Understanding tire tread and tread patterns on rubber tracks can help you get more performance on the job. Rubber tracks tread has a direct impact on production. When your equipment has the right tread, it doesn’t slow your team down by getting stuck in the terrain. Choosing the best tread for the job increases profitability.
Here’s what you must know about rubber tracks and their tread patterns.
Staggered Block Tread Patterns
Block patterns are a multi-purpose tread that come standard on many compact track loaders. As the name implies, the tread looks like blocks in a staggered pattern. This type of tread works well on paved surfaces, especially in the summer, when the pavement gets hot. This tread can be used on sand, clay, dirt, asphalt, and lawns, but it’s best for hard surfaces.
C-pattern tread is similar to staggered blocks, but each block has notches cut out of it. These notches look like the letter C. The notches increase traction and handling, making them durable. You can use C-pattern tread rubber tracks on a variety of surfaces, such as clay, concrete, gravel, and sand. They are designed to give a smooth ride both on- and off-road.
Straight Bar Tracks
As the name implies, this type of tread is just straight bars on the track. This tread works well in wet or muddy conditions because it gets good traction. It’s also recommended for turf, because it won’t tear up the lawn. However, the operator may be uncomfortable, as the ride may be uneven. Straight bar tread tracks tend to be a little more pliable than other rubber tracks, which lets them operate on soft surfaces without damaging surface material.
If the equipment you’re using must transition between loose and hard surfaces, select a zigzag tread. This type of tread looks like a zigzag, and the pattern lets you switch between different terrain types. Zigzag tread is also great for snowy, muddy, or wet conditions.
Sizing Rubber Tracks
Rubber tracks are being used on more types of equipment for better handling and performance with unique terrain. When buying rubber tracks, you’ll need to get the right size, but also consider the application and conditions. Our technicians can help you find the best tread for the job, even if you’re going on- or off-road. We have years of experience in tire tread for commercial vehicles and equipment. When rubber tracks are wearing out or not performing well on the surface, ask the STTC technicians about new, functional tracks that let you get back to work. We have rubber tracks for most equipment. New technology lets us convert commercial trucks with rubber tracks to maximize handling on difficult terrain.
Give us a call now at 610-954-8473 or contact us online to discuss rubber tracks or other commercial tire needs. We can help you with a tire management plan to manage costs associated with tires and tracks for all your commercial vehicles.