Keeping your heavy duty equipment in shape is vital. A breakdown can stall important projects from completion or delay the transportation schedule. Industries and businesses cannot afford the delays required for fixing broken equipment. Here are some tips to maintain heavy duty equipment, prevent wear and tear and increase longevity.
Don’t overwork the equipment
The purchase of brand new heavy duty equipment is exciting. But to overwork your equipment is never a good idea. The accumulated wear and tear undergone by the machine will show in the future. Although built for toughness even heavy duty equipment has its limitations. Eventually every machine is bound to fail. However, the time it takes for a machine to fall apart is within your hands. Ask your equipment dealer the amount of work your machine can handle.
Regularly lubricate the equipment
Heavy duty equipment is under constant strain due to the tasks it’s meant to perform. Friction between the moving parts of the machine may rapidly deteriorate its condition. If this continues long enough, the accumulated wear and tear is going to break the machine down. Lubricate your machine periodically, to reduce the wear and tear caused by friction between the moving parts of the machine.
Keep it safe from the elements
Rust spells death for any machinery made up of iron. If the protective coating of heavy duty machinery chips off it will be defenseless against the elements. Places that have extreme weather conditions are also detrimental to the longevity of heavy duty equipment. Heat and cold may cause the moving parts to expand or contract irregularly and damage the equipment. Protect your equipment from the ravages of the environment by storing it in a garage.
Clean your machine daily
Earth moving equipment needs to be cleaned daily to remove solid particles that collect between moving parts. These particles eventually accumulate between moving parts, causing blockages in the equipment. These particles may also weigh down the equipment. This causes the machine to burn more fuel to perform the same task and costs you money.
Use your equipment properly
Improper handling of heavy duty equipment can bring about their end before their time. Equipment that is used by untrained workers, suffer the most. If you wish to maintain your equipment learn how to use it properly. Heavy duty equipment used for ill suited tasks immediately show signs of protest.
Go for regular checkups
Preventative maintenance checkups of heavy duty equipment should not be ignored. This can save you from the downtime involved in surprise breakdowns of equipment. Regular check ups tell you the condition your equipment is in. They also tell you what you’re doing wrong regarding the handling of your equipment. The added benefit is that you can nip any issues in the bud.
These tips should be followed religiously to increase the longevity of your equipment. Heavy duty equipment should be cared for just like your other belongings. Heavy Duty Direct offers many more helpful tips on our blog page.
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