Most mining and construction contractors know the importance of keeping earthmoving equipment performing optimally. It not only ensures maximum up-time, fuel efficiency and life, but it also enhances safety.
Breakdowns can occur at the most inopportune times and be time-consuming and expensive. If a replacement part or attachment is required, it may need to be sourced overseas, then shipped to site and installed. This can spiral into additional costs, projects going over schedule and, worse, personal injury or death.
The best way to avoid unwanted accidents and breakdowns is to implement a regular maintenance schedule that includes daily check-ups.
Resolute Equipment has some extra tips for keeping your fleet running smoother and safer for longer:
- 1. Make sure the operator is appropriately trained in best-practice to drive the equipment they are managing. This assists with smooth performance, less wear and tear and prevents equipment and attachments being used incorrectly;
- 2. This tip may be an obvious one, but it is best to always ensure the correct machines and attachments are used together and for the application;
- 3. Expanding on the first two points, it is important to know your equipment limits and stick to them – don’t be tempted to stretch your excavator or dozer. This can cause added stress, wear and tear and lead to potential accidents;
- 4. When the job is done for the day or you are expecting inclement weather, make sure your machines are adequately stored and protected from the elements.
- 5. As well as frequently inspecting your machines, it is important to check attachments;
- 6. Ensure wheels are inflated to manufacturer recommended PSI;
- 7. Test brakes on a regular basis;
- 8. Make sure trained technicians check engines for dirt and debris build-up;
- 9. As with any vehicle, it is vital to regularly audit fluid and oil levels and purity,
- 10. To avoid corrosion and overheating, it is important to habitually inspect cooling system performance;