Heavy equipment is one of the most expensive investments for builders, so proper maintenance of such equipment is vital for the investment to be successful. The care of the equipment leads to an increase in production and profit for individual construction works. If your equipment fails, this could significantly stop or delay work for an entire construction site, which could cost thousands or even millions of euros.Establishing a maintenance schedule for your equipment is an easy way to protect your investment and avoid costly damage. By developing and implementing a preventive maintenance routine, you can not only extend the life of your equipment, but you can save time and money.
Implement a maintenance plan
The first and perhaps most important step is to establish a routine for inspection and maintenance of equipment. Each piece of equipment must be inspected daily to monitor various indices such as fluid levels, proper tire swelling, loose, cracked or missing teeth on machine buckets. Various routine maintenance activities, such as oil changes or new brakes, should be performed according to the manufacturer’s specifications and scheduled in advance. Thus, you will be able to organize your work much better knowing which machines will be inspected in certain periods, and the activity will not be interrupted due to spontaneous failures, thus increasing productivity.
You will also need to consider the environmental conditions in which you use your machines. If the machine is used in harsh conditions, for example in a dusty environment, you will need to change the air filters more frequently.
Keeping the equipment clean should be another important part of routine maintenance that can help extend the life of your machines and prevent corrosion. Ideally, this should be done with daily checks such as those listed above.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
Maintaining your construction equipment requires more than just following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. It is also important to take care of your machine while using it. One way you can reduce the risk of damage is by following the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to using the equipment.
Each component of heavy construction machinery has been designed with a specific functionality in mind and has also been designed for use with certain accessories and parts. When operators use equipment in work for which they were not designed, repair it using improper parts, or use attachments that do not fit, they may damage the equipment used. To keep the machine fleet in good working order, you need to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how to use and repair the equipment – including recommendations for parts to be purchased.
It should be noted that most machines are manufactured to lift and carry a certain weight, and operators should be aware of these limits. Ignoring the performance specifications and limitations of a particular piece of equipment can compromise its efficiency and ultimately lead to equipment failures that can endanger workers. Failure to comply with load weight limits and other specifications can contribute to both mechanical and safety issues.