As you research mini excavators before choosing which one to buy or hire, you may have a choice between having steel or rubber tracks. While both materials have their benefits, rubber tracks may be more versatile. What are the advantages?
1. Reduced Vibration Impact
If your mini excavator has rubber tracks, it benefits from the natural cushioning of rubber. Steel tracks may have harsher effects because they lack this kind of insulation between the tracks and the machine. This cushioning has a few benefits.
For example, your drivers will be more comfortable and less physically stressed at work. Rubber tracks make an excavator more stable; they vibrate less than steel alternatives.
You may also find that rubber tracks increase the driving speed of your excavator. If you reduce vibrations, machines can be driven faster and more efficiently. This may also affect the maintenance and lifespan of the excavator itself. The extra vibrations you get from steel tracks may damage or wear down parts of the excavator more quickly. Rubber tracks aren't likely to cause this kind of problem.
2. Ground Versatility
Rubber tracks generally have good traction. They are easy to operate on many difficult sites, such as those that are muddy or soft. They also transfer easily from one type of site to the next without causing too much damage. These tracks don't dig into soft ground as much as steel ones.
You can also run a rubber-tracked excavator on paved sites or roads without any problems. While steel tracks may damage hard surfaces, rubber tracks won't give you this kind of problem.
So, your excavator can be used during all stages of the construction process, even after you've laid down final surfaces or roads. You can also move this kind of excavator off-site more easily as it can run on most surfaces.
3. Less Noise
Construction site noise is a big issue. It doesn't matter if you're working on a small domestic build or a major commercial construction site, you may have a responsibility to keep noise down as much as you can out of consideration for people who live or work in the area.
Steel-tracked mini excavators can be quite noisy. If the steel on the tracks runs over or hits something hard, then it will make a lot of noise. Rubber tends to work much more quietly.
Your machinery supplier can tell you more about the pros and cons of different tracking systems. They can help you decide if rubber tracks are the best option for your excavator.