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Undercarriage Operation Tips

Field Fact: 50% of the cost of owning and operating a machine
are related to its undercarriage

C.N. Wood has developed guidelines to help you get the most out of your undercarriage with the lowest cost possible. Critical to controlling costs is proper machine operation. Following these tips will help you avoid unnecessary undercarriage wear.

Slow speeds
Use the slowest operating speed that will get the job done in a timely fashion. Wear rate increases with speed. When working in high impact conditions, it is critical to use the lowest gears whenever possible.

Minimize reverse travel
Reverse travel causes much more wear to bushings and sprockets than forward travel. Avoid reverse travel in high gear or when climbing uphill.

Avoid spinning the tracks
It is ineffective and causes unnecessary wear on the undercarriage by inflicting a grinding action on the grousers.

Avoid favoring one side
Favoring one side causes uneven undercarriage wear. If it is impossible to use symmetrical operating patterns, swap left and right rollers periodically.

Avoid impact
Impact produces shock loads that affect undercarriage components by causing cracking, bending, breaking and misaligning. Use lowest gears if the job requires high impact conditions.

Minimize counter-rotation
Counter-rotation produces heavy side loading, because one track travels forward while the other travels in reverse. Counter-rotation can be used effectively to minimize preferred-side operations.

Avoid sharp turning
Sharp turning, especially in high gears, produces side loading. It's better to make wide, large radius turns.

Park machine properly
Parking on a flat, dry sur face is the best way to park. Parking on a slope could cause roller seals to become permanently deformed, especially in extremely hot or cold temperatures.

Minimize direction changes
Switching between forward and reverse causes root and radial wear.