re working in tight environments, like landscaping, you may want a smaller width. Wider tracks have more traction and greater surface area, which can help with performance. Block-style treads are more durable in locations where you may be at risk to experience punctures or abrasions. 


Our Experience with Tires Gives You an Edge 

Get the right rubber tracks for your needs when you talk to the tire experts at STTC. We can help you maintain your equipment to get the most use out of your machines. When you’re ready to replace your rubber tracks, let our team help you find the right products to ensure your fleet and crew delivers top performance.  


Call us now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online for rubber tracks, commercial tires, and all tire-related services.