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5 Tips to Maximize the Undercarriage Life of Bobcat Equipment

April 03, 2024

When it comes to Bobcat equipment, such as loaders and excavators, the undercarriage is a critical component that significantly influences its performance and lifespan. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure smooth and efficient operation.

Learn how to maximize your performance and extend the lifespan of your investment with these 5 essential tips!

Regularly inspect and clean the undercarriage

It is important to regularly inspect the undercarriage for any signs of wear or damage. Clean out any debris or dirt that may have accumulated, as this can cause additional wear on the components. Be sure to inspect the following:

  • Drive motor – check for leaks, signs of damage, or unusual noises
  • Drive sprockets – check for worn or missing teeth
  • Main idlers and rollers - check for signs of wear, cracks, or loose components
  • Rock guards – ensure full attachment and free of damage
  • Track bolts – check for tightness and signs of wear
  • Track chains – check for signs of stretching or damage
  • Track shoes – replace worn or damaged shoes
  • Track tension – adjust as needed

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Properly lubricate moving parts

Proper lubrication of the undercarriage components is essential to reducing friction and wear. Make sure to use the correct type of lubricant and apply it regularly to keep the parts moving smoothly. Refer to your operator's manual for specific instructions for your machine!

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Avoid excessive strain on the equipment

Try to avoid overloading or pushing the equipment beyond its limits, as this can put unnecessary stress on the undercarriage components. Operate the equipment within the recommended guidelines to extend its lifespan, which can be found in your operation and maintenance manual.

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Maintain proper track tension

Keeping the tracks properly tensioned is important to ensure smooth operation and reduce wear on the undercarriage. Check the track tension regularly and adjust as needed to prevent premature wear and maintain optimal track alignment. Track tension should be checked according to machine specifications within the service checklist and schedule. 

Image Source: Bobcat Company, “How To Check Bobcat Compact Track Loader Tension”, 2012. Accessed via

Replace worn parts promptly

If you notice any signs of wear or damage on the undercarriage components, such as worn track links or rollers, it is important to replace them promptly. Continuing to operate the equipment with worn parts can cause further damage and lead to more costly repairs in the long run.

Image Source: Bobcat Company, “How To Daily Inspect Your Bobcat Compact Loader”, 2014. Accessed via

By following these five tips, you can ensure that your equipment stays in top working condition for years to come. If you are noticing any signs of wear and tear on your undercarriage, don't hesitate to book a service appointment today to prevent any further damage!

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Remember, a well-maintained undercarriage is key to keeping your equipment running smoothly and efficiently!

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