It’s essential that your rubber pads are in top condition to operate at peak performance. Continuous machinery usage can lead to a decline in your rubber pads. This causes further machine issues like increased wear and damaged undercarriage. By being prepared and replacing your rubber pads when they are worn, you'll save downtime and money.
Here are some signs that you need to replace your rubber pads.
1. Rubber is thin
If the tread on the rubber pad is worn and the rubber is thin, it compromises the durability of the rubber pad. It can decrease the traction of the machine causing safety concerns.
2. Cracks are showing
If cracks are showing on rubber pads, the rubber pads are worn and can cause them to come loose. This means your machine will ride unevenly potentially leading to further machine issues.
3. Hardware is rusted or missing
If bolts are missing or clips are cracking on your rubber pads, it’s a sign that it is time to replace. Rust weakens the integrity of the pad and the hardware can damage road surfaces and curbs. Missing hardware can cause the pads to come off creating more issues.
4. Steel plate is showing
If the rubber pad is worn down enough that the steel plate is showing though, this may cause damage to your working terrain/surface. Surface damage increases cost and work time. Ensure that your rubber pads aren’t too worn to protect surfaces and work at optimum capacity.