Thursday, August 22, 2019

Excavator Track Maintenance: Get The Most Out Of Your Excavator Tracks

"The key to achieving optimal results in construction is to choose the right equipment and protect it with regular maintenance and care," said Jesse Pettit of Durante Rentals.

Use The Right Tracks

Jesse points out, "New tracks can retail anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 so it is important to keep your project in mind when choosing excavator tracks."

Always consider the environment you will be working in. Firmer ground like hard packed soil or rocky terrain calls for a narrower track width or “shoe width”. However, muddy or soft ground will require a wider shoe width for even weight distribution and to keep your machine from sinking.

TB1140 Takeuchi Excavator on tarmac

Drive Smarter

 Drive smarter and extend the life of your tracks.
  • Do not drive over sharp / damaging materials
  • Do not drive over curbs
  • Avoid steep inclines / declines when possible
  • Always look forward (face your drive motor towards the back of your machine)
  • Avoid driving over chemicals, salt, oil, etc.
  • Avoid overly sharp turns
  • Minimize time on abrasive materials like concrete or asphalt

Takeuchi TB240 Excavator digging on construction site

Keeping these best-practices in mind will help prevent undue stress on your machine while extending the life of your tracks.

Keep Your Tracks Clean and Maintain Your Equipment

“Tracks should be cleaned of dirt and debris with a track spade or power washer after each use. If you skip this quick step, debris sitting on your tracks can eventually cause premature wear. After enough dirt accumulates, the added weight can also negatively effect your gas mileage. In the winter, frozen dirt can rub on the bolts, loosen the guiding and seize the rollers. When our rental machines come back, the first thing we do is make sure they are thoroughly cleaned,” says Jesse.

Man cleans mud out off Takeuchi excavator track

Regularly check the undercarriage of your machine for wear and tear. Worn sprockets, oil leaks, projecting bolts, or worn out rollers can seriously damage your tracks. Small cuts in a track will have little effect, but serious cuts/cracks can reflect damage to the cords. A deep cut will allow moisture into your cords, seriously shortening the life of your tracks.

Make sure to check track tension regularly. Loose tracks can damage your undercarriage and cause your tracks to slip off your machine while overly tight tracks can lead to serious performance issues.

Proper Storage

Try not to store your tracks in direct sunlight over long periods of time. Ideally, tracks should be stored in a dry, cool environment. If you know you your machine will be sitting for a while, make sure you take it for a spin every two weeks or so to prevent the tracks from warping.

Take Care While Installing New Tracks

"Be careful if installing new tracks yourself. Better yet, have a professional do it for you," says Jesse. Improper installation can damage your rollers or crack the track. If you still think you'd rather do it yourself, make sure you wear the correct safety gear, including boots, gloves, and safety glasses. As always, it’s best practice to take a few moments and familiarize yourself with both the operators and service manuals.

Man changes a track on a Takeuchi Excavator

TECH TIP: Always replace both tracks simultaneously. Matching worn components with new components can considerably shorten their lifespan.

For questions, or to learn about what kind of excavator is right for you, call 1-800-DURANTE or check our mini excavator page here.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Durante Rentals Makes the Inc. 5000 List for Seventh Straight Year


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Durante Rentals Makes the Inc. 5000 List for Seventh Straight Year

Three-year sales growth of 133% places them at #2823 on the 2019 list


Mt. Vernon, NY - August 16th, 2019 – Westchester-based Durante Rentals, with ten locations throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, has been selected to Inc. Magazine’s exclusive list of 5000 of America’s fastest-growing private companies – The Inc. 5000.

Durante’s three-year sales growth of 133% and $37.1 million in annual revenue places them at #2823 on the 2019 list, the 38th annual. This is Durante Rentals seventh straight year on the list making them an Inc. 5000 Hall of Fame Honoree. Their seventh appearance on the list is a feat accomplished by a meager 1.5% of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied for the honor. In fact, only a very small fraction make the list more than once.

Thank you to an awesome team for making Durante Rentals one of the fastest growing rental companies in the world,” said Co-Founder and CEO Anthony Durante. “Acquisitions, in addition to our turbo-charged organic growth, should keep us on this list for years to come. It’s been quite a journey since opening the doors at the bottom of the recession in 2009 and the journey continues as we pursue our goal of renting quality equipment and offering superior service to an area beyond our current footprint,” said Anthony.

As a member of the prestigious list since 2013, Durante’s previous rankings were #2195 in 2018, #1476 in 2017, #1643 in 2016, #1869 in 2015, #2098 in 2014, and #1879 in 2013.

Durante Rentals joins some familiar faces on this year’s list such as fellow ARA members Triple E Equipment (#1297) and Point of Rental Software (#3837). Notable alumni include Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Zillow.

The 2019 Inc. 5000 winners achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 157.4% with a median 2018 revenue of $47.5 million. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.


About Durante Rentals

Founded in 2009, Durante Rentals is the most dependable name in construction equipment rentals with locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Brewster, Carmel, Elmsford, Flushing, Mt. Vernon, West Nyack, Danbury, CT and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Contractors look to Durante for all their construction equipment needs including telehandlers, scissor lifts, generators, boom lifts, conveyors, track loaders, skid steers, ride-on rollers, forklifts and more. Durante Rentals services all five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Rockland County, Putnam County, Connecticut and New Jersey.  For more information about Durante Rentals, visit www.duranterentals.com or call 1-800-DURANTE.

About Inc. Magazine and the Inc. 5000 List

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, Inc’s nationally-recognized list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders.


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