0:25 TRACK TYPES
0:45 RAISING THE MACHINE
1:35 RELEASE TRACK TENSION
2:59 REMOVING THE OLD TRACK
5:30 INSTALLING NEW TRACK
9:03 RE-INSTALL GREASE VALVE
9:30 ADJUST TRACK TENSION
11:28 RUN THE MACHINE
12:15 RE-INSTALL COVERS
Learn how to install new tracks on a compact track loader in the field. This rubber track installation tutorial video is in outdoor conditions. Keith describes how to put new snow tracks on a compact track loader, the Kubota SVL 95. The track installation process is similar for all other models of skid steers (compact track loaders), including Deere, Bobcat, Caterpillar, JCB, Takeuchi and others.
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In this video, Keith shows us the difference between all-purpose track and snow-track patterns, both of which can be found for sale on http://www.FortisTracks.com
Get the machine up in the air using a couple of wooden blocks underneath, closer to the side that will have its track replaced. Keith recommends blocks over a bottle jack to avoid damaging your tool. Flip the bucket up front, fire the machine up, and gently push the bucket into the ground lifting the machine up. The backend will land on the wooden blocks. Tilt the bucket forward as you push down the boom so that you don’t slide off the blocks.
When the tracks are safely in the air, release the tension by loosening the grease valve. Kubota SVL95 loaders take a 19mm wrench, other models such as Bobcat will take different sizes of tools so check your heavy equipment manual before starting. If you can't get the idler to pull in because the grease is too cold, insert a strong metal chisel bar into the sprocket and slowly back the track up to pull the idler in, loosening the track.
To take the track off, insert the chisel bar into the sprocket and slowly back up the machine while prying up. The track walks itself off the sprocket. Do the same thing on the bottom or slowly work the old track off by applying pressure back and forth. Roll or lift the old track out of the way.
Put the new track into place. Tracks are heavy so get help from a crew member or use another machine. Lower the machine back onto the ground, lift the track partially on the sprocket, and then lift the machine back up. The track will come with it. It is much easier to lift a cold stiff track if you have another machine. If not, brute force works.
Make sure the bottom is a little bit on, make sure you don’t snag any bolts, then kick the track into place or use a pry bar. It may take some time. Work on the front and the back to make sure your new track is installed properly. Once it’s on the sprockets, start prying the new track onto the wheels. Make sure the machine is high enough in the air that you can pry the track in place. Always double check your wooden blocks to make sure the machine isn’t going to slip off.
Reinstall the grease valve and adjust track tension. It should thread in almost all the way by hand, don’t push too hard and accidentally cross-thread it. Use a grease gun to pump grease back into the grease nipple. Refer to your manual to find the grease fitting on your machine. The cylinder will push against the front idler to tighten the track. If grease leaks between your grease gun and the valve, it can mean two things: your grease gun fitting is worn out and not sealing properly, or the grease nipple is damaged.
Once the track is tightened start the machine and travel the track backwards or forwards to let the track work itself into place. Double check the tension by hand. Check your manufacturer specs to verify how tight the tracks on your machine should be. Once finished, you can lower the machine to the ground and then reinsert the cover plate on the grease valve.
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Special thanks to our partners at Rent1 Equipment Rentals for lending us the Kubota SVL 95-2 track loader, and SmartCast Equipment for allowing us to film in their equipment yard. Check out links to their websites below.
Fortis Tracks: https://www.fortistracks.com/
SmartCast Equipment: https://www.smartcastequipment.com/
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