Understanding Rubber and Metal Tracks for Urban Use

excavator machine at excavation in sand quarryExcavators are some of the toughest looking machinery you can find in any construction environment. What sets them apart is the metal and all the hydraulic hoses snaking from one end of the machine to the other. Additionally, many men had childhood fantasies about riding this construction equipment. For the urban landscape, it is now more common to have rubber tracks instead of traditional metal tracks.

Metal and Rubber Tracks

Metal tracks have many advantages, and among them are they’re tougher and lasts longer. If ever these are damaged, it’s relatively easy to replace. It’s hard work, but the procedure is almost so simple. For urban construction, it takes a long time before the tracks need replacing. There might be a significant damage to concrete roads when excavators pass through their surfaces. Metal tracks are ideal for soft ground and uneven terrain, and not for urban settings.

The advantages of rubber excavator tracks in Melbourne workplaces cannot be overlooked, however. The tracks are lightweight and do less damage to roads. The cost difference is significant, as well. The tracks, however, might last anywhere from 800 to 1500 hours depending on the operator and terrain.


There is now a preference for rubber tracks on tractor machines. Besides the economics, there’s also the inventory problem with keeping metal tracks in a long-term storage. For the price of a metal tread, you can have many rubber tractor treads in storage for a variety of tractor machines. Keeping your fleet running is important, so having spares can shorten downtime and lessen repair costs.

Rental fleet machines with experienced operators can average about 1250 hours, while privately owned machines can last longer. An excavator can use up to 10 or more during its lifespan.