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How To Check Your Track Tension

Are you ready for a Maintenance 101 lesson? Today we’re going to show you how to safely check the track tension on your John Deere Compact Track Loader!


Step 1: Raise the front of the unit off the ground.

Step 2: Check the gap between the idler and the track.

  • For large frame units you want between an 1″ to 1.5″ gap between the 3rd idler and the track. 
  • For mid frame units you want 1″ to 1.5″ gap between the 2nd idler and the track.

Step 3: To tension the track remove the plate and pump grease into the grease zerk until you get proper tension.

Step 4: Check tension on a new unit after 10 hrs and then weekly after that to get the best track life out of your unit.

To learn more contact your local Van Wall Equipment store today!

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