How-to-measure rubber tracks,
pads and buffers

Swapping out old or worn rubber tracks, pads and buffers is part and parcel of the earthmoving industry. However, with a number of track types, machine types and sizes to choose from, getting the right replacement can be a perilous task.

Fortunately, we’re here to help and give you the insight needed to order your replacement with confidence the first time round.

Steps Tracks

Whether you’re after excavator tracks, agricultural tracks, Dingo/Toro rubber tracks, ASV tracks, dumper tracks or skid steer loader tracks, knowing how to read and measure the replacement you need will go a long way in minimising site downtime.

Fortunately, regardless of the track type you need, they all follow the same measurement principles, which is as follows:

Width x Pitch x Links.

  • Width (mm) – outside dimension of track
  • Pitch (mm) – point to point between each link
  • Links (total #) – number of links for the whole track

Verify Your Measurements. Double-check: Measure twice for accuracy.

Consult Manufacturer Guidelines: Check for specific recommendations or tolerances.


Steps Pads

Measuring rubber pads for your excavator or planner is a vital step in ensuring optimal performance and safety. Whether you're replacing worn pads or upgrading your equipment, understanding how to accurately measure these components is crucial.

Prepare Your Equipment and Tools. Position the excavator or planner on a level surface; engage safety locks. Gather a measuring tape or ruler and notepad.

Measure Key Dimensions:

  • Length: Measure the pad from end to end.
  • Width: Measure across the pad.
  • Thickness: Measure from the bottom to the top surface.
  • Count Bolts: Note the number of bolts/ bolt holes.
  • Measure Distances: Measure between the bolts or bolt holes.

Verify Your Measurements. Double-check: Measure twice for accuracy.

Consult Manufacturer Guidelines: Check for specific recommendations or tolerances.

Steps Buffers

Proper sizing is crucial for the optimal performance and longevity of rubber buffers and mounts. The following steps simplifies the process of accurately measuring these essential components. Whether dealing with circular, rectangular, or cylindrical forms, these step-by-step instructions will help you gather the precise dimensions needed for a perfect fit.

Gather Tools including measuring tape or ruler, notepad, calipers (if available).

Identify Buffer/Mount: Determine specific type and shape (e.g. round, square, oval).

  • Measure Diameter/Width:
  • Circular: Across the center.
  • Rectangular/Square: From one side to the opposite.

Measure Height/Thickness:

  • Cylindrical/Circular: From base to top edge.
  • Rectangular/Square: From base to top surface.

Record Measurements including diameter/width, height/thickness.

Consult Manufacturer Guidelines: Check for fit and tolerances.

Compare and Confirm Size: Ensure alignment with recommended sizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Converting from steel to rubber or vice versa can sometimes be problematic so don’t risk it unless you must. For example, many machines have different track spring tension settings between steel and rubber track machines. Other machines run alternate sprockets, idlers, or even rollers. 

In most cases, changing tracks requires specialised equipment and expertise. It’s recommended to hire professionals or consult with our friendly team for more information. 

In most cases, you can switch back to steel tracks if needed, but it may involve added costs and time for conversion. 

Safety is paramount when changing tracks. Ensure that the equipment is secure, follow proper procedures, and use the right safety gear. Consider hiring professionals for the task if you are unsure. Our team is more than happy to guide your purchase decision and answer any questions you may have about our products. 

If you are choosing to convert your steel tracked machinery to rubber, be aware that there are a few differences in equipment that can affect measuring and tension. It is best to speak with one of our friendly team prior to buying to avoid any after sales hassles. 

Need more help?

Whether something is not quite right or you just want to speak to a real person to make sure you’re measuring correctly, our experienced team is ready to answer you at a moment’s notice.

Call your local TrackPads Australia specialist today on 1300 669 294.