Heavy equipment is a serious investment. Protect it to the best of your abilities. Efficiently managing and regularly maintaining the construction equipment is a must in order to extend its life expectancy and get the most out of your investment. Following, we share a few tips that will help you.
1. Follow the Basics
Heavy Equipment Storage is always a challenge. When it comes to storing diesel fuel, coolants, etc., you don’t want water, dust or debris anywhere close. These contaminants will degrade your equipment’s structural integrity and lead to technical issues.
When it comes to storing your equipment, you need to follow standard storage procedure and take extra care when handling fuel, oil, and fluids. Storing your equipment properly is an important aspect of maintenance. Store in a dry area when not in use. Doing this keeps the effects of damp weather and rust at bay.
Get some covers for storage. It will protect your equipment even if it is exposed to weather elements for a long time.
2. Monitor the Equipment
Despite the different types of equipment or their many functions, they all share similarities. The need for regular repair is among these similarities. Inspect regularly for these signs:
- Hairline Cracks along Welds and Frame
- Dirty Air Filters
- Low Oil and Coolant Levels
- Wear on Tracks, Tires, and Tread
- Bad Grease Fittings
- Cracks in Windshield
If you find such issues, deal with them right away, even if costly. This will avoid severe problems in the long term.
3. Set Your Own Guidelines and Rules
When it comes to equipment maintenance, do your research by reading online guides, manufacturer’s manuals, etc. Practice what you learn, and discover new things along the way. Introduce new practices based on your experience of equipment maintenance and management.
Set your own rules and guidelines. This will improve the efficiency of your efforts and make it easier to maintain your equipment.
4. Be Consistent
If you want to succeed, routine is key. This is true for every aspect of life. You have to be consistent in your efforts. If you are not regularly inspecting your equipment, you won’t notice subtle differences. Schedule regular maintenance. It is just as important as regular inspection.
Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations – no one knows the equipment better than they. They help you in every way, from how to use the equipment to how often you should take them for maintenance or replacement.
If they say you should take the equipment for maintenance every six months, don’t extend this period. Take your equipment out on maintenance regularly. If you don’t, the equipment will break down sooner or later.
5. Get Professional Help
It’s good if you can take care of maintenance yourself. But if you want optimal results and to extend the life expectancy of your equipment, hire professional help. You have to hire or sign a contract with a professional service. They will make sure your equipment stays in top-notch condition. And pay attention to weight limits and other recommendations. It will save your skin.