Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-14-2014, 07:56 AM
JNB Construction JNB Construction is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sanger, Texas
Posts: 238
Rear Idler Replacement?

Hey guys, My CASE TR320 has blown a drive motor hydraulic supply line. The drive motor has to be removed for the repair. At least it's on the same side as the "leaker", so I'll replace the drive motor at the same time.

The former owner obviously used this machine quite a bit pushing with the front of the tracks off the ground. The rear idlers have worn pretty wavy and deformed where they contact the tracks.

I planned on leaving the idlers alone until I replaced the tracks later this summer, but since I'll have the one track off anyway should I replace the one idler now?
__________________
"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire." Homer Bannon
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-14-2014, 11:46 PM
Construct'O's Avatar
Construct'O Construct'O is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sw Iowa
Posts: 1,373
Unless idler is causing more issues and bearing is okay i would wait.It is more likely a cosmetic thing now then issue.Try to make it until you do the complete track replacement.

Sounds like you have more important issue for now.Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-15-2014, 01:07 AM
mxridernorth mxridernorth is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: North Saanich
Posts: 287
I just replaced mine as a track finally broke (Bridgestones). I was waiting for the track to go before I did the rollers and they were well used. One side actually had a couple of cracks. I have to say, Bridgestone makes a long wearing track.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-15-2014, 07:31 AM
JNB Construction JNB Construction is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sanger, Texas
Posts: 238
Thanks guys, I'll wait until I replace the tracks.
__________________
"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire." Homer Bannon
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-15-2014, 10:12 PM
ksss's Avatar
ksss ksss is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Rigby, Idaho
Posts: 6,865
Quote:
Originally Posted by mxridernorth View Post
I just replaced mine as a track finally broke (Bridgestones). I was waiting for the track to go before I did the rollers and they were well used. One side actually had a couple of cracks. I have to say, Bridgestone makes a long wearing track.
I know that Bridgestone has a good rep, but I am not that impressed with the wear on my TR320. The depth of tread is fine, especially since I had to train everyone not burn the tracks off with this CTL. It is the cracks that concern me, a lot of cracking. I have 700 hours on the tracks, I am hoping to get 1000 or so, but I don't know if that will happen.
__________________
See us at www.kaiserskidsteer.com

Proudly running CASE and Takeuchi equipment.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-15-2014, 10:32 PM
JNB Construction JNB Construction is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sanger, Texas
Posts: 238
Quote:
Originally Posted by ksss View Post
I know that Bridgestone has a good rep, but I am not that impressed with the wear on my TR320. The depth of tread is fine, especially since I had to train everyone not burn the tracks off with this CTL. It is the cracks that concern me, a lot of cracking. I have 700 hours on the tracks, I am hoping to get 1000 or so, but I don't know if that will happen.
That's the issue with mine too at 870 hrs, plenty of tread but lots of cracks.
__________________
"Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire." Homer Bannon
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-16-2014, 12:27 AM
mxridernorth mxridernorth is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: North Saanich
Posts: 287
That much is true, lots of cracks and still good tread depth. Cracks don't concern me as much as chunking and for the variable soil conditions here, I'd say they performed well.

My machine was second hand and when I got it a few years ago I assumed that I would be replacing them in short order. The fact that they lasted as long as they did was surprising but also in large part due to having an owner/operator running the machine.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-17-2014, 07:58 AM
Construct'O's Avatar
Construct'O Construct'O is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sw Iowa
Posts: 1,373
Had a crack on one of mine(Bridgestones) at 200 hours worried myself all the way up to 2100 hours before changing them.Still had good high on the tread,but crack was getting back into the surface where the roller was running so changed them out.

Now running the Polor Tread (Bridgestones) and I'm real happy with them.Holding up better then the tear drop shape track designs pads.Better traction very little sign of cracking,chunking or wear.At close to 1500 hours now on them.

Mostly just dirtwork here tho!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:13 PM.

Page generated in 0.06980 seconds with 9 queries