350 B Track

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350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:57 pm

What's the best way to free up frozen track links. I have a few that won't budge with a sledge hammer and soaking with PB Blaster.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by Stan Disbrow » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:59 pm

Hi,

Water. But, that won't be nearly as effective with the oil used first.....

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:25 pm

Thanks Stan, do you pour water on them and then beat them or just rotate the tracks.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by B Town » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:29 pm

Drive in a water hole or drive over a cheap blue tarp/pull up the edges/fill with enough water to cover the chain on the ground. Pull forward and repeat until the track is done. The use the track frequent. Best regards, Bruce

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:01 pm

Thanks B Town, I will try that out when i get it back together.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by scampr » Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:55 pm

Snow is a wonderful thing but i dont think you better wait for that . :lol:
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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:19 pm

I would have to wait a few more months for the snow, so I hope the water does the trick. Would heating them with a torch work too or is that not recommended.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by Lavoy » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:18 am

DO NOT HEAT! They are hardened steel, you do not want to risk changing the properties of the steel by heating. Water is far and away the best answer. Sometimes you can use a power washer with a zero degree nozzle and shoot right at the joint of the pin and bushing and get some rust out.
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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:45 pm

Well I jacked the dozer up and made a pond and let the tracks turn for awhile but it didn't seem to help any. Does it have to be on the ground for it to work right. Thanks

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by B Town » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:54 pm

How long is awhile? I suspect it will need to be longer. There is a lot of surface area involved.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by B Town » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:56 pm

Your previous use of PB may inhibit the action of the water. Does PB have a water dispersant property?

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:57 pm

15 to 20 minutes. These are frozen pretty good, they won't budge when hitting with a sledge hammer.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:59 pm

It's been a couple months since the pb was put on.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by timmtnman » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:08 pm

I think I will try the pressure washer tomorrow. Then run for a while in the water. If that doesn't work can the pins be removed and replaced.

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Re: 350 B Track

Post by B Town » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:16 pm

I have soaked frozen parts in a water bucket for 1-2 weeks, before they saw it my way. Pins and bushings can be replaced. Are the chain rails worth saving? Some cases make more sense to replace the whole chain, than to pay for track press time/labor. You could upgrade to a SALT chain with two piece master links. Oh yeah!!

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