MTL (Multi Terrain Loader) Rubber Tracks for Skid Steers
Multi Terrain Loader (MTL) rubber tracks for CAT models like the 287B, 277B, 257B and the 247B
Multi Terrain loaders (MTL), manufactured by Caterpillar (CAT), are great if you’re looking for equipment that produces lower ground pressure as well as minimizes ground disturbance. Their suspended undercarriage design allows them to work more efficiently than their counterpart compact track loaders (CTL) in environments where delicate application is needed, such as turf surfaces.
The MTL Rubber Undercarriage Design
The undercarriage design and rubber tracks are embedded with high-tensile cords with rubber-coated wheels – makes MTL much lighter than loaders with steel undercarriages. A Multi Terrain Loader also maximizes flotation and speed, offering a smoother ride, a fact an operator working long hours can appreciate.
MTLs also greatly reduce soil compaction which means that the surfaces they work on have minimal damage which bodes well the environment.
So if you’re looking to get top-quality MTL or Mini Excavator Tracks, look no further than Monster Tires! Here at Monster Tires, we offer premium Multi Terrain Loader (MTL) rubber tracks for CAT models like the 287B, 277B, 257B and the 247B.
These rubber tracks are made from Aramid fibers, which are superior strength, heat-resistant synthetic fibers. They are much tougher tracks and prevent stretching caused by constant flexing and by the strain on its non-metal core that occurs when operating an MTL.
MAINTAINING YOUR CAT MTL RUBBER TRACKS
Regular inspection and maintenance are key to ensuring that you get the most from your Multi Terrain Loader and the rubber tracks used.
For optimum performance, proper track tension is important so regularly checking the track tension is encouraged. Some slack in the track is normal but make sure your track is not too loose to prevent ratcheting. This occurs when track drive lugs jump over sprocket rollers which damages the lugs and leads to track wear. If this happens frequently, it’s probably best that the tracks are replaced. Not only is an overly-loose track not good for the proper running of your MTL but they can be quite dangerous for the person operating the equipment and put him or her in precarious situations.
Also, just as your tracks should not be too loose, they also should not be too tight to reduce the possibility of unnecessary and avoidable damage to the tracks. In addition, over-tightening of tracks causes power loss by using up more power and fuel than is needed.
MLT with the right track tension
To determine whether or not you are operating your MLT with the right track tension, follow these steps recommended by CAT engineers:
- Place roughly 100 pounds on the track, between the front idler wheel and the drive sprocket.
- Then place a straight edge (like a rope or thick thread) across the idlers and sprocket.
- Measure the track sag between the straight edge and the top of the track. The sag should be about 12 mm for optimal performance. Adjust as needed to get the right track tension for your MLT.
There are also instances when the guide/drive lugs are completely ripped from the inside of the tracks which occurs because the inner sleeves located in the the drive wheel are not functioning properly or have been damaged. It is essential to check the roller sleeves and sprocket rings for wear regularly and to make sure that the sprocket sleeves roll freely in order to prevent premature damage to the tracks.
Replacing Rubber MTL Tracks
Before replacing your rubber track, inspect the inner and outer sleeves. If there is more than 3/16” of play in them and they do not spin freely, you should go ahead and replace them.
As you can see, the proper functioning of undercarriage components and parts directly affect the work life of your rubber tracks. Make sure to check for uneven undercarriage wear. This is crucial because if some parts or components of the undercarriage are wearing faster than others, this can affect the efficiency and productivity of your MTL and causes tracks to wear and tear. This goes also for Compact Track Loaders (CTL) and other heavy, rubber-tracked machines and not just Multi Terrain Loaders.
So that you can better comprehend how a malfunctioning undercarriage component directly affects track wear, let’s examine it further by taking the example of an undercarriage’s sprocket pitch. A new equipment may have a sprocket with a pitch of say, 86mm. After about 900-1000 hours of operation, the pitch can increase to about 93 or 95mm.
If you decide to install a new rubber track with an 86 mm pitch, you are more than likely to hear popping sounds which is caused by the sprocket hitting the metallic part of the rubber. This causes the rubber to wear faster than it would have if the sprocket was operating at its optimal level. In this case, the sprocket needs to be replaced to ensure that the track does not wear out prematurely.
Since the MTL is designed to work on fragile terrains, working on harsher terrains and frequently on slopes accelerates wear on tracks so you should keep this in mind when operating your equipment.
Contact Monster Tires for you Rubber MTL Tracks
Always remember that we are available if you have any further questions or concerns regarding maintenance of the rubber tracks used on your MLT and all other heavy rubber-tracked equipment. Contact the trusted staff at Monster Tires, any time, to steer you in the right direction for quality rubber tracks for your MTL!