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How Long Should Rubber Pads Last?

It depends on ground conditions, working application and hours worked. For general use on roads, you could expect 3-4 years but with coarse ballast material such as rail maintenance 1-2 years.


What’s The Best Type Of Rubber Pads For Rail Work?

Bolt-on pads are the best for rail as they have no end mounting clips. With clip-on pad’s, the clips can break if come into contact with solid objects especially cast ones, ask for the steel clip type.


Why Do My Rubber Pads Delaminate?

They should not delaminate, if they do it will most likely be faulty manufacturing or poor supplier, we guarantee no delamination for the life of the pad.


How To Fit Rubber Pads To Your Excavator?

  1. If being fitted to used machines, ensure all mud and other debris have been removed from the surface of the grouser blades before fitting the new pads.
  2. Position the Pad bolts in line with the pre-drilled holes on the grouser plate.
  3. Place the rubber pad firmly onto the grouser plate and fasten with spring washers and dome nuts from the underside of the grouser plate.
  4. Use an impact wrench to fasten the bolts and nuts. Tighten further with an offset wrench to the below torque settings.
  5. Once all the rubber pads have been installed, move the machine forward slowly to check they have been fitted securely and adjust if necessary.


Torque Settings For Rubber Pad Bolts:

M12 – 80 NM.
M14 – 115 NM.
M16 – 175NM.
M18 – 240 NM.
M20 – 340NM.
M22 – 465NM.