How Are Rubber Tracks Made? An Overview and Key Benefits of Heavy Equipment Rubber Tracks
Rubber tracks are the go-to tracks for most mini excavators, and other heavy equipment, operations. This is because they offer many benefits that their steel track counterparts do not such as:
- reducing ground disturbance, and minimizing damage to sensitive surfaces
- lowering machine weight which translates to better flotation over surfaces, especially over muddy or sandy surfaces
- providing a much smoother ride for operators due to lower machine vibration and noise
But all rubber tracks are not created equal. That is why you should always do some research before purchasing tracks as some tracks are of a higher quality than others. The difference in quality is due to their design and manufacturing process. Manufacturing a high-quality rubber track entails using the best quality materials, adhering to the highest production standards, undergoing extensive testing and following the proper quality controls throughout the construction process.
So, how exactly are rubber tracks made?
Rubber Track Components
Top grade rubber tracks are designed and constructed with a high level of precision and engineering. Rubber tracks are made from a number of components including:
Rubber Carcass and Tread Compound
High-grade rubber tracks, like those offered by Monsters Tires, are made from a blend of natural and synthetic rubber compounds. These compounds help make the rubber carcass extremely durable, resistant to cuts and damage. They give the rubber its anti-chunking capabilities and resiliency. This tough rubber is capable of navigating demanding earthmoving and construction applications without getting damaged or wearing out easily.
There are a variety of innovative track tread patterns offered by big brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, CASE and Caterpillar. Each track pattern is specially designed to accommodate certain applications. Some features deep lugs (for maximum traction) while others feature a wider width and a lug-less design (to protect delicate surface applications like turf). Some track patterns are versatile, allowing the track to deliver exceptional performance in more than one type of terrain.
Continuous Steel Cord Technology
Rubber tracks feature a continuous steel belt, made of high-tensile steel for superior strength, which reinforces the track, and enables it to deliver high performance over a range of terrains. With a continuous steel belt – unlike an overlapping steel belt – you can rest assured that there are no weak spots along the belt that could lead to premature breakage of the cord. This translates to an extended lifespan for your rubber tracks. The continuous steel cord also minimizes noise and vibration, when compared with overlapping steel belts.
Steel imbeds (links) in high-quality rubber tracks are typically heat-treated and carbon forged. The resilient, high tensile steel imbeds in high-quality rubber tracks allow drive sprockets to engage the track system properly. They also reinforce track strength and stability. A wheel guide projection prevents the tracks from slipping off, especially on steep slopes or on unavoidable sharp turns. A special rubber adhesive treatment is used to securely bond the rubber to the steel.
Integration of these core components of a rubber track, following cutting-edge manufacturing processes, produces the finished product – high-quality rubber tracks for your heavy equipment.
Monster Tires offers the best quality rubber tracks for mini excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders and other construction equipment produced by top manufacturers like Gehl, Bobcat, Komatsu, Kubota, John Deere and Bobcat. Our rubber tracks are made of an advanced rubber compound and feature a continuous steel core and forged steel links. Not only are our tracks sturdy and dependable, but they are also designed for optimal operator comfort and maximum machine stability. We also offer a variety of tread patterns to meet your specific job site requirements. All at an affordable price without compromising quality.