Your large construction equipment is prone to overheating while working on summer jobs. You need reliable equipment to please your customers and continue making money this summer. Some ways you can ensure your machines last as long as they should and work at their best are listed below!
Prepare your large construction equipment
Preparing your machine before the summer heat gets here, as well as scheduling preventative maintenance, will ensure that your equipment can get the summer jobs done on time. Check your machine’s radiator, tire pressure, fluid levels and the air-flow passages for any clogging. You’ll also want to grease any moving parts. We recommend buying the lubricant brand recommended in the user’s manual and lubricating the machine to reduce friction.
Limit sun exposure
When working with your heavy machinery, limit exposure to the sun whenever possible. Try to store it in a shaded area. If there is no shaded space, cover it with a tarp or place it under a canopy tent to help keep it cool. You can also begin your projects earlier in the day when it’s cooler out.
Make sure the cooling system is clean
You’ll want to make sure there isn’t any corrosion in the cooling system. The coolant system prevents your machine from overheating when it’s working properly. Replace your coolant at least once a year, use pressurized air to clean the radiator, make sure the fans are clear of dust and check hoses for any cracks. You can also minimize use in the hottest part of the day, typically 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; just be aware and give your machine breaks during this time.
Check for wear and tear
Inspecting your machine will warn you of any problems before they become bigger and more expensive issues. Check your belts for any warping, make sure there are no cracks in the seals and make sure no bolts are bent. Wear and tear happens naturally over time, but preventative maintenance can eliminate any downtime. Also, pay attention to the display and any warning lights.
Don’t overwork the machine or yourself
As well as preventing your machines from getting any heat damage, you’ll want to protect yourself. Stay hydrated on the job, and be sure to take breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned space to cool your body down.
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