Guidelines for Using an Excavator Around Water

excavators and water

Any construction project that requires an excavator requires precision. This is amplified when operating around water. The close proximity to H2O also accelerates excavator wear. Using an Excavator around water requires specific skills and maintenance procedures.

Excavator Maintenance

Prepping the excavator is vital. The metal components of the excavator are prone to rust and corrosion. So, you will need to regularly grease specific points like the linkage and stick pins. Exposure to water and sand accelerates the loss of lubrication, especially around the pin ends and bushings.

We suggest using lithium grease and perhaps even an autolube system. Lithium grease is suited for both fresh and saltwater conditions and maintains its properties even when submerged in water. We also recommend lubricating at least twice a day, and as often as every hour depending on working conditions.

If you hear any unusual noise in the attachment, that's an indicator that the pins are drying out and need fresh lubrication. 

For the undercarriage, consider using a thixotropic spray. This is the same formula used in ships and offshore drilling rigs. The liquid penetrates the metal surface and prevents the onset of corrosion.

Environmental Considerations

While this may sound like a radical idea, we recommend using vegetable oil in lieu of conventional hydraulic oil because it is non-toxic and biodegradable. However, because vegetable oil breaks down faster, you will need to replace it more often. This will increase operational costs, but you eliminate the risk of environmental damage should a leak occur. You are also not mandated by law to report the leak.

Be Mindful of Excavator Use Around Water

Components from the undercarriage to the breaker and hoe pack are susceptible to water damage. Learn about us and why our excavators are suited for all working environments. Contact Active Excavator Rentals for your next unit rental. Using an excavator around water calls for special precautions. 

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