Undercarriage Parts for Excavators
We pride ourselves on providing steel undercarriage parts of exceptional quality, capable of handling the roughest and toughest of terrains. We understand the importance of having equipment that you can trust, that’s why we have backed ourselves with DOZCO, VemaTRACK and Superseal® to ensure peace of mind and maximise your ‘dollar per hour’ return!
Superseal® is a revolutionary product with a unique and patented seal made in New Zealand that is assembled by an OEM chain manufacture. The unique Superseal® design reduces internal wear providing assurance on zero seizing, 30% longer chain life and minimal internal wear. These chains excel if you’re in steep country or doing a lot of walking and give our NZ operators performance in excess of OEM. Grease is installed into pin cavity by vacuum ensuring 100% grease capacity, these really are the Rolls Royce of Chains. Now supporting excavators up to 45 Tonne!
DOZCO he been manufacturing in India since 1983, they make for original equipment manufacturers across the world and they are outstanding in quality and performance. They supply our premium quality undercarriage, in which all raw materials are made from virgin Indian steel. Their unique process of machining all bushes from solid steel optimises the hardness and strength which eliminates any premature wear or cracking.
VemaTRACK is a Dutch company with 60 years’ experience in undercarriage and global distribution. We stock VemaTRACK to ensure our range supports all machines up to 20 tonne. VemaTRACK is globally recognised for its consistent quality at an affordable price.
Are Our Track Links Greased?
All our chains from 154mm pitch and up (7ton +) are greased and sealed guaranteeing longer service life than the unsealed type. The advantages of sealed track links are:
- The seals prevent soil infiltration and keep the grease in the track links.
- The grease is vacuumed in at assembly ensuring most of cavity is filled with grease.
- Reduces noise and friction thus preventing premature wear.
The Superseal option is all the above and adding the benefit of innovative seal greatly reducing the risk of seizing and premature internal wear.
How Can You Recognise the Wear Patterns of Track Links?
A track link is worn when there is so much play between the pin and the bushing that other undercarriage components start to wear. An increase in pitch creates more play between the pin and the bushing. This makes the inside of the bushing oval and the pin becomes thinner, because it rubs against the bushing wall. This makes the track link longer. You can recognise an increase in pitch by e.g. the following visible characteristics:
- The points of the sprockets or segments become sharp, this is a sign that the track link no longer runs in line with the sprocket hollow due to an increase in pitch.
- The front idler and the guide arms become fully extended and are visible from the frame housing.
- The spaces between the track shoes and the links open up.
- Measure the track pin centres over 4 x pitch (over 5 Pins), give us a call and we can advise on how much wear is remaining.
- If the bushes have worn through to the pins, this is an extreme case of wear and certainly time to replace.
Why do my Digger Tracks stretch?
Excavators these days are doing much more traveling than they were initially designed for causing higher wear on tracks. The machines are generally heavier and more powerful yet still on the same size undercarriage.
I’m guessing something like this happened: You held out as long as you could until you had no other option but to replace them because by then they were totally flogged. As a result, you had to let go of some of your hard-earnt cash at the totally wrong time. The fact is next time you won’t need to so let me explain:
55% of chains that contractors come to us with still have plenty of life left in the rail itself. Often the seal will fail early allowing foreign materials into grease cavity becoming a grinding past. This wears the pin and bush internally allowing the chains to stretch therefore the pitch changes and will not sync with sprockets which will then cause external wear on bush and sprockets. Once this process starts happening it you won’t have much life in the chains even though the rails are good.
Our Superseal® chains meets this head-on. It has a special internal seal that can withstand 5000Kgf of pressure without losing its shape. That’s nearly 3 times more what a ‘normal’ excavator seal can handle. With Superseal® you can expect a chain that:
- Does not seize
- Will not Stretch
- Wears slowly and evenly at the same time as the externals
- Maximises your chain life to 100% wear instead of 45%
Why do my Digger Tracks Seize?
Seized chains are the most frustrating thing you can experience and can happen on a near new machine.
The main reason is water bypasses the seals into grease cavity and reacts with the grease and forms a black gunpowder material which locks the joints, sometimes called arthritis or bunching up.
Very little you can do about this once it starts happening, the cost to fix can be enormous sometimes cheaper to put a new set on. On bad cases if operator continues to use without fixing it will do damage to the drive motor and rollers.
