Why is buying rubber tracks online a bit like going fishing?
Buying Rubber Tracks Online. G’day, my name is Ash Collins and I am a Director of Tuffstuff Australia. For more than 10 years now, I have been selling and fitting thousands of rubber tracks on mini-excavators, track-loaders, cranes, dumpers and much, much more. I often get asked, how do I know what is a good track and what is not before I buy it? Everyone says theirs is the best, don’t they! Well today I would like to give you a few handy tips you can use as a guideline to help you in your decision making process.
You see, at the end of the day, buying rubber tracks is really a lot like going fishing. Now before you say that this guy is going mad and close the page, hear me out and let me see if I can make some sanity out of the madness of this statement.
1) You have to watch out for the sharks!
The industry is full of fly-by-nighters. It is so easy these days to buy a container of cheap rubber tracks online out of China through Alibaba, set up a sharp looking website and bang……….another rubber track warehouse is born and more cheap rubbish floods the market. Too bad about the quality, consistency, service, back-up or warranty. What warranty?
Do your research, find out how long they have been in business. Ask for customer referrals – if this information is not easily forthcoming then you might want to think twice.
2) If you are not careful, instead of catching a fish, you might end up with a gumboot!
Basically, a crappy rubber track and a gumboot are both just useless black pieces of rubber that get your hopes up and end up costing you more money and more machine down-time.
Cheap is never cheap in the long run. The old moral is still so true – if it sounds too cheap, then it most likely is. You almost always get what you pay for.
3) Size really does matter!
Everyone wants to catch the biggest fish right? We all love to brag about how many kilos of fillets we managed to harvest from the carcass of the fish we caught. The bigger and heavier the fish, the meat there is to feed on and the happier you’ll be. Well, buying a rubber track is much the same. The lighter the track, the less meat there is in the tread, the less dense the rubber, the thinner the cables – therefore the less enjoyment you are likely to have.
There is some pretty flimsy excuses for rubber tracks out there now – check the weight of the track before you buy – not a guarantee but certainly a good indication as to what you are likely to land.
So before you buy your next set of rubber tracks, check how big a fish it is you are you really catching.
Because if you hook up with a shark – you just might end up with a gumboot!!
Good luck and good fishing!