Replacing iron tracks with rubber: a step-by-step guide

October 19, 2023

Wheelbarrows and mini dumpers have become indispensable tools in the world of construction, earthmoving, and many other professional applications. The choice of tracks, whether iron or rubber, can significantly influence their performance and lifespan. Understanding how to correctly replace iron tracks with rubber ones can offer benefits in terms of efficiency, safety, and long-term costs.

Let’s delve deeper into which type of track might be right for you and, most importantly, how to best carry out the replacement from iron to rubber tracks.

Why replace iron tracks with rubber?

Before diving into the process, it’s essential to understand why one might want to make this replacement:

    • – Sensitive surfaces: Rubber tracks are less damaging to paved or delicate surfaces, reducing scratches and abrasions.
    • – Reduced noise: Ideal for residential areas or places where noise might be an issue, rubber tracks are considerably quieter.
    • – Traction: They offer better grip on many surfaces, especially if wet.

Various Steps of the Replacement Process

A well-done replacement not only ensures the safety of the operator but also optimizes the performance of the wheelbarrow or mini dumper. With a few preliminary steps, we can ensure the entire process goes smoothly, and the machine is ready for the challenges of the terrain with its new rubber tracks. Here are the main steps to consider for a successful replacement:

    1. Safety first: Before starting, ensure the machine is turned off, stable, and on a flat surface.
    2. Release tension: Use the tension release mechanism (often a valve or lever) to reduce tension from the existing track.
    3. Remove the old track: Once tension is released, begin removing the iron track. This might require levers or other tools.
    4. Install the new track: Place the rubber track around the drive wheel, ensuring proper alignment. As you position it, rotate the drive wheel to help the track settle into the right position.
    5. Restore tension: Once the rubber track is installed, use the tension mechanism to ensure the track is appropriately taut. A track that’s too loose or too tight can cause operational issues.

Tips for an effective replacement

A fundamental detail not to overlook during the replacement is consulting your machine’s manual. Each wheelbarrow or mini dumper model may have unique specifications, and becoming familiar with them can prevent potential issues.

Another crucial aspect is cleanliness: before installing the new tracks, ensure you’ve removed all dirt or debris from wheels and components. This simple step not only eases the installation but can also extend the life of your new rubber tracks.

Rely on experts

If you’re uncertain about the process or prefer to ensure a perfect replacement, turning to industry professionals is the best choice. Cormidi is an industry leader in the production of tracked mini dumpers and skid loaders. With their vast experience in construction sites, earthmoving businesses, and agriculture, they’re the ideal choice to ensure your machine is in the best hands.


Replacing iron tracks with rubber can considerably simplify daily tasks, save on maintenance costs, and extend the lifespan of your wheelbarrow or mini dumper. Whether you choose to do it yourself or rely on professionals like Cormidi, make sure you do it right for the best results.

Would you like to speak directly to one of our technicians for tailored advice? Contact us here: we’ll answer all your questions.