The expression “Leave well enough alone” works great in a lot of scenarios. But when it comes to maintaining construction equipment, it’s not a good approach. Make time to do basic and preventative maintenance tasks on your company’s construction equipment. It actually means money in your pocket. After all, if the machinery is broken or needs to be serviced, it costs time and money. Spending excess time and money are definite budget breakers for the bottom line!
A daily perusal of your construction equipment may suffice for surface-level issues. However, you must do preventative maintenance if you want to keep everything on the job site moving forward smoothly.
Construction Equipment Routine and Preventative Maintenance
Routinely inspecting your work equipment make preventative maintenance easy. This routine inspection should include checking the oil, noting any dents to the equipment, ensuring any technical features are working, and ensuring the equipment’s parts are cleaned and moving smoothly.
Common Construction Equipment Maintenance Tasks
- Filters– Most equipment being used has a filter of some sort. Whether the filter is for the airflow, oil, fuel, or hydraulics, it needs to be changed eventually. Know what type of filter is required for each piece of equipment used.
- Lubricants– Want your machinery to work smoothly and consistently? Lubricate all moving parts as prescribed by the vehicle’s manufacturer. A synthetic oil such as those from AMSOIL make a big difference in your machinery’s effectiveness and efficiency.
- Coolant – At least once a year, check the coolant. Top it off when it gets low, but have it professionally checked to identify internal issues that may need to be addressed.
- Fluids – Like your car, it is vital that construction equipment has the proper fluid level, so the engine works smoothly. From transmission fluid to hydraulic oil, to engine coolant and oil, maintain levels per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Add to the longevity of your machinery. Visit Lifetime Oil and choose AMSOIL products best for your construction equipment.
- Brakes – Be sure the brakes are in prime working order. Be able to stop quickly and safely, so check the brake fluids, cables, pads, shoes, drum, and discs.
- Belts – Belts fray, wear down, and become slack. This causes equipment failure. Replace them at the first sign of damage or discoloration.
- Windshield – Note any cracks or dings to the windshield. Repair damaged windshields ASAP for safety reasons.
- Tracks and Tires – If the equipment has tires, inspect them for wear, tread depth, pressure, and balance. If it has rollers, check the condition of treads, cleats, and idlers.
- Battery – Make time to see that the battery is checked monthly for its voltage retention, acid ratio, and the condition of the cables and terminals.
Saving money is a deliberate and conscious management decision. Repairing heavy equipment costs a lot. Consequently, repair costs affect your profitability. In order to enhance your bottom line, cut costs wherever you can. One way to do it effortlessly is by opening an AMSOIL Commercial Account.
Your AMSOIL Commercial Account saves you 25% off of retail pricing. Additionally, your company saves on shipping costs by getting free delivery on qualifying orders. AMSOIL produces 100% synthetic oils and lubricants including hydraulic oil, engine oil, greases, additives, and other lubricating fluids. By one-stop shopping at wholesale prices with your commercial account, the savings add up quickly. Likewise, AMSOIL products extend the drain interval between oil changes. “Fewer oil changes” means less vehicle maintenance out-of-service time and less product consumption.
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Preventative maintenance accomplishes more than finishing a job on schedule. It also increases your workers’ safety on the job. Likewise, it lowers the risk of litigation due to faulty equipment or missing deadlines. And to be sure, it extends the life of the construction equipment. These are worthwhile benefits!
Stay ahead of tasks such as oil changes, tire replacement or repair, and preventive maintenance service calls. Adhere to your manufacturer’s specifications. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”