Better rubber or iron tracks? Choose the right ones with Cormidi

March 22, 2024

The crawler track is the tool that enables the movement of tractors, bulldozers or tanks: basically, the equivalent of the wheel for the vehicles we are used to driving every day. It is made up of a system of links connected to each other in a continuous manner, which allows the weight of the vehicle to be distributed over a larger surface area than traditional wheels. This makes the vehicle particularly resistant and suitable for moving over uneven, muddy or rocky terrain.

However, when equipping an excavator or mini-excavator, a legitimate question may arise: better rubber or iron tracks?

If you are considering the choice between these two options, you will find in the next few lines an overview of the pros and cons of both materials: a mini-guide that may be useful to you when purchasing.

Iron tracks: robust and durable

Starting with the advantages of iron tracks, among the first features that distinguish them are their robustness and durability. These make the machine ideal for moving even in difficult ground conditions and delay the wear and tear of the vehicle.

There are several reasons why iron tracks are preferred:

  1. Traction: The serrated surface allows it to adapt to uneven terrain and offers superior traction compared to conventional wheels.
  2. Adaptability: the iron tracks allow movement over a variety of surfaces, from muddy to rocky terrain.
  3. Stability: thanks to their solid base, the vehicle will be more stable.
  4. Longevity: with proper preventive maintenance, they can last longer than rubber.

Equipping the minidumper or wheelbarrow with iron tracks provides many benefits. However, certain critical issues associated with their use must be borne in mind, including:

Noise and vibration during use, which in the long run could cause discomfort and fatigue to operators.

The damage to the soil caused by the increased strength of the material, especially on delicate soils such as grassy areas or villa pavements as the minidumpers also work indoors, especially in historical centres.

– Being particularly robust, the iron tracks risk slowing down the machine, which is, of course, a problem for transport over long distances.

Rubber tracks: versatile and quiet

Rubber tracks are suitable for use on construction sites or agricultural fields where the surface is harder.

The advantages they offer are numerous, such as:

  1. Low ground pressure: rubber tracks exert less pressure on the ground, making them ideal for more sensitive and grassy terrain.
  2. Quiet and comfortable: unlike iron tracks, rubber produces less noise and vibration, ensuring greater comfort for operators and less noise damage.
  3. Greater adaptability: rubber tracks are better adapted to uneven and rough terrain. This makes them usable on a wide range of surfaces, regardless of their condition.
  4. Ease of maintenance: they require routine and thorough maintenance, but less frequent and costly than iron tracks.

However, rubber tracks also have some ‘limitations’ to be assessed; for example, they can wear out more easily than iron tracks, especially under highly abrasive conditions.

In addition, they are more susceptible to damage or tearing if they run over sharp objects or uneven ground. Their use on muddy ground or with sharp rocks is therefore not recommended.

So, better rubber or iron tracks?

The answer is: it depends. The factors you will have to consider to make the right decision are:

– the nature of the work to be done

– the type of terrain on which the machine will operate

– the specific load and traction requirements

– the long-term operating and maintenance costs

– the impact on vehicle efficiency

Based on these, and taking into account the information just provided, you will be able to make the best choice and equip your minidumper and wheelbarrow with the track that best suits your needs.


Choosing the right material between rubber or iron tracks is crucial to exploit the full performance of your machine and ensure optimal, uninterrupted movement. 

The complexity of the project, the type of terrain and the use of the machine will be crucial in guiding you in your choice. And Cormidi is at your side if you need further support in fitting rubber tracks. 

For advice and targeted advice from our team, do not hesitate to contact us!