3 Ways to Ensure Repairing Heavy Equipment Won’t Be a Huge Lift

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Having to get heavy equipment repaired is a large task to take on. From finding the right parts to getting the best service for the price, there are various elements that you’ll need to consider. As it’s a vital part of your company’s success for any project you may be taking on, you’ll need to ensure that it’s able to run properly and be repaired quickly if any problem arises.

Whether it’s a tractor, asphalt paver, forklift, or anything similar, there are some tips you can follow to make the process easier when the time comes.

Here are three ways to make the heavy equipment repair process easier:

  1. Create a Preventive Maintenance Plan
  2. Opt for Mobile Repair & Maintenance
  3. Train Operators on Proper Machinery Use

In need of a heavy equipment repair? Contact Air & Hydraulic Equipment, Inc. today to learn more about our services. 

Create a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Preventative maintenance is performing regularly scheduled maintenance activities to help prevent unexpected failures in the future. To be most effective, there are three different preventative maintenance plans you can consider using depending on your equipment.

Time-based preventative maintenance: A time-based schedule works on a cycle such as every 10 days or every 30 days. Depending on when the machine will need to be used, such as using a forklift at the start and end of each month. This helps ensure that there are no problems the next time it needs to be used.

Usage-based preventative maintenance: This is based on how often the machine is used such as every 30 hours or after 3,000 miles. Think of how you regularly need to change the oil in your car after hitting a certain amount of miles or replacing your tires once the tread gets low. You can also consider using kilometers or production cycles as a benchmark.

Condition-based preventive maintenance: Condition-based maintenance is relative to a specific part of your machine. This can be something like the oil being low or a belt rusting.

Here are some things you can include in your preventative maintenance checklist, depending on the type of equipment you’re using:

  • Are the filters clean?
  • Are there any leaks?
  • Are the lights operational?
  • Is the oil level correct?
  • Are the engine belts in good condition?
  • Is the air pressure in the tires correct?

Opt for Mobile Repair & Maintenance

Instead of having to move your machinery, an on-site equipment specialist will be able to come to you. They’ll have all the proper tools and materials to accurately repair your machine and provide you with a quick turnaround. They’ll also be able to do a full inspection of your machine and let you know if there are any potential issues that you should be aware of. If you were able to take on repair and maintenance yourself, you may run into problems with getting the right tools and increase costs if things were to not be done properly.

Train Operators on Proper Machinery Use

Training your employees on how to properly use heavy machinery is essential to keeping your machines running smoothly and preventing safety hazards. If someone is regularly working with heavy machinery, OSHA regulations will often require them to take heavy equipment training and earn their certification. The most efficient way is often by taking an online course that will let you track an employee’s progress and results. You’ll also be able to benefit from group enrollment and discounts.

Let the Experts at Air & Hydraulic Equipment, Inc. Help You

No matter what issue you’re facing, our quick response field service team is available 24/7 to help find a solution for your repair or service problem. We understand that breakdowns can be costly in a manufacturing or production environment and ensure that downtime is kept to a minimum.

Our services include:

  • On-Site Troubleshooting
  • 24/7 Access to Service and Repairs
  • Well Stocked and Equipped Service Trucks
  • Parts Installation Service and Assistance
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs

Ready to get started? Contact us today to speak to a field service specialist. 

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