Let’s be clear on one thing and face the reality – heavy equipment does not come for a flimsy price. They are expensive and when you decide to invest on something as expensive as a fleet of heavy construction equipment, it is important that you take all the necessary measures to increase its life. If you want to see great returns, you must follow these maintenance tips.
Maintenance is the very basic of all the necessary measures that you need to take in order to take care of your heavy equipment. Usually owners think that hiring trained professionals and installing one or two anti-theft protocols would do the job. That will not! Here is what you need to do.
Heavy construction equipment often has to work in extreme working conditions and environment such as dust storm, dirt and mud. Hence, it requires a regular cleaning routine in order to keep its appearance as well as function proper. In fact, dirt and dust can damage the machinery and engine. Therefore, cleaning is a must.
- Engine Oil Changing:
Changing the engine oil is one of the most important maintenance factors that you need to keep in mind. Engine oil loses its liquidity and becomes like sludge with time. This is because the engine oil accumulates the carbon and other elements from the engine and reduces the chances of explosion as well as the heat that is generated from friction of the engine. Hence, to make sure that the engine is in complete working condition, the engine oil is important. The instruction manual always guides you about how frequently the engine oil needs to be changed.
Servicing the heavy equipment regularly is crucial. Changing the damaged parts and replacing them with new ones in case any of the parts loses its functionality, are some of the most important maintenance tasks that you need to do.
- Check for Leaks:
Leaks are possible in the heavy construction equipment. Always check for the leaks from the valves. If any, have them repaired at once.
- Check Tires and Axles:
Since the heavy equipment works on mud, dust and dirt, the tires and axles can get damaged. If they stop working, the machine will not move. Hence, they need to be checked regularly.
- Monitor Usage:
Overuse of the machine is one of the main reasons that the equipment becomes wearied. That is why, it is important that you keep an eye on the usage.
- Safety Training:
Just as hiring professional workers and heavy equipment operators is important, it is equally important that you have your operators go through safety training. This will help the operators to operate the equipment safely and thus, the longevity will be increased.
If you follow these maintenance tips, it will surely help your heavy equipment to be operating for long. The owner must always keep in mind that maintaining heavy equipment and its functionality is less expensive than repairing its damages, once done. Hence, it is a must that you take your heavy equipment to professional service centres.
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