There are a lot of things you or your workers do routinely when it comes to equipment maintenance. Closely inspecting track treads for imperfections is probably not one of them – especially if your tracks are covered with mud and other debris.
Checking the condition of your treads should be a priority though, as it poses risks to the safety of your operators and the personnel working around the equipment, as well as risks to performance potential.
The biggest risk of a failing tread is the risk of injury to operators and other personnel.
Most commonly, this happens when the tread slips due to poor traction or when imperfections in the tread lead to more significant track damage.
A worn or damaged tread often results in poor traction. This can cause increased track slippage, especially when climbing vertically or putting another type of high demand on the tracks. This is especially true when navigating areas that are unstable—such as hills with a lot of debris or treading across the edge of a high plateau of dirt.
When your tread is damaged or severely worn, you risk being unable to operate the equipment the way it’s intended to work when the treads are in tact. As a result, the operator is at risk of losing control of the equipment and injuring him or herself and others.
Tread slippage is an easy issue to prevent. With proper cleaning and maintenance of your equipment’s tracks, you should be able to quickly inspect your tracks to make sure the treads are in good shape.
If your operators are experienced, they should also be able to feel the difference in treads that are acceptable and treads that are worn or damaged.
It’s best to encourage your operators to speak up when they first see tread damage or feel slippage so you can keep a close eye on it or order a new track for the equipment.
Another major risk caused by a failing tread is further damage to your equipment. This can happen in a couple ways:
1. Direct damage. Direct damage happens when the tread fails significantly enough that the track is damaged and possibly other parts near the tracks. This can happen because of punctures to the tread as well as tread wear that has compromised the stability of the track.
2. Indirect damage. This occurs when the tread fails and causes the operator to lose control of the equipment and strike something, tip over, etc. This could happen while climbing an incline or while slowly navigating uneven terrain on the side of a hill.
Accidents due to poor tread conditions can be very damaging to your equipment. Luckily, the same precautions to take for tread slippage can be effective in preventing equipment damage.
Another type of risk
Failing tread doesn’t just pose risks for personnel safety and equipment damage. A third risk is the optimal operation of the equipment.
What does that mean?
The tread on your equipment’s tracks plays an important role in their performance. Common performance issues related to failing tread include:
– Inability to carry maximum loads
– Decreased ability to climb vertically
– Inability to navigate extreme conditions (snow, mud, wet areas, etc.)
– Decreased ability to pull weight (such as towing another piece of equipment)
Failing tread is an issue that commonly goes on for too long, either completely unchecked or simply ignored. But the condition of your equipment’s tread can have a major impact on the safety of your operators and other personnel, the overall condition of your equipment and the ability of your equipment to perform optimally.
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