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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Re: Case 310 crawler track tension

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09-30-2013 07:11:59

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The originals were fine thread, the new ones are course. These come apart hard after 50 years I got mad at mine and simply cut and welded the new rods on after the plate. I know I know it's gin-rigging but works fine after many hours skidding in the woods.

I had my adjusters completely apart 17 years ago and they came apart hard with lots of heating and packed in dirt from many years of use. I had to re-thread the fine threaded bolt holes on the track frames also. PITA!

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10-01-2013 06:20:52

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to Kaiser, 09-30-2013 07:11:59  
PITA? You welded the new threaded rod onto the round plate at the front of the spring housing--is that where you welded it?

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10-01-2013 13:11:57

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to 400Case, 10-01-2013 06:20:52  
Yes, It can always be torched apart later simply by cutting the bolt head off the opposite end of the track tensioner. Just be careful of the spring tension. I know it's NOT the correct way to replace the rod.

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10-01-2013 16:00:58

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to Kaiser, 10-01-2013 13:11:57  
As I look at it, it appears that it would be easier to replace the tension bold by removing the sprocket and pulling the bolt out the rear of the spring housing. I would have to cut off that cover over the bolt head and weld that back on later. That appears easier than removing those 8 old bolts that the spring housing is mounted with.

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10-02-2013 04:41:33

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to 400Case, 10-01-2013 16:00:58  
If you are going to go that route why not just do it correctly and pull the tensioner assy's?

Worst case scenario would be that you break the bolts that hold the tensioners to the track frames and have to heat them to remove. When I did mine 17 years ago I used an impact gun and never broke one.

Good luck these are a fun machine when all fixed and running although a bit small for big jobs.

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10-02-2013 05:19:19

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to Kaiser, 10-02-2013 04:41:33  
I must have misunderstood you. I got the impression you had trouble getting the 8 bolts off so you cut and welded the threaded rod on instead. I am glad to hear you were able to take the tensioner off

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10-02-2013 05:25:48

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to 400Case, 10-02-2013 05:19:19  
Is there a special tool to pull the track back together to put in the master pin after I break the track? Or by backing off track tension is there enough slack?

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10-02-2013 20:50:47

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 Re: Case 310 crawler track tension in reply to 400Case, 10-02-2013 05:25:48  
If you need a distributor for a 310 case
I have one, they are hard to come by,
I bought 2 of them for my 310 Case a few years ago
and no longer need it as I sold the machine.

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