Why is this important?
The undercarriage of an excavator can account for as much as 50% of all repair costs over the life of the machine. Regular maintenance and correct machine operation will extend the undercarriage life and thereby reduce the excavator’s operating costs.
To compound the costs of poor undercarriage management, a worn undercarriage will increase vibration levels throughout the excavator, which then reduces the life of unrelated components such as pumps, motors, electronics and even the engine.
Undercarriage wear is as a result of:
- Motion:The direction and speed of the excavator across different surfaces.
- Weight:The size of the excavator and its typical load cycle.
- Abrasiveness:Of deposited materials present between undercarriage components during motion.
All three of these factors vary from site to site and operator to operator. Hence undercarriage wear rates vary.
What can be done to manage undercarriage wear?
Experts agree, taking note of a few simple operational tips coupled with regular undercarriage maintenance can result in a significant reduction in undercarriage wear.
To enable you to get to most out of your undercarriage read the below articles for more information: