Adequate excavator operator training is important from a safety standpoint; that's a given. However, it also makes sense from a financial standpoint. A competent operator reduces operation and other overhead costs. We explain why this is so.
One of the best ways to reduce overhead is by cutting down on fuel use. Beginning operators have a tendency to use the highest excavator setting, regardless of the task. This often results in a setting 200 to 300 RPMs higher than necessary. Training operators to adjust settings can cut down on fuel usage by around 10%. Attachments like breakers and hoe packs do not require maximum RPM to operate at their maximum capability.
Most modern excavators also have fuel-saving features, such as auto engine shutdown and auto idle. Make sure operators are acquainted with these features.
Reduce Idle Times
Cutting down on idle times applies to all construction vehicles. This is especially important for contractors who own their own equipment/machinery. In work zones, machine idle times can exceed 50%. You can cut this by half, if not more. This will drastically reduce wear and tear on your expensive equipment.
We always perform maintenance on all of our excavators before renting them. This includes a check on filters, fluids, hoses, rollers, etc. However, if you rent equipment for an extended period, then you must perform similar inspections on your end. Operators need to know how to inspect components like the sprockets, bushings, and track tension. For renters, damage from negligent use can result in surplus charges. For owners, this means costly part replacement and rebuild charges.
Invest in Excavator Operator Training
Learn more about us and our inventory. Active Excavator Rentals serves contractors throughout Monroe. While our excavators are maintained so they will operate efficiently, you need to do your part by making excavator operator training a priority.
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