New JCB Excavator launched
The JCB 15C-1 weighs in at 1.5 tonnes, and is built on the same design as the larger midi excavators. It is powered by the powerful 11.7kw engine with steel bodywork and 500 hour greasing intervals.
The new model will be aimed at the tool hire and rental markets, using a shorter undercarriage, it offers single speed tracking, and mechanical track tensioners. The 100% steel bodywork will provide maximum protection for components in the event of accidents while on site. A fully ROPS-compliant cab can also be specified, with flat glazing all round, for easy replacement. Despite its small size, the mini excavator does benefit from the latest generation cab available on larger models, which has 24% more internal space than previous JCB machines.
All the next generation mini excavators come with 10 tie down points, which make it easier to transport the machines without undue risk of damage. They offer wide opening fold-out rear doors allowing excellent service access, and the 500 hour greasing intervals will reduce downtime and operating costs. For more information on rubber tracks and excavator track replacement call GTW today.
New Models for Caterpillar
Caterpillar the Excavator manufacturer has just introduced three new models to their range of 20 ton class excavators, Cat 320 GC, Cat 320 and Cat 323. The new models boast lower maintenance and fuel costs and improved all-round operating efficiency.
The Cat 320 and 323 have the latest Cat Connect Technology which has been developed to increase operating efficiency by as much as 45% over traditional grading operations. Operators can use the 2D system to work accurately and quickly to achieve the necessary grade, and can work more safely around traffic and below buildings or structures.
The new models have improved fuel consumption of up to 25% with reduced maintenance costs of around 15%, for more information on Excavator track replacement call GTW Europe.
The best time to replace your used Rubber tracks is not when they break on you, causing damage and/or injury. You should check the condition and tension in your rubber tracks every few days and if signs of wear are found then they should be replaced immediately.
It is best to look out for the following as a guide to replacement:
Cracks appearing on the tracks
Cracks will appear over time especially when used daily on rough terrain, try to keep them parked out of direct sunlight
Sprockets skipping on the lugs
The sprocket will skip over lugs or in the worst cases derail if the track is loose. It may sound like two gears engaging at once or the gears are slipping.
Your tracks keep losing tension
Rubber tracks will suffer loss of tension over time, through wear, the sun’s heat, the idler gear extending too far and the track tensioner wearing. A good way to check for lack of tension on your tracks, is by lifting the track frame up to see if there is sag between the track roller and the top of the tracking lug.
See if any lugs are missing
On Rubber excavator tracks in particular, the lugs can come out of the Excavator track, if it has any debris caught in the undercarriage or if worn sprockets are constantly slipping against them