We are a couple of weeks away from spring, which means that this is the time to get your heavy equipment ready for the upcoming season! It doesn’t matter if you will be renting or going to machinery auctions, you want to make sure your equipment is running smoothly.
Preparing equipment for the spring season
The official start date for spring is near, but depending on where you live that might not mean that you can expect sunshine and warmth! Don’t worry, the cold weather will come to an end faster than expected. Regardless of the temperature, it’s time to get your heavy equipment, such as excavators ready for the spring.
The first tip is to check your machine’s fluid levels, filters and grease! You want to check the hydraulic and engine oils as well as the coolants. Make sure to fill and grease as needed.
Second, you want to check your seals, look to see if any are damaged or need to be replaced. One thing to keep in mind is that the black rubber O- ring might shrink in the cold. Once they have been cleaned and warmed up it can be resealed.
Third, you want to clean debris on the undercarriage and adjust the tension. Pay attention if you need any repairs such as any trackpads that are loose or any other repairs.
Fourth, examine the boom and arm. Pay attention to any parts that have some wear and tear and be sure to get it fixed right away as it can turn into a larger, more expensive fix.
Fifth, check the heart of your heavy equipment, the engine. Look for any cracks or damages and tighten any belts that may have gotten loose over time.
The sixth tip is to make sure the battery is working properly. Look at terminals and posts, check the levels and do any cleaning if needed.
Number seven is to check the entire machine from inside and outside! If you live in an area that receives snow and winter flurries, brush off any snow that is on the machine.. One way you can do this is to bring your equipment to a warm facility to melt the snow. Make sure to steer clear from the swing mechanism, motor or transmission as snow/ice can cause damage down the road.
The eighth tip is to check the other parts of your machine to ensure they are working properly and perform any routine checks. For example; lights wipers, heater and air conditioning.
Why buy heavy machinery at machinery auctions?
The first reason to buy heavy equipment at machinery auctions is because there is a large variety of options and brands. The equipment, in general, will cost less than a brand new one as well as lower rates for insurance!
Auctions will have the maintenance history on all pieces of equipment, so you know how they work or if they had any other types of issues. Maintaining a regular maintenance routine is very important for the longevity of heavy equipment.
When you buy from an auction, there is no waiting period for your item. It’s easy, find what you like, pay for it and it’s yours! Yup, there’s no hassle!