It’s time to get back to work this spring! It’s a good idea to complete a spring maintenance checklist before putting your machines to work this season. Proper maintenance prevents downtime, ensures productivity and, most importantly, improves job site safety. After sitting through the winter, these five spring maintenance tasks will ensure your machines are performing as efficiently as they should. And, if you’re looking for any new machines to add to your fleet, consider purchasing from Lyon’s equipment auctions!
Perform maintenance checks
It’s important to make sure everything is intact on your machines before putting them to work this spring. Some essential maintenance you should complete is changing the filters, replacing oils, checking the coolant and lubricating the machine’s parts. Changing the filters ensures efficiency and gets rid of contaminants in your equipment’s system. You’ll want to replace both the hydraulic and engine oil in the spring. Upgrade your machine’s coolant to the appropriate grade for the weather. Apply lubricant to alleviate any stiff parts on your machine.
Clean your heavy equipment
Spring cleaning applies to heavy equipment, too. If your machines have been sitting in storage, you’ll want to get any of the accumulated dust off of them. Give them a wash to ensure your machine will perform as it should, without any dirt or grime. It’s also a good look to have clean equipment operating at the job sites, and it improves efficiency.
Check for any warranties
Spring is a good time to review your equipment’s paperwork, including warranties. The owner’s manual also includes seasonal maintenance recommendations and the types of products that are best for cold and warm weather. To ensure warranty coverage, you’ll want to complete all the warranty requirements. You should also look over your insurance policy to ensure it covers all the work your machine will be doing and any attachments you’ll be using.
Ensure it starts up and works properly
After sitting for a while, some machines will have a harder time than others. Be sure the equipment you’ll be using starts up properly after completing the necessary maintenance. Check the lights, wipers, flashers and brakes before putting your machines to work at the job site. Replace anything as needed.
Check the tires
Checking your equipment’s tires is another crucial part of preventative maintenance. The right tire pressure is necessary for your machine to work as it should. Tires affect your fuel consumption, how the machine drives and compacting soil. The owner’s manual will include the correct tire pressure for your machines. Also, check the tire rims for any loose nuts, and tighten as needed.
Find the equipment you need at Lyon’s spring equipment auctions
Looking to add to your company’s fleet this spring? Purchasing quality secondhand heavy equipment can save you money and time. One of Lyon’s equipment auctions is sure to have what you’re looking for. Contact us today for more information or check out our upcoming auctions!