We regularly hire our customers with rubber pads on 14 - 25t excavators to help them get jobs done on paved surfaces. Rubber pads on heavy excavators mean these are fast wearing items. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of rubber pads:
- Correct Sizing: Ensure you’re using the correct size of rubber pads for your excavator model. Ill-fitting pads can lead to increased wear and tear, both on the pads themselves and on the machine.
- Regular Inspection: Before and after each use, inspect the rubber pads for any signs of damage such as cracks, significant wear, or tears. Promptly replace any damaged pads to maintain optimal performance and safety.
- Surface Suitability: Rubber pads are ideal for use on sensitive surfaces where you want to minimise damage, such as paved roads or landscaped areas. They provide excellent grip and reduce the likelihood of leaving marks or scratches.
- Cleaning: Keep the rubber pads clean from debris, oil, or chemicals, which can degrade the rubber over time. This not only extends the life of the pads but also ensures better traction and less damage to surfaces.
- Tightening Check: Regularly check that the bolts holding the rubber pads are tight. Loose bolts can lead to the pads coming off or shifting, which can cause damage to the excavator or the working surface.
- Storage: When not in use, store the rubber pads in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to heat and UV light can cause the rubber to deteriorate.
- Operating Techniques: Train your operators on the best practices for maneuvering excavators with rubber pads. Smooth, gradual movements reduce the stress on the pads and prevent unnecessary wear as well as better protect the surface.
- Avoid Sharp Objects: Even though rubber pads are durable, sharp objects can cut or puncture them. Be mindful of the terrain and avoid areas with sharp rocks, metal scraps, or other debris.
By following these tips, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your rubber pads, reduce maintenance costs, and ensure the longevity of both your equipment and the surfaces you work on. Not just for large excavator pads but for all size pads and tracks.