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December 19, 2015 at 10:32 by Leach Lewis




Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks is committed to giving the best customer service possible and to this end we note below the arrangements for the upcoming holiday period.

At a time when many machines will return to their home base you may find that one or more rubber tracks need replacing. We will be able to arrange despatch between Christmas and New Year for you if you follow the following.

Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd Normal service with same day and next day delivery available. Call 0845 009 7444 or visit www.llrt.co.uk

Thursday 24th Emergency orders only for delivery 28th to 30th. Call 0845 009 7444

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th Closed.

Monday 28th to Sunday 3rd Emergency orders only for delivery within 48 hours. Call 0845 009 7444

Monday 4th Normal service resumes at 0800.

November 7, 2015 at 8:40 by Leach Lewis



Leach Lewis stocks an extensive range of heavy duty rubber track pads, in 3 types, for steel tracked excavators from 3 to 30 tonnes.

Our pads are suitable for most commonly used tracked excavators from leading brands including, CAT, JCB, Komatsu, Volvo, Liebherr, Hitachi, Doosan, Kobelco, Hyundai, Case and many more.

Fitting rubber pads to your steel tracked excavator significantly increases versatility and utilisation and it is the perfect solution for using heavy equipment on finished asphalt, concrete and blocked surfaces without causing damage.

Leach Lewis heavy duty rubber track pads are available in 3 types, clip-on pads, city pads and bolt-on pads, each suitable for different applications and duration of use.

  1. Clip-on pads are designed for tracks without pre-drilled holes these pads are quick and easy to attach and remove. They transform a machine’s performance on hard standing.
  2. City pads are designed to be bolted directly to the track chain not to the track plate. They allow large machines to work on hard surfaces, including asphalt, concrete and blocked surfaces, without causing undo damage.
  3. Bolt-on pads are designed for tracks with pre-drilled holes bolt-on pads have several advantages over the clip-on type notably that they do not add to the width of the machine or overhang the track making them suitable for working up to kerbs.

Our rubber pads have been developed to provide superior quality and performance because we work directly with the manufacturers. Bespoke pads are available, talk to our experts!

The many benefits of Leach Lewis pads include:

  1. Increases machine versatility and utilisation
  2. Quality and durability
  3. Perfect solution to protect roads and other finished surfaces
  4. Give a quieter and smoother ride
  5. Use your existing equipment in new opportunities
  6. Increased flotation due to reduced ground bearing pressure
  7. Bespoke pads available

November 5, 2015 at 8:53 by Leach Lewis


Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks joined 5 other leading suppliers as a gold sponsor at this week’s CPA Annual Conference. Over 200 delegates from the UK’s plant hire industry attended the days event held at Wyboston Lakes near Cambridge. The Conference was convened, in sartorial style, by Earthmovers Magazine’s Graham Black and speakers included Glyn Matthews from Speedy Hire, Martin Frank from Volvo and Phil Ellis from Highways England.

The general outlook for the industry is positive with large Government infrastructure investments in the pipeline for road, rail and energy.

The industry is concerned with employment, capacity planning, the adoption of new technology in the context of BIM and environmental issues.

The Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks exhibition space generated interest amongst many delegates and in particular the unique environmentally sound recycling service offered by Leach Lewis Rubber tracks.

Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks hold stock of over 3,000 rubber tracks for over 4,000 machine models including for JCB, Kubota, Bobcat, Takeuchi and Case.

Uniquely Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks offer a same day or next day delivery option for over 80% of the UK and even a collection option for their 3 strategically located warehouses.



November 2, 2015 at 14:59 by Leach Lewis


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At a time when disposing of old rubber tracks is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks is promoting its track recycling service at the 2015 CPA Conference, The Future of Construction Plant Hire, held on November 4th.

Disposing of rubber tracks in Landfill has become increasingly difficult and expensive and illegal disposal, burying tracks or fly tipping, is a serious crime and opens companies to hefty fines and negative publicity. Leach Lewis Rubber Tracks has come up with a viable and cost effective solution. For a small feel Leach Lewis will ensure that tracks are completely recycled in a dedicated facility using the power of water.

In conjunction with their partners, Beccles based engineering company Aquablast, Leach Lewis has developed a unique patented water jet process that can recycle rubber tracks efficiently and cost effectively. Water jets, operating at over 55,000 psi, are used to break down the hard rubber compounds into granules or powder and to separate and clean the steel track segments and the spiral steel core.

The unique process, which maximizes recovery, is 100% environmentally friendly with no emissions, no chemicals and no fire risk. Steel track segments are recovered completely undamaged and spotlessly clean. The recovered steel is sold for recycling into products for the construction industry. The process generates totally wire-free and rubber granules or a fine powder smaller than 1.5mm in diameter with the majority of material lying in the 0.5-1.0mm size range making it suitable for a wide range of re-moulding, re-manufacturing or devulcanisation processes. The licensed and certified process provides a complete audit trail and it’s supported by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the EU Enviro Life Fund.

This new service meets a true customer need according to GAP Groups’ Ken Stewart, “Leach Lewis’s ability to recycle our used tracks, improving our sustainable waste management, part of our ‘Green Action Plan’ is a very important purchasing consideration”.

More details at www.llrt.co.uk/recycling/


October 2, 2015 at 9:08 by Leach Lewis


Leading business title Construction Plant News recently published this useful track care guide that can help save machine owners and operators money!

The guide was prepared by Leach Lewis’s track experts and national plant hirer GAP Group.

August 22, 2015 at 7:53 by Leach Lewis

- UKPT cover GAP Hire Solutions story on-line -

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Popular construction technology web site UKPT has covered our story about our long term relationship with leading hirer GAP Hire Solutions.

You can read the full story here!

August 16, 2015 at 9:20 by Leach Lewis

- 5 Green Trends in the Construction Industry -

The construction industry has taken safety seriously for many years and the result has been a significant drop in accidents and deaths. The big trend now is taking positive steps to reduce the environmental impact. Leading equipment manufacturers and responsible aftermarket suppliers are working hard to improve and adapt their products to make them more environmentally friendly. There are 5 top trends in the “greening” of heavy construction equipment*.

  1. Reusing and recycling

“Most manufacturers have set up rebuilding operations for components or sometimes for whole machines. Under certain programmes, a dealer can take back a used machine, replace its old components, repaint it and sell it with a serial number that designates it as remanufactured. That’s one way of recycling.”

Leach Lewis is unique in the replacement rubber tracks aftermarket because it can offer a viable and cost effective recycling solution. More details here!

  1. Reducing waste

“On-board computers that measure engine usage are becoming increasingly common. When an operator has a pause in his work and is just sitting there idling, the on-board computer automatically reduces the engine speed to idle. This saves fuel, emissions and money.”

  1. Cleaning up Diesel fuels

“The new regulations for diesel emissions in Europe and in the USA mean that engine manufacturers have dramatically reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide and soot. The downside is that the machines with the new filters and other redesigns may cost 25% more.

  1. Using more renewables

“Particularly in Europe, there has been a shift toward using hydraulic fluids made from renewable sources such as soybean and rapeseed oils. Most manufacturers have come out with non-petroleum oils that still meet all requirements for wear and tear.”

  1. Lowering CO² emissions

“Manufacturers are introducing hybrid machines that use batteries to save the engine from powering parts of the operating cycle. Also, some manufacturers are experimenting with smaller-than-normal engines that power a generator. The result is significant reduction of fuel consumption, resulting in a lot less carbon emissions.”

*Described here above by Frank Manfredi, publisher of Machinery Outlook.