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7 tips on how to clean the undercarriage

  1. the manual. Most manufacturers offer recommendations and after-sale maintenance

Everybody knows it is vital to keep your machine and tracks as clean as probable to make sure there is an effectual operation, but frequently they are not maintained often enough. Regularly, when a performance problem surfaces owing to untimely track wear, it is generally too late and operators will have to fork out wads of cash to get the problem fixed.

Prevention is always considered better than cure, so check your undercarriage regularly for a clean out. How regularly depends on the material. For instance, coarse material such as mud, sand, clay, and gravel pose additional risk and should be cleaned out as often as probable, even numerous times a day. Nevertheless, as an over-all rule, machine tracks should be checked and cleaned at least once a day.

Follow these seven stages to guarantee a clean undercarriage every time:

  1. Do a quick walk around your machine. This way you can spot visually if there is any wear and tear on the equipment.
  2. Get rid of rocks and larger debris by hand if probable. Make certain your machine is switched off and not in operation. This is a safety measure. Always turn off the machine while you are handling anything on the undercarriage.
  3. If your tracks, rollers, idler wheels and sprockets are concealed under a layer of mud or dirt, clean it. Caked-on mud, for instance, can cover sizeable rocks or wires which can possibly affect the roller/idler operation.
  4. After working scrap piles, do away with loose strands of material. Objects such as steel wires can wrap around wheel axles and cause irreparable harm.
  5. Take out materials like mud at the end of the day. It is far stress-free to clean then instead of the next morning after it has dried.It is also less time-consuming.
  6. Use a water pressure washer to extricate and take away foreign materials from the undercarriage. If not available, use a small shovel instead. Be careful not to do any damages.

Be cautious not to impair any undercarriage components while cleaning. If foreign material is stuck in hard – don’t force it. Instead, review your operator’s manual or call your dealer for support. Always ensure you keep the guidelines in the manual. Most manufacturers offer recommendations and after-sale maintenance

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Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya


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