It’s impossible to think of construction and not think about all the work that needs to be done – and the heavy machinery that is required to do it. It’s the heavy machinery that allows the construction workers to do the job efficiently; they’re the tools that make it all possible. However, these beasts tend to be expensive and in order to get the most out of them, they need to be properly maintained. Maintenance isn’t necessarily the most glamorous of jobs, but following some standard procedures will not only provide many savings that come from breakdowns or down-time, it will also streamline the work and ensure the job is done in a very efficient manner. Here are the top tips in the proper maintenance of heavy equipment for construction.
There’s no way around it – your machinery needs to be cleaned after every job. It’s not okay to say: I’ll do it some other time, it’ll get dirty tomorrow again anyway. Every job requires a thorough cleaning afterwards – only then will you be able to notice any potential problems before they occur. Leaks and damaged parts will be much easier to spot.
If there is any damage, repair it right away. Not repairing right away means setting yourself up for even greater damage in the near future. Don’t forget to check the oil or coolant liquid, and check for leaks regularly.
Electrical wiring is very important yet often gets damaged quite quickly. Protect all wiring well – cover them up with protective coating, both for the safety of the user of the equipment and for preventing damage to the equipment itself.
Lubricating the equipment and making sure that all moving parts are well oiled does not only protect the equipment, it also ensures that the equipment is efficient and that no energy is lost whilst working with the machine. It also prevents heat build-up.
You may think that machinery with half a tank of fuel is more efficient (since it weighs less), but quite the opposite is true. The machine will be more efficient with a fuel tank, and will perform better. Filling up the tank after each workday also allows you to monitor the machine’s fuel consumption (which is very handy for predicting operation costs).
Here’s the great thing about following the basic rules on maintenance: it takes only a fraction of time to do it right – but the regular upkeep will save the equipment, keep it healthy and in working order, and provide you with much more time to do the job that needs to be done: proper construction. Follow some basic discipline, and you’re guaranteed to avoid many headaches, as plant hire Lancashire experts like Ruttle will always confirm.