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The Dirty Track Expense

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The Dirty Track Expense

The crawler undercarriage is the most expensive part of any piece of heavy equipment – in most cases it can account for over 20 percent of the total purchase price.  And even more daunting, the undercarriage accounts for over 50 percent of the machine’s maintenance and repair costs.  It’s something to pay attention to.

How do you take care of your tracks?

Most companies require their workers to shovel the tracks throughout the day, and especially at the end of the workday.  On muddy, snowy, or icy days, workers can end up spending more time cleaning tracks than they do actually performing the work.  It’s inefficient and kills workers.  Not literally, but they hate it like hell.

My experience is that customers who regularly clean out the tracks and make sure that track tension is adjusted properly definitely get extended service from the undercarriage. – Barefoot-Lynch

A few years back we came up with an idea to make the machine clean itself as it moves around. We need to clean ourselves when we go home, might as well make the machine clean itself, too. Clean Track is a track cleaning system that is custom designed for each make and model to ensure a quality clean.  It is a blade that mounts to a bracket installed on the factory shoe.  A simple comparison is that Clean Track works like a windshield wiper works on your truck.  The blade is made of a custom, polyether blend that is flexible, yet very strong, and has a spring so it pops into place and out of place to pass by the machine’s gears.

Customers are raving.

They are saving worker time, their backs, and ultimately they are saving money in payroll and maintenance expenses.

 

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Andrew Da Costa

Its about time someone came up with something. I had the same idea over 10 years ago when one day it took me an hour and a half to clean sticky clay out of the tracks on the 330 john deere that I run my idea was the same but using steel. this idea is a lot better. I also didnt own my own machine to try it out. Great work keep the ideas coming

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