All machinery at some point will require some maintenance. The importance of maintenance & correct operation is amplified when working with large pieces of expensive machinery, which can easily cause injury if damaged or used incorrectly. Taking this approach also helps avoid expensive and unnecessary breakdowns and repairs whilst retaining the value of your equipment if and when you come to sell it.

Below we give some of our top tips for keeping your machinery tip top.


Stay on top of large machinery training processes

Many pieces of equipment have numerous operators. Whether that’s diggers or tractors, users understanding and applying correct operating procedures is key. It is important to keep all staff working on the equipment up to date with skill sets which match the exact equipment they are working on.

Lubricate, Lubricate, Lubricate

One of the key reasons for premature wear & tear is the absence of lubrication maintenance. Scan your equipment for signs of excess oil and grease and check for leaks around any seals. Manufactures will recommend the right lubrication to use in your equipment handbook; an expert will be able to diagnose any problems with machinery through checking the lubrication as particles used in oil can indicate which area may be suffering from wear or breakdown.


Check key areas routinely

The high stresses which machinery goes through in day to day use can contribute to the breakdown of parts in heavy machinery. Simple things to check are as follows:

  • Misaligned belts & gears which cause excessive vibration
  • Shock damage resulting from misuse of machinery
  • Excessively high temperatures arising from friction, poor lubrication and worn parts
  • Aged seals, belts and bolts which can all become damaged over time

If any gaps or problems are identified, resolve them quickly to avoid further damage.

Keep it clean

Contamination is a major problem in machinery. In order to ensure that filters, seals and joints are kept as clean as possible, ensure your machinery is stored in a clean environment. When stored outside, machinery can rust and rot can set in. As part of this cleanliness routine, filters and breather should all be maintained.


Put a schedule in place

Organisation is key here. Draw up a maintenance schedule with a checklist and stick to it religiously. Checks within this maintenance schedule don’t have to comprise of much:

  • Check oil & filters
  • Lubricate moving parts & seals
  • Monitor friction points for wear
  • Carry out torque checks on bolts

In conclusion, the above points can all improve and save a business or individual money on heavy machinery over both long and short periods of time.

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