Mini Excavator Tracks – Rubber Vs Steel

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Mini Excavator Tracks – Rubber Vs Steel

25 February 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Mini excavators can be utilised for an array of residential projects. Although they are smaller than their traditional excavator counterparts are, the mini excavators are still highly functional and can meet the needs of small-scale projects. However, if you have never purchased a mini excavator before, you may be confused as to which types of tracks you should choose. Steel and rubber tracks are the conventional options available and each has its own advantages. But before you can select what types of tracks will suit the mini excavator for your specific project, read on about the differences between rubber and steel tracks.

The traction of the tracks

On dry areas, rubber tracks will offer your mini excavator the best traction. The rubber material has intrinsic friction, which helps the tracks meld to surfaces, whether they are uneven or smooth. Therefore, if you will be carrying out your excavation on dry areas, then the surface area of the rubber tracks will be a suitable option. An additional advantage of rubber tracks is that they can operate over hard surfaces such as asphalt and concrete without acquiring any damages.

Steel tracks are not capable of this feat since the material is rigid, which makes it susceptible to cracks and dents when the excavator is operated on hard ground. Nonetheless, steel tracks do offer an advantage over rubber. For instance, steel tracks are ideal for muddy sites since they will not slide like their rubber counterparts will.

The durability of the tracks

When it comes to the durability of the tracks, steel is the most hardwearing material to choose for your tracks. The steel tracks are robust, so they are not vulnerable to damage from chemicals and other toxic materials that may be found on a construction site. Rubber tracks, on the other hand, are easily dissolved in chemicals so if your site will contain toxic materials it is best advised to choose steel tracks for your mini excavator.

Another thing to note under durability is the degree of maintenance that the tracks will require. If you will be using the mini excavator for a prolonged period, you will have to contend with routine repairs for the rubber tracks. The tracks do not have much slack; thus, they will need occasional tension adjusting. Steel tracks, conversely, are designed with slack in the track system so any debris that makes its way into the tracks is easily expelled.

Overall, if versatility is your priority, then rubber tracks are ideal for your project, whereas steel tracks will be best for individuals seeking durability for the tracks of their mini excavator.