Author Archive for Tom McIntyre

The Value of Grouser Bar

According to studies done by Caterpillar and others, undercarriage service can account for more than 50% of total maintenance over the lifetime of a machine. As you know, when it comes to the bottom line, machine run time and maintenance costs are important factors in the overall success for a company servicing or using bulldozers

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Preparing Heavy Equipment For Winter Use: Part 2

When it comes to winterizing your heavy machinery, you have to do a lot more than just doing a quick inspection. From track wear bars to grouser bars, there are plenty of factors you should know about for proper machine winterizing. You already learned about the importance of installing quality ice lugs and tire chains

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Preparing Tracked Heavy Equipment For Winter Use: Part 1

There is a lot of care that goes into operating heavy equipment. Not only do you have to make sure each piece of heavy machinery is working properly, you have to make sure it’s prepared for the the changing seasons. On top of that, inexperienced operators will need to be trained to properly use this

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Understanding Grouser Bar Sizes: A Guide

The mining and construction industries are extremely large. By the fall of 2016, there were roughly 659,000 mining employees across the United States, with millions more working in the construction industry. Not only are these industries a part of American culture, but they are also very important for numerous other industries. Because of their importance,

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How Often Should You Inspect Your Heavy Equipment Undercarriage?

In 2014, the estimated spending by private construction companies reached $687 billion. If you own or work for such an organization, it’s vital to protect that business’s investments. Without a doubt, that includes heavy equipment and the components that make them work. By taking a proactive approach, you can perform preventative maintenance that will extend

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In the Field: How Operators Can Protect Heavy Equipment Undercarriages: Part 2

You’ve already read about the importance of regularly inspecting your grouser tracks parts, grouser bars, and every inch of your dozer before and after each use. And you’ve also learned about when to set the correct track alignment on your dozer’s undercarriage. Now it’s time to go into even more detail about how to ensure

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In the Field: How Operators Can Protect Heavy Equipment Undercarriages: Part 1

Dealing with heavy equipment can be a difficult task no matter what industry you’re in. If you’re working with large bulldozers, not only do you have to ensure that the machine itself is working properly, you have to make sure that every aspect of this large piece of machinery is strong and correctly maintained. From

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5 Ways To Increase Screening Efficiency in Crushing Operations

The U.S. currently has the second largest construction market across the globe, with expenditures exceeding $900 billion. Though the industry as a whole is easy to analyze, there are plenty of important smaller aspects of the construction market that require much more detailed attention. Crushing operations, for instance, utilizing screening bars and all sorts of

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Weld On Grouser Bar Procedure: 5 Important Steps

The weld on grouser bar process can be quite complicated for the inexperienced welder. Grouser bar material is strong and difficult to manipulate. In addition to the tough materials being used during the welding procedure, it’s important that each part of the grouser steel tracks finished product is welded correctly to prevent machine damage or

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The Top 6 Reasons Heavy Equipment Track Shoes Break Down

If you’re trying to extend the life of your heavy equipment undercarriage, then maintaining your track shoes is essential. However, by definition, heavy equipment takes a lot of natural wear and tear. Here are some of the most common reasons grouser bar tracks break down: Not enough sag on the grouser bar tracks — Chains

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