Tips for Maintaining Heavy Machinery

Man working on maintaining heavy machinery

Heavy machinery isn’t cheap, and it can be a big liability for a company to replace damaged equipment. A construction business depends on the quality of its tools, from small construction equipment through to heavy-duty machines. It is essential that these assets are routinely taken care of and repaired, but the best way to avoid the costs or repair or replacement is simply to look after your equipment. Here are a few maintenance tips to prolong the lifespan of your machines and equipment.

1. Clean Your Equipment

During any job, construction machines and tools are inevitably going to get dirty. Routinely cleaning your equipment after every job will increase its durability. The more time you invest in cleaning your equipment, the longer the lifespan of your equipment, and the best way of ensuring that your equipment is always clean is to keep a cleaning schedule that your staff can easily adhere to and keep track of.

2. Train Your Operators Well

If you are a construction business owner, you want to train your employees to be careful and care for your machinery, and to be mindful of the way in which equipment is handled. Knowing how to operate a tool is different from knowing how to maintain it, so even if your employees are fully certified, you should offer maintenance advice to your staff as well.

3. Secure Your Equipment Properly

Leaving your machinery outside and exposed to the elements between or during jobs is one of the fastest ways to increase wear and tear. Store your assets in a warehouse to keep them safe from the sunlight which can cause parts to perish and fade. The other elements can also cause damage to your equipment. Covering machinery with a tarpaulin or covers is also a good idea, as this will help keep them free of any dust or dirt.

4. Regularly Lubricate and Polish

Lubricating all your equipment daily will make it less vulnerable to wear and damage during use. Pay particular attention to the diagram showing the location of all the grease points as some can be easily overlooked. Again, the more you invest in looking after your equipment with practices such as greasing, the longer their lifespan.

5. Regularly Inspect Your Machinery

Performing regular inspections on your machinery is the best way to spot any faulty parts that could potentially break down during of a job. During any inspection, you should always be attentive to the electrical components of the machine, as they are generally the most temperamental; ensure that all the electrical wiring is dry and secure. You should also be on the lookout for any leaks or other damage in the machine’s components.

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