How To Maintain Construction Equipment

How To Maintain Construction Equipment

Whether a person is buying construction equipment brand new or gently used, proper maintenance is needed to extend its life as much as possible. No one wants to be forced to buy replacement equipment after just a few years.

The best way to keep everything in working order? Regular maintenance. Below are a few important things to keep a watchful eye on to ensure that construction equipment stays serviceable and looking as close to new as possible.

Keep Accurate Records

Just like a car or truck, regular service checkups are needed for heavy construction equipment. Make sure to keep accurate records all the time so that time doesn’t get away. Even if nothing is wrong with the equipment, preventative care can go a long way towards extending its life.

Lubricate regularly

Construction equipment is in constant use, and with so many moving parts, it’s essential to keep everything properly lubricated. Engines, motors, loader attachments and more connected to construction equipment need the same, if not more lubrication than a typical car or truck.

Protect important electrical wiring and components

A lot of people are forced to store construction equipment outdoors. While they are built to handle the elements, it is necessary to protect all the important electrical wiring and components as much as possible. During extended storage, adding an extra layer of protection can be a difference-maker. Something as simple as a tarp can do the trick in many cases.

Keep everything aligned

Alignment is huge in construction, but it is easy to mess equipment up when dealing with different types of sites. Some construction sites can have extremely rough terrain, so make sure all alignment issues are fixed before they get too out of hand.

Examine equipment for any small leaks, cracks or more

A tiny issue on a big piece of equipment might not seem like much at first, but it can get out of hand if not dealt with early on. It’s worth checking everything out before using the equipment for the first time in a while. Maybe a new crack or leak has formed while it is sitting around. A small repair now can prevent a huge repair later.

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