If you operate a skid steer loader on a daily basis, you know that things wear out and need to be replaced sometimes. Parts to fit your machine need to be correct for the model you have, and you need to have confidence in the supplier that you choose to buy your parts from. If it is a small, easy to replace, a mistake is inconvenient but a large item like a track is a much bigger deal so they have to be right.
When you need to get parts from the dealer for your skid steer, take the time to find a dealer that knows your machine and the parts associated with it. If you can't find any other source, the deal where you purchased the machine should be able to help you. There may be an equipment repair shop in the area that also works with parts that you can work with and they may be able to offer you a better price than the dealer. If you are going this route, make sure they parts are OE (original equipment) quality and that the parts counter associate understands your needs before you buy the parts.
Upgrades For Durability
When you bought your machine, your needs might have been different than they are now. There are parts you can upgrade to make the machine more durable but be sure that any "upgrades" you do are really worth the price. The other option is to trade the machine in and buy a different model if you wanted to.
Servicing Your Loader
Taking the time to service your machine daily is important. One of the best things you can do is to wash the machine after the work day is finished. After you have cleaned everything, inspect the machine and look for any problems with it. On a tracked machine you need to take the time to look at the connectors between the pads to ensure they are tight and not going to break, throwing the track from the machine. It is a good idea to take a minute and grease any zerk (grease fittings) fittings that you can reach but only if they need it. Don't force so much grease into the fitting that grease starts blowing out around the seals. That can tear the seal and allow dirt inside, causing premature wear.
Getting Your Machine Repaired
If you need repairs on your machine, taking it to a shop to have the work done by a heavy equipment mechanic is your best option. Major repairs are better done in a shop where they have the proper tools and equipment to handle the job properly.
For more information, contact a business such as North East Attachment and Track, LLC.