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Adjusting track tension in Gehl CTL60 / Tak TL130

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by stasek, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. stasek

    stasek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    As I mentioned in another thread, we picked up a '06 Gehl CTL60 through Ironplanet. We brought it in couple days ago, and the machine looks to be in great shape, but it has couple small problems: it doesn't come with user manual/operator guide (I'm going to contact local dealer to see if they can get me one) and the tracks definitely need some adjustment. I tried searching, but cannot find a quick guide on how to adjust the track tension. While I search for the operator guite, could someone give me a cliff notes version on how to do that?
    Also, if you happen to know where to get the manual(s), please let me know.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    Lift the front of the machine off the ground with the bucket, and tension the tracks until you have about 1/2" of sag from the middle rollers, that's a safe tension.
    The tensioning grease fitting should be inside the frame, covered by a plate with 2 bolts or no plate.
    Takeuchi has no actual center roller, rather a space between the 4 rollers, so just get the best of both of them as close to 1/2" as possible.
  3. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    there is a little plate dead center of the tracks...i believe its a 7mm wrench to get it off (2 bolts and a plate about 4"x8")...inside you will see a grease fitting, you don't need to lift the machine up, we never do.

    pump grease into the fitting until you have about 3 inches of "slack" in the tracks...you don't want too much and you don't want them too tight either...just grab the track and move it up and down, it should only move about 3 inches

    if you go too far and need to let the tension out, on the fitting with the grease zerk you will see a bolt, i believe it is 18mm, loosen it and grease will come out, letting the front idler get pushed in and hence taking tension out of the track. If you ever have to take tension out make sure you have a few towels handy because it will fill that little compartment up with grease and make a mess...just dont forget to tighten the fitting before putting the cover back on the track rail
  4. stasek

    stasek LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Thanks for the info! I'll try it out in a little bit. Do you happen to know the size of the grease fitting?
  5. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    what do you mean?....its a standard fitting that any grease gun fits onto...the same size as the loader and bucket pins
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    The bolts are 13 mm as well as the grease fitting if you need to back it out.
    In a pinch a chainsaw wrench does work.
    The manual gives a predetermined speak on the track tension but my advice is to leave them looser than tighter.
    If you overtigthen they will stretch the cables in the tracks.
    They have to be really loose to cause a problem unless you are side slopping a steep bank.
  7. SellingIron

    SellingIron LawnSite Senior Member
    from FTE
    Posts: 661

    What weight grease should he use for the tracks?????What color should it be??
  8. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I use the same as what I grease the rest of the machine with.
  9. iron peddler

    iron peddler LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 184

    dirt digger....how do you feel 3 in of slack in a track that has steel cables in it by hand?
  10. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,366

    I pump mine up until the battery operated grease gun stalls. I have to keep mine tight for the crap I work in or I'll be putting them back on every day. I've tried keeping a little slack in them but they just keep falling off. I would say that its the fools that are runnign the machine doing it but even I manage to knock one off every now and then. So tight is better for me. I've put them back on way to many time:hammerhead:

    Here's what they look like


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