A combination of a highly productive lifecycle with low total cost of ownership, can make your heavy machinery offer somewhat greater return on investment. Essentially, this involves taking all the necessary steps to ensure that your machine is kept in optimal condition through consistent and high quality maintenance. As much as the longevity of most off-road equipment, such as crawler excavators, articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and wheel loaders is greatly impacted by a wide range of variables, you can control most of the outcomes by following the right operation and tending to the right maintenance.
Ideally, you can improve the operating efficiencies and extend the lifecycle by focusing on the following fundamental tips for ensuring proper heavy equipment maintenance.
Tip #1: Adhere to a maintenance schedule
Following a routine maintenance schedule is actually one of the best tricks to help you stay on top of your heavy machinery maintenance, particularly if you own a fleet of several vehicles. For instance, each machine must be inspected at regular intervals from the time of purchase using a maintenance schedule that ensures that hydraulic components articulate perfectly with other moving parts.
Also, your routine maintenance schedule should include visual inspection of the tires for wear, tracks for excess play, and tests on electrical systems to ensure that they are working properly. For instance, in the case of ADTs proper lubrication of expensive components on a daily basis can be hugely beneficial. To minimize guesswork, a fleet maintenance system can help in tracking maintenance intervals for your heavy machinery. However, you can adjust maintenance intervals for special conditions.
Tip #2: Use a common maintenance technician or manufacturer
Maintenance mistakes associated with incorrect diagnoses can greatly reduce if you maintain your equipment using a common maintenance service provider or manufacturer. This can be attributed to the fact that maintenance technicians will master maintenance tasks and repairs with the equipment more easily. Being able to keep up with advances in design is one of the biggest benefits of converting to a limited number of manufacturers, although it may take a long time for it to complete.
Tip #3: Select a machine properly
The type of heavy machinery you select should match the type of work the machine is intended to perform. For instance, if you would like to clear debris, perform demolition or stabilize base material, then wheel loaders should be selected for their durability. Poor selection of equipment can lead to regular component breakdown. Also, you need to understand how geographic differences affect different machines, for instance, a machine that will be exposed to salty water must have a lubrication system.
Tip #4: Avoid excessive power and overloading
Operators who are well-trained on the operation of different optimum power modes should establish machine limits that deliver adequate power for their operation. Actually, this is a pretty useful idea that not only protects your machine’s structural components and engine from stress, but also maximizes its productivity. While you might make short term gains by over loading your heavy machinery, it might result shorter machine life and higher repair costs. Ideally, consequences of pushing your heavy equipment beyond rated capacities can result in damage of expensive components.
Peter is a passionate blogger and works as a supplier of heavy machinery including earthmoving equipment for the construction and mining industries.