RUBBER TRACKS: better to replace them in pairs or alone?

Rubber tracks: better to replace them in pairs or alone?

This is a recurring question we answer during telephone conversations we have with our customers and we would like to clarify our answers in this post.

More and more often our sales consultants find themselves answering questions like this: “I have a broken rubber track, can I buy only one or do I have to get one pair?”

The answer is: “Dear customer, you can only buy one to handle the emergency, but…”

In the following paragraphs we will see the pros and contras of replacing single or twin rubber tracks.


Replacing only one rubber track:

Here are the advantages/disadvantages of replacing a single rubber track:



  • less investment
  • less time for replacement
  • unequal wear and tear
  • tracks of different marks or different conditions
  • upcoming breakage of not replaced track


Replacement of 2 rubber tracks:

Below is a list of the advantages/disadvantages when replacing rubber tracks in pairs:



  • better performance of rubber tracks and undercarriage
  • more resistance having the same condition of wear on one side and on the other
  • same technology and quality, both being Minitop products.
  • None


In case only one track is replaced, the tracked vehicle is unfortunately disadvantaged due to uneven contact on the working surface. The performance of the rubber tracks will never be perfect and consequently also the one of the vehicle on which they are fitted. This is very clear with Bobcat-type tracked minipala. For these applications it is strongly recommended to replace both rubber tracks due to their structural features, the type of undercarriage and the performance of the machine.



Given the major advantages, Minitop recommends replacing tracks in pairs and keeping the worn track as backup plan for emergencies. Obviously this is our opinion as experts in the world of rubber tracks for almost 25 years! However, our opinion is not binding and if a customer decides to buy only one track only we can’t force clients to change their mind.


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