Will it happen again? Not with our new Superseal® chains, we have developed them to meet this head-on.
It has a special internal seal that can withstand 5000Kgf of pressure without losing its shape. That’s nearly 3 times more what a ‘normal’ excavator seal can handle. With Superseal® you can expect a chain that:
- Does not seize
- Will not Stretch like other chains
- Wears slowly and evenly at the same time as the externals
- Maximises your chain life to 100% wear instead of 45%
We stock both DOZCO and VemaTRACK idlers in a machine range of 0.8 to 150 ton. By using the most recent automated design and manufacturing process, the quality is preforming at OEM standards. For optimal performance in extreme conditions, the idlers are produced using selected quality steel alloys and have had an induction hardening process applied. The final assembly of the idlers are tested on a specially set-up production line with an automatic oil filling system, then tested for fissure and leak tests before being certified.
How Can You Recognise the Wear Patterns of the Idler?
- Track links wear on the idler running surface. A specified measurement from the centre rib to the running surface defines when the idler is 100% worn out. This measurement varies between digger types and sizes, please give us a call and we can provide what measurement is required based on your excavator.
- If the sides of the grouser (centre rib) show signs of side wear, or the idler rubs against the side of the frame, then the track link is not in line with the idler. This may be caused by a cracked frame, worn mounting arms, worn slide in the frame, a broken axle, or a defective tension device.
- If the bearing is defective and has lost oil, idler will need replacing immediately before there is further damage to any other components.
To get the maximin life from your undercarriage, sprockets are a key part of the machine. It is critical that this component fits your excavator perfectly, as we all know the downtime cost and damage if they come loose. Our sprockets are forged and heat treated then machined to OEM specifications. We have all sizes available and stock a range from 0.8 ton to 80 Ton to suit both excavators and bulldozers.
Important Things to Consider When Replacing Sprockets:
- With very worn rollers, fitting new sprockets will put extra weight on the drive motor causing vibration which will result in damage to the machine and sprockets. It is advised that you check your rollers to avoid this problem.
- It is also recommended to fit with new sprocket bolts, grade 10.9 and torque to the Machines specifications. This is due to the fact that over time they can corrode and lose their retention resulting in damage to sprockets and the hub.
How to Recognise the Wear Patterns of Sprockets & When to Replace Them?
Sprockets should always run in line with the chain’s pitch. If the sprocket is worn, the points of the gear ring will become sharp. This is because there is play between the pins and the bushings.
Another common wear pattern for sprockets and segments is the lateral wear. This is caused by (among others) worn chain guides, a twisted undercarriage, or poor guiding of the front wheel. It can also be caused by the filtration of hard materials between the bushings and the sprockets, or by incorrect alignment. To limit wear from the infiltration of soil (packing), we make sand notches in our sprockets.
Sometimes the machine’s sprockets are sharp, but the track links appear to be in reasonable condition. We are frequently asked whether the sprockets still need to be changed. The only reason why a sprocket becomes sharp is through the chain’s increased pitch. An increase in pitch creates more play between the pin and the bushing. As a result, the chain’s bushing no longer runs in line with the hollow part of the sprocket. This causes wear on the sprockets and the points become sharp. So, if replacing very worn sprockets without replacing the chains the bushes on the chain will load up the points of the teeth and will cause banging or jumping of the chain damaging the drive motors, sprockets, and chains. Same when replacing new chains always replace with new sprockets.
1,2 & 3 Bar Shoes
We can help with your custom needs as we have all styles covered – 1 Bar, 2 Bar and 3 Bar. We also have available, the curved shoes and swampy cast style and from 220mm to 960mm. Track shoes are the only component’s that directly contact to the ground and they are always the first in line to absorb shock loading. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose the right shoe for the job. The 2 Bar and the 1 Bar shoes have mud holes cut into the shoe; this is to clear any material compaction in the chain cavity.
How to Recognise the Wear Patterns of Track Shoes and When to Change Them?
An excavator’s track shoes need to be replaced when the bolt heads are at the same height as the track shoe grousers. The bolt heads are never intended to bear the weight from the machine, if used beyond this point, the shoes could come loose and will damage the chain.
If the shoes on your excavator are bent or bending, it’s most likely due to the fact that they are too wide for the application or that they have worn out.
What Track Shoe Width Is for You?
A track shoe width should be adjusted to suit the terrain on which the machine is working. The more width gives you more flotation and versatility but less manoeuvrability and structural life. The wider the shoes, the higher the pressure on the links between the pins and the bushings. A track shoe that is too big will increase the wear process of all undercarriage parts and consequently increase the chance of a chain breakage.
We have track shoes available between 250-960mm long.
Feel free to give us a call to discuss what shoe size is best for you.
What type of Shoes is best for my working condition?
3 Bar Shoes are the most common and best for general working conditions, they are strong and have minimal soil disruption.
2 Bar Shoes are the strongest, these have round mud holes to clear soil compaction in the chain cavity. They are the best for Rock and high impact conditions, sometimes used in forestry as well.
1 Bar Shoe has the best traction, these come with trapezoidal mud holes to clear soil compaction in the chain cavity. Primary these are forestry shoes for steep hill country. They are available as non clipped or clipped corners. The purpose of clipped corners is to help machine movability and machine under body clearance on self-levelling machines. Clipped corners do reduce the side traction on steep hill slopes.
Track Bolts & Nuts
How Important Is It to Replace Bolt’s & Nuts?
The tension device is a combination of a tension spring and a hydraulic/greased track adjuster. The TUFFTrack range comprises a wide selection of tension devices for virtually all common excavators. The correct track link tension is crucial for a long service life of the entire undercarriage. TUFFTrack tension devices have been designed to absorb shocks and to keep the track link at the correct tension. The spring is tensioned to 60% – 70% of the machine weight. Our whole range is made to OEM standards.
Should I replace my Track Adjuster seals when overhauling track gear?
Yes, the best time is when it’s is all apart and it’s not a big cost. When you put new track gear on especially when you have new shoes it will put more tension on the Adjusters and often the old seal will fail.
Are old Track Adjusters dangerous to remove?
Yes, take every precaution when removing or handling old track adjusters. With years of wear and tear there can be damage to the threaded nut holding the spring in place or the centre shaft may even be cracked. They have been known to explode apart even when carrying them around with the forklift, ensure your safety and everyone else around.
- Once a tension device has been tensioned to the limit, the track link cannot be tensioned any further. This is due to the maximum pitch increase that a track link can accommodate. You can see that by the idlers‘side mounts that come out of the guidance cavity.
- If the track link stays taut without replenishing the hydraulic track adjuster, then the tension devices’ tension rod is probably broken. Take extreme care in removing Chain to repair as it will be under tension.
- The hydraulic track adjuster may also leak due to leaky seals. In that case, the track link cannot be tensioned anymore. Replace the seals.
- Track adjusters are pre-loaded to a very high tension, be extremely careful in handling old ones as due to wear and tear the springs have been known to explode apart causing serious injury. We recommend only qualified mechanics to carry this repair out.
The Importance Of Track Guards:
Why should I install Track Guards on my new excavator? I’m not having problems with my tracks yet!” This is something we hear a lot of.
Track Guards are designed and proven to reduce wear on your tracks before you start having problems. They are designed to keep your tracks in place and prevent them from snaking and extend track life.
Some of the main reasons for putting track guards on are highlighted as below.
Track guards Ensure your track chains run straight and true all day every day, saving the wear on roller flanges, sprockets and the chain rails. They help align the sprocket to the centre of the chain reducing the risk of the sprocket’s teeth grinding the inside of the chain rails.
Tracks falling off?
Have you ever lost a track? It always happens in the worst place and at the wrong time. It causes down time and frustration. Track Guards give you this peace of mind – you know you can take your machine into rough country and come out with your tracks still on!
How many track Guards do I need on my digger?
We recommend you have 2 Track Guards per side on all 6 -14 tonne excavators. From 16 tons up we recommend 3 Track Guards.
How much will they save me?
When you place Track Guards on new chains you can expect to save up to 30% wear on chains and sprockets.
My machine has two factory guards - should I fit more?
We suggest if you are just doing very simple work with not a lot of tracking and working only on level ground these two standard Track Guards should be ok.
However, if you are using your machine in more of a heavy situation and are doing more tracking and operation on steeper terrain, we suggest you would add an extra Track Guard to each side on a 6-14 ton machine and an extra 2 each side on machines from 16 tons up.