A wonderful start of the day.
Wanted to start digging the foundation trenches for the office add-on for my workshop. But instead my excavator threw a track giving me a change to make a how to for you guys!
What you will need:
- pry bar
- grease gun
- socket wrench
- some good working gloves
- paper/rags for cleaning up
Lift the body of the excavator with its arm to give some clearance from the ground.
Remove the idler-wheel grease fitting. Make sure to clean and inspect it.
Use the pry bar to push the idler wheel back. Catch the grease coming out of the grease fitting hole with some old rags.
Pry the track back on the sprocket then use the sprocket to drive it back on (Warning keep hands and feet clear of the moving track! 🙉 🙊 🙈 ).
Reinsert the CLEAN! grease fitting and hand tighten. No need to go hulk style on this.
Using the grease gun, tension the track. Make sure to not over tension the track or else it could snap.
I like to keep two fingers distance between the track and track roller.
All ready to get back digging!