Guidelines for Using an Excavator Around Water Near Maple Valley

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Some construction sites may be located near a water source. This presents a bit of a risk factor because excavators and water don’t exactly mix. Excavators and attachments like breakers and packs do have the ability to work partially in the water. However, this requires extra attention to detail from the operator.

Excavator Maintenance

Getting the excavator ready is crucial. The metal components are especially prone to rust when exposed to water for prolonged periods. To offset the damage, be sure to regularly apply lubrication to areas like the joints, links, and stick pins. Oil provides a protective barrier.

We recommend lithium grease, which is great at withstanding both fresh and saltwater conditions even when fully submerged. If you know the excavator is going to be subjected to water, then apply grease twice a day. If the excavator is going to be in use for the majority of the time, then we suggest applying grease every hour.

If you hear grinding noise coming from the attachment, this is a sign that the joints and pins are drying out and due for fresh oiling.

Undercarriage Protection

The undercarriage also consists of metal parts and may also be exposed to pools of water. A good solution is applying thixotropic spray. This is the same solution used to protect metal parts in ships and offshore rigs. The liquid penetrates metal surfaces and prevents rust.

Be Mindful of Excavators and Water Near Maple Valley

At Active Excavator Rentals, we ensure our excavators are fit for use around water. However, you must take precautionary measures to offset wear. Excavators and water present an additional concern, but modern construction vehicles are generally fit for use near aquatic environments. Learn more about us and our line of excavators and attachments for rent.

Excavators and Water Operation Basics Near Maple Valley

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Posted on June 30, 2022 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business