If you are an experienced user, you can install rubber tracks on a skidsteer in less than one hour. If you are doing it for the first time, it may take a longer time depending on the level of your mathematical skill. It is important to follow the procedure properly and you should be familiar with the new tools that are shipped with your tracks. You must make use of hand and eye protection while the whole installation and maintenance manual received with the tracks must be properly read before you start the process. The manual should also be kept handy because you may need it as a reference when the installation is going on.
The wheel spacers and boom stop should be installed on the skid steer. Other safety features of your unit must be applied while a single section of the track assembly should be removed so that sufficient clearance can be visually checked. If any clearance issue is encountered, you should get in touch with the provider before you continue. No tread section should be removed unless you have re-inflated the tires.
You should raise and block the machine boom per standard procedure for doing so. The tires should be deflated to about 50% so that there will be enough room to fit and install the tracks. One of the tracks should be laid on the machine so that it can directly align with the tires. You should unroll and straighten it in order not to leave any slack when fully extended.
Thereafter, you should drive forward slowly while centering the wheel in the track. You must ensure that the machine is stopped in the middle of the extended track ensuring that equal ends are under the front and rear tires. The tip of the “V” shape in the track should be kept in the same direction that the machine will pass through when moving forward.
The loose ends of the track lying on the ground should be lifted and laid over the front tire. Attach the C-clamp to the place where the dog-bone links and pins connect on the outside edge of the track and connect the ends at the lip. You should make reference to the manual to determine the sections of track to remove or connect. The C-clamps should be used to connect the ends of the track through clasping the C-clamp to the side of the track unit flange.
The extension should be mounted onto the ratchet and made tighter in order to draw the ends toward and into each other so that the connection will be made secure. The two clamps should be tightened simultaneously and they should be kept aligned while tightening them. The machine should be moved back and forth by inches so that all slack will be out of the track.