Cold weather can be hard on construction equipment, much the same way it's hard on a car. Equipment malfunction can cause serious delays and downtime. Follow these winter excavator maintenance tips to minimize the risk of equipment failure at the most inopportune moment.
1. Apply Oil and Lubricant
Check the oil dipstick just as you would on a civilian vehicle; the process is more or less the same. As a rule of thumb, if the oil is fluid enough to drip from the dipstick, then it's good to go. We perform oil checks on all of our excavators before renting them out, and we top them off if necessary.
2. Inspect Hydraulic Hoses
Hydraulic hoses last for about 7,000 to 9,000 hours of use. However, frigid temperatures can degrade the rubber tubing, making it brittle and stiff. Hot hydraulic oil running through the tube's interior can cause further stress. Check for cracks and brittleness before operation.
3. Warm Up the Machine
Warm up the excavator for several minutes before operation. This reduces shock to the parts from cold fluids running through the system. We suggest cycling through all of the functions, such as moving the boom and arm through their full range of motion. This helps distribute the warm oil. Using a block heater is another option.
4. Check the Environment
Aside from the excavator itself, you also need to examine the work environment. Deep ground frost, for example, may place more stress on breakers and hoe packs or other attachments. The wheels and tracks may also slip when working on icy or frozen surfaces.
We Maintain All of Our Equipment
Active Excavator Rentals maintains all of its excavators and attachments. Learn about us and the equipment we provide for Monroe-based contractors. Winter excavator maintenance is a must to ensure optimal and safe operation.
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