Veteran users of heavy duty equipment know that preventative maintenance is essential for keeping their equipment in shape. Like any other asset, heavy duty equipment needs to be tended to regularly and carefully. Avoid these common mistakes in equipment maintenance so that they do not lose their edge over time.
Equipment Maintenance is not an Expense
Rather think of equipment maintenance as a long term investment. Those who continue to invest in equipment maintenance spend less on replacing damaged or worn out components. Well maintained equipment doesnâ€™t lose as much efficiency over the years as it otherwise would have. This saves you quite a bit of money.
Be More Involved in Equipment Maintenance
Asking questions and keeping records of your maintenance checkups goes a long way in preventative maintenance. Service station engineers often offer valuable advice on how to handle your equipment better. Manufacturers know all kinds of interesting things about your equipment that youâ€™d never have guessed.
Make the Most Out of Telematics
You can better manage your equipment maintenance schedule with telematics. Knowing your kilometers driven, engine hours, and fuel consumed is valuable data that can make preventative maintenance more efficient. Make use of this data so you only need to hit the service station when necessary.
Donâ€™t Miss Out on a Check Up
Just because your equipment doesnâ€™t show signs of wear and tear on the surface, doesnâ€™t mean you should skip a checkup. Pinching those pennies will cost you dearly in the future. Heavy duty equipment needs to be regularly maintained to make sure its components stay in working order. Neglecting to do your checkups may lead to some damage being overlooked.
You Donâ€™t Just Spect to Impress
The argument for speccing your equipment is simply to increase its longevity. Heavy duty equipment that works in harsh environments can lose a considerable amount of its efficiency. You donâ€™t need to go overboard with your specs just get enough so that your equipment can survive everyday work stress. Share information with your manufacturer on your machine working conditions, so they can give u advice on the specs you require.
Improvise you maintenance schedule
If you manage multiple pieces of heavy duty equipment it is likely that a uniform maintenance schedule is not going to cut it. Different types of equipment have different requirements and capacities for work. Improvising the maintenance schedule to fit their individual needs is a more effective approach at preventative maintenance.
Set your own standards for equipment maintenance
You know best how much work your heavy duty equipment does. Forget about manufacturer prescribed maintenance checkups and plan out your own schedule. Base your maintenance schedule on equipment usage and you can save costs on unnecessary maintenance bills.
Treating you equipment like an asset can be helpful in taking steps towards preventative maintenance. Heavy duty equipment is not just a tool that gets the job done but also the means of livelihood. Check out Heavy Duty Directs blog posts for more helpful tips on management of heavy duty equipment.