Compact track loader idlers aren’t the first thing you notice when you look at a Bobcat T320 compact track loader but without them, this marvel of modern engineering wouldn’t make it out of the showroom. The idlers regulate the tension that’s brought to bear on the track and it’s that tension that establishes the relationship between the track and the terrain. The right tension means living is easy, the wrong tension and you could be in for a long day of poor performance and dangerous footings. Old worn out idlers also gnaw at the track instead of simply passing it on to the rollers. This gnawing will eventually eat away at the track and lead to track failure.
If your compact track loader idlers are worn or damaged it’s imperative that you replace them ASAP with this aftermarket Bobcat T320 rear idler. Though a worn idler might not advertise its presence you can keep an eye on the state of your compact track loader idlers by conducting periodic examinations of the undercarriage. If the idler has seen better days or if you notice damage to the track where it contacts the idler it’s time to replace it so as to prevent problems that might rear their head when you’re on the job.