• Heavy Equipment Maintenance Checklist

    Prevent heavy equipment downtime and expensive repairs with regular maintenance. Scheduled preventative maintenance (PM) and daily checks with competent operators can cut costs down drastically. These checklists and schedules are found in your owner’s manual.

    What To Check For

    The first step is listening to the operators. They can generally sense when something is wrong with their machine. Train operators to check their machines before use for the basics. Knowledgeable operators know more than just operating their machinery. They can bring small problems to your technicians’ attention prior to them becoming costly repairs.

    Start your inspection from the ground including checks of lights, steps, the undercarriage, hydraulic lines, electrical wires, fuel and DEF tanks, and be sure to grease the machine etc. Work your way from there to the bucket, boom, pins and bushings, hydraulic system and other fluids. Operators can run through daily checks such as the one below for an excavator:

    Heavy-Equipment-Maintenance-Checklist Heavy Equipment Maintenance Checklist

