Rubber Tracks Versus Rubber Pads

As a market leading supplier of spare parts for excavators to the plant hire and construction industry, we often get asked by customers as to the benefits of rubber tracks versus rubber pads.

More and more manufacturers are offering their diggers on Steel tracks and rubber pads rather than on rubber tracks which is the more traditional option.  This is particularly the case on excavators from 7 ton upwards.

Rubber tracked excavators first made their debut in the early 80’s and became popular due to their compact size and adaptability.  As machines became more popular, the rubber track industry was also developed. Buy your rubber tracks here

Early rubber tracks were made in a long length, then the ends were overlapped and joined.  This initially caused issues with the rubber track pulling apart under extreme tension.

More recent advances have led to the tracks being manufactured as a continuous loop (Sometimes known as Jointless Track Technology or J-track), which eliminated the risk of the tracks pulling apart. Our latest designed rubber tracks also encompass smooth ride technology bringing you upto date with modern advances.

Some advantages to consider

Some of the benefits of machines fitted with rubber tracks are as follows:

  • Relative low cost
  • Quick to change
  • Lighter weight for situations where weight is a constraint
  • Smoother tracking, particularly on smaller excavators

Some of the disadvantages of rubber tracks are as follows:

  • Once a rubber track snaps, it cannot be repaired like a steel track can
  • Rubber tracks can be difficult to dispose of due to environmental legislation

Some benefits of rubber pads

  • Steel tracks with Rubber pads can last longer than rubber tracks on larger machines
  • Rubber pads can be fitted to bigger machines to offer the option to track on finished surfaces
  • purchase your rubber pads here

Delivery Fraud

Scam warning!!!

With covid 19 happening we have found more of an increase in online ordering for delivery. Scammers have now court onto this new trend and now aiming their scams in this direction.

One of the more prominent #phishing scams involves fake email messages or text messages pretending to be from the Royal Mail, DPD or other delivery providers. The message may indicate that a courier has tried to deliver a parcel. It then asks you to reschedule the delivery by clicking a link to a fake website, and to settle an outstanding delivery fee. This is a smart scam, as the email uses various techniques to try and obtain your personal information.

Please be very vigilant against scams, Somethings to consider is:

  • Are you expecting a delivery? If not, then question why you would receive this email/ Text.
  • Would you expect the delivery company to know and contact you via your email address or phone number?

If you are expecting a delivery, Contact the sender to check first before clicking any link or providing any personal information.

Here at UK Construction Parts deliveries to the UK do not incur extra charges for re-delivery from the delivery company.

Supply Chain

Supply delays ,  is this too much demand, Brexit or Covid 19 ?

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has said that high demand for construction products is likely to continue for at least the rest of this year, and that construction sector companies “should not expect any improvement” when it comes to supply chain issues over the coming months.

A statement from the co-chairs of CLC’s Product Availability working group, said that even though demand for construction products is not as high as was in the summer – mostly due to “softening in residential DIY and repair, maintenance and improvement projects” – the market is still extremely strong and is expected to remain so for the rest of 2021.

“While product supply has improved in some areas, several critical challenges remain, particularly around logistics and related labour shortages, and rising product and input costs,” the CLC said.

“The shortage of HGV drivers remains the most critical issue across the board, cited by many as a key risk involving not only late deliveries but hiring, retention and wage inflation.”

In addition to the HGV driver situation, for which no improvement is expected until at least the first quarter of next year, the delivery of raw materials, products and components are also continuing to be affected by global shipping issues.

“Some UK ports also continue to struggle, with their problems exacerbated by the shortage of HGV drivers causing further delays in moving products from the ships onto the road network. These issues, both global and domestic, are expected to continue well into 2022,” said the CLC.

There are also warnings that high gas and electricity costs and associated carbon costs, which are impacting both UK and overseas ‘heavy-side’ manufacturers, will soon lead to significant price increases across the board

The CLC, which works with the construction firms and the government to identify and deliver actions to support the UK construction industry, is also expecting the price of cement – and consequently concrete products – to rise as a result of the increased energy costs.

The supply chain issues and raw material shortages are also anticipated to impact the supply of paint and coatings products, increasing both lead times and prices.

In light of the ongoing supply chain issues,  UK Construction parts will still do everything we can to ensure you get the parts you need to get back up and running as soon as possible need it now check out plant spares online for 24/7 ordering

shipping – delivery

We try our best to ensure that all your deliveries get to you as promptly as possible but it seems at every turn these days there are barriers put in our way !

currently we have reported issues in the following areas / couriers

Tuffnells – Somerset , delays due to covid at several depots

APC  -staff shortages and delays in the following  postcode areas: SW /  W1 ~ 14 / WC / E /  N / CF  / ME / TN / EX / OL / NE / SG

Potential Disruption at French Ports ( IMPORT AND EXPORT 

Over the last few days, the news headlines have been focusing on the UK / French political relationship and the threat of possible disruption this may cause. 

It is possible that your shipments to or from France may be affected by French action at short notice. Any action would also have an affect on goods transiting France to or from Europe.


We are monitoring the situation closely and will issue updates as and when we have positive information of any action being taken. We do ask however, that you bear in mind the possible French action locking ports to UK ships, possible disruption via the channel tunnel and increasing checks by French Customs on shipments travelling inbetween the UK and France for exports and imports.


We intend to continue with our normal departure schedule. However, transit times and vehicle availability may be elongated if French action is implemented.

Sorry we hope to have better news soon