How to maintain your heavy duty equipment
Heavy duty equipment usually involves large vehicles performing heavy duty tasks, mostly in the construction or mining industries. These machines are very expensive and indispensable to the jobs they perform. They cannot be replaced by humans, only by other expensive heavy duty machines.
While there is a wide variety of machines in this category, they might all operate differently. But when it comes to looking after them, and ensuring these expensive assets enjoy the kind of longevity that their price demands, the process is similar for all. We look at some ways of caring for your heavy duty equipment.
A very basic but critical element of looking after your equipment is keeping them clean, or at least as clean as possible. This is quite challenging as the very nature of their work often revolves around moving earth and soil, excavating, and working in the dirtiest of places. So while these machines can certainly handle the dirt, it’s advisable to still keep them as clean as you can to avoid any dirt build up in their moveable parts. At the end of each day rinse them off, clean the critical areas and make sure you use some sort of lubrication to keep their parts well oiled. Doing this every day might take an extra 20 minutes but could land up adding years to your equipment’s life and ensuring their efficient day-to-day functioning.
In addition to keeping them clean, make sure your equipment is serviced on a regular basis. This will keep them in top condition, catch any problems before they become serious and replace any parts before they start causing trouble. These machines are hard workers, and they take a lot of strain. By servicing them regularly you can check for any issues that might cause any damage or even injury if not looked after properly. Servicing will also ensure they keep working in as efficient a manner as possible.
Pay attention to wear and tear
Pay attention now and you’ll pay less cash later. Machines are expensive by nature and can be costly to fix, but if you pick up small problems early and deal with them immediately they won’t turn into expensive nightmares at a later date. By doing regular checks on your equipment and sorting out any wear and tear when it happens, these relatively minor issues won’t deteriorate into major problems, causing additional hassles with other parts of your equipment. Make checking equipment a routine part of the operator’s job and sort those problems earlier rather than later.
Train your operators
Operating heavy duty equipment is not for everyone. Only licensed and qualified operators should be operating this huge machinery, and this is not just a legal requirement. Even if your operators are licensed and qualified you need to make sure they know how to operate the equipment, and insist on additional training if need be. This is critical to the wellbeing of your equipment and the safety of the employees on site. Do not let anyone operate heavy duty equipment without you being 100% sure they can do the job.
Keep them covered
This is not always practical but if you can cover your equipment at night or when not in use do so. Covering them with a tarpaulin or keeping keep them in a warehouse will go a long way to making sure their parts don‘t rust and that sand and dust don’t creep into those tiny trouble-causing spaces. If you can protect your equipment at all from harsh weather conditions, you should.
There you have it – it’s pretty simple, but if you follow some basic rules and protocols when it comes to maintaining your equipment, your most valuable moveable assets can enjoy an extended workable lifespan, saving you time, stress and money in the long run.
If you need more information or maintaining your equipment contact your local specialists.