The longer your undercarriage lasts, the lower your total cost of ownership. Because Cat® undercarriage is designed and manufactured by Caterpillar to specifically match your machine requirements, your Cat dealer can provide you with inspections and services that ensure every component lasts as long as possible before replacement.
Proper shoe selection and smart operation will make your undercarriage work better and last longer. Here are four ways to get the most from your Cat undercarriage investment.
while still allowing for adequate flotation
in nonproductive situations, especially in reverse
since turning in only one direction wears out one side of the undercarriage faster than the other
which reduces production while increasing wear on all undercarriage components
Practicing undercarriage preventive maintenance is an efficient way to extend undercarriage wear life and avoid undercarriage component failures. Below are some key practices you can follow.
for expert advice and service
in its working environment
using the Caterpillar torque-turn method for precise control
checking for loose bolts, leaking seals and abnormal wear
so that rollers are able to turn properly
If repair is not an effective option for your undercarriage, ask these questions to help decide which Cat undercarriage is the right fit for your work and your machine. Precisely defining these parameters will help lead you to the best choice for your needs.
For heavy equipment with tracks, getting dirty is a part of the job. But to protect the life of the undercarriage, regular cleaning and maintenance will go a long way to extended wear. Caterpillar recommends to power wash on a regular basis and always promptly remove any large rocks, mud or debris that get logged between the tracks. Many operators carry a shovel for just this purpose.
Cat Abrasion™ performs better and lasts 50% longer than conventional undercarriage in your high-abrasion, low-to-medium impact applications. Available for D3-D6 dozers.
Built on proven Cat Heavy Duty undercarriage, HDXL takes performance to the next level with exceptional wear life and lower cost per hour in tough applications. Available for D6-D11 dozers.