July 2, 2019How to Find and Read Rubber Track Sizes
Before you start searching for new or replacement agricultural rubber tracks, you should make sure you know exactly what size tracks you already have fitted. If you’ve never had to take these measurements before, you’ll be glad to know it’s pretty simple to do. Just follow the steps on our handy guide below.
What info do I need?
To ensure you find the right tracks for your machine, you’ll need to note the following information:
- The make, model and year of manufacture of the vehicle
- Rubber track size — width X pitch X number of links
- The guide size of the tracks
- The type of roller fitted to the vehicle
Step 1 – Look for markings
Before you get the tape measure out, inspect the tracks to see if you can find the measurements printed on the rubber. If they are, this will give you all of the measurements you need! They should be displayed as: width X pitch X gauge size X number of links
Step 2 – Measure the width
No printed measurements? No worries. Time to get manual. Simply place your tape measure across the top of the track, measuring the width from one side to the other in mm.
Step 3 – Measure the pitch
‘The pitch’ measures the distance from the centre of one link to the next. Take this measurement in mm.
Step 4 – Count the number of links around the track
You need to count how many links (also called lugs) are on the tracks. Start by marking one link, then counting all the way around the track until you have your total.
Step 5 – Measure the guide system
It will also help to take measurements for the guide system — the inside line of the track which runs along the rubber. You’ll need three measurements:
- Width — measure, in mm, the distance between the outside bottom of one link to the outside bottom of the link across from it.
- Width — Now measure the width between the bottom inside of one link to the bottom inside of the one across from it.
- Height — Measure the inside height of one link.
Step 6 – Check your roller type
Check whether your roller type is an outer or an inner — as demonstrated in the image here.
With all of these steps complete, you’ll have all you need to find the right replacement tracks for your agricultural vehicle. The next step is getting in touch with Treadfirst; we supply and fit rubber tracks for agricultural vehicles of all makes and models, so give us a call and let us know what you need.