Ways To Reduce Operating Costs of CTL Tracks
Compact track loaders are staples for many construction and landscaping companies. These important pieces of heavy machinery feature ultra-durable, high-flotation rubber tracks that allow them to traverse delicate surfaces and poor ground conditions.
Types of CTL Tracks
There are various CTL tracks on the market. McLaren Industries offers a premium selection of skid steer tracks. Owners and operators can choose the right tracks for their application by considering the tracks’ tread patterns, tread sizes, and intended operating conditions.
NextGen™ Rubber Tracks are OEM-quality skid steer tracks that offer superior traction, comfort, durability in rocky conditions. These tracks are excellent for use on extreme terrains.
Maximizer™ Rubber Tracks are an affordable yet reliable option for skid steers and CTLs. These tracks feature reinforced steel belting and premium quality rubber for a durable, dependable, and accessible option.
CTL Tracks and Operating Costs
Like any piece of machinery, CTL tracks occasionally need replacement. However, replacements can cost money that isn’t in the budget. Fortunately, owners and operators have options. There are many ways to reduce operating costs of CTL tracks.
Choosing the Right Track for Your Environment
To minimize CTL track operating costs, choose the right track for the CTL’s primary working environment. Skid loader tracks have certain tread patterns and sizes ideal for different environments. Deep treads have maximum traction and are ideal for difficult and uneven terrain, while shallow treads are better suitable for hard surface applications.
Choosing Quality Over Cost
While many operators consider upfront cost over long-term, this is a mistake when buying CTL tracks. Choosing cheaper skid steer tracks is more affordable in the short term, but these tracks require replacement relatively often. Choosing a higher-quality tracks from an established manufacturer, such as McLaren Industries, will save you money long term.
Maintaining your skid steer is one of the best ways to reduce operating costs. Like performing routine maintenance on technical components such as sprockets, the undercarriage, rollers, and idlers, reduce premature wear on your skid steer tracks. Maintenance is as simple as cleaning mud and debris off the undercarriage and tracks after every use.
If you take aggressive turns in your CTL, you will put extra stress on the machine and tracks. This contributes to increased operating costs; the more stress you put on the machine, the more wear and tear will result.
Finally, a great way to keep operating costs down on your skid steer is to store it properly. Keeping the equipment and tracks out of direct sunlight prevents ozone damage, contributing to a premature track replacement.