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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
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We Stock All Styles of Rubber Pads

What are excavator Rubber Pads?

The  range of rubber pads available from UK Construction Parts Ltd now represents a new investment for  future expansion  for us into the Rubber Pad market.

Using specially developed rubber compounds, Rubber pads offer the strength of steel tracks combined with the flexibility of rubber tracks ( being able to run on road surfaces without doing damage ) the Rubber Pads offer increased bonding strength, and increased wear resistance.

What does that mean for you?

This increase in flexibility giving strength and wear resistance equates to massive savings in maintenance costs with customers reporting that the pads last well in the market place. Many sets having been fitted to new Cat machines as they leave the main dealer. 

We supply Rubber Pads in 3 styles – read on for more information.


We stock a range of  bolt-on style rubber pads for machines from 5 ton up to 13 ton, and in widths from 400mm up to 500mm. These  Bolt-on pads bolt through the steel track shoe for maximum strength and durability. All pads are supplied with nuts , removal of the pads is very easy when required.



We also have large stocks of the  700mm, Clip-on pad which suits most makes and models of 13 Ton excavator on the market. These pads feature a fixed clip to one end of the pad to halve the fitting time.  The removable clip also features a recessed area for the bolt-head which prevents the clip getting knocked off when tracking close to a kerb or other raised features. These features  will allow your larger machine to be more versatile when using these rubber pads.



These direct to chain or roadliner pads bolt straight onto your existing steel chains and they are designed only for finished surfaces being a lighter weight option than bolt on or clip on pads. Still stronger than rubber tracks and proven to last longer on 7 to8 ton machines.