September is here, which means fall is right around the corner. Your large construction equipment has been working hard on numerous projects all summer long, and as the workload slows down it becomes a good time to perform fall maintenance on all of your equipment. The summer heat mixed with the amount of time your equipment has been used puts a lot of stress on your machines.
Maintaining your equipment is one of the most important parts of the job. The lack of preventative maintenance can lead to costly repairs and replacements. As leaders in the heavy equipment auctions industry, Lyon Auction understands how expensive large construction equipment can be. These fall equipment tips can help you save money!
Clean your large construction equipment
It’s good practice to give your heavy equipment a thorough wash after each project and to store it properly while not in use. During the spring and summer months, mud and dirt find their way into small cracks and other areas of your machines. When this builds over time, it makes your equipment operate less efficiently, which can result in costly repairs. To ensure your equipment can perform at its best, make sure you clean the dirt out of vents, filters, seals and cooling fans.
Hydrate the hydraulics
When fall rolls around, so does colder weather. It’s a good idea to top off your hydraulic fluids before that happens. You may also want to lubricate your hoses to avoid any cracking, especially on the machines you’re planning on using throughout the fall and winter months.
Examine the tires
You’ll want to make sure that your tires are all at the recommended pressure and check for any wear and tear that could be affecting your machine’s tires. A machine with good tires will perform better over time. Traction plays a crucial role during the winter months, especially when ice and snow are present.
Follow a maintenance routine
Last but not least, it’s important that you have a preventative maintenance plan in place and that you stick to it. Business might be a bit slower and you may have less projects to work on during the colder months, which gives you the time to carry out a regular maintenance schedule to keep your machines in the best shape possible.
Regular inspections, service and performance testing will ensure that you are getting the most out of your equipment and saving money along the way. Performing maintenance during the fall, as well as the rest of the year, will help reduce the risk of costly delays and repairs. If your machines are a little worn out from all of summer’s projects, now’s the perfect time to fix them up!
You can use this fall equipment maintenance guide to ensure your equipment works throughout the fall and winter and is ready to work come next spring and summer! At Lyon Auction, our goal is to provide construction companies and contractors with an opportunity to purchase high quality, used equipment. Feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries about upcoming auctions.