For businesses in the earth moving industry, you’ll find that you can rent heavy equipment any time for just a fraction of a cost. But there are many advantages to owning your own heavy haul equipment. Owning one has become easier, especially now that there are many excavator undercarriages for sale. If you already own one, here are some tips to make your investments last a long time:
1. Regular Cleaning
If you use your excavator undercarriage daily, you need to clean it daily too. This is because rocks, mud and dirt can easily get stuck on the components, especially in colder months, as they may easily freeze. This can lead to premature wear because these caked-on elements can prevent the undercarriage from rolling freely. It is best to use a pressure washer to get rid of the dirt, mud and rocks.
2. Regular Inspection
The sprockets are often the ones most prone to wear and tear. Check these regularly. If you find some pointed or crooked teeth on the sprockets, replace them as soon as possible to avoid damaging more components. During regular inspections, look for traces of oil leaks in the seals, which could lead to machine failure. Tuff Stuff also reminds owners that spare parts are important, as well.
When in use, check the track tension. If you feel that the tension is becoming loose, have it checked immediately. Unaddressed cases could easily lead to machine damage and even power loss. As you walk around the excavator undercarriage, routinely look for missing, loose or damaged parts so they can be replaced before you use it. Take note of the drive motor, main rollers and idlers, track bolts, rock guards, track chains, and track shoes.
3. Employ Best Practices
One of the simplest but best ways to extend the life of your power tools and heavy equipment is to make sure you’re using them properly. Some best practices include making wider turns, limiting time spent on slopes, reducing the need to make aggressive turns, picking the correct grouser and avoiding work in very harsh environments.
Use these tips to extend the life of your excavator undercarriage, even if you use it regularly in the field. Regular cleaning and inspection coupled with best practices ensure that you maximise your ROI.