Tracked undercarriages and crawler-type movement are advantageous for providing a greater surface area but can be limited by uneven terrain. In some equipment types, a bogie assembly or bogie wheel structure is connected to the frame and positioned between the front and rear idlers to allow the frame to adjust to uneven terrain. Some tracked equipment models are designed with bogies as external suspension components to reduce traction and smooth the ride across uneven ground.
It is important for operators to be proactive about proper maintenance. Repairing even the smallest parts is crucial to prevent unnecessary wear on other parts that could lead to more costly and time-consuming repairs.
Operators should inspect their equipment at the start of the workday. Begin with a walk around the machine examining the undercarriage for imperfections or material buildup. Operators should try to identify any broken or damaged bearings, sprockets, bolts, springs, or other components. If you notice that the bogies are showing excessive wear or crumbling, replace them immediately as the machine will not operate as smoothly.
During operation, the undercarriage may get material built up and should be cleared from the tracks, rollers and idlers, bogie assembly, and other components. Proper maintenance and intelligent operation can protect your parts and bottom line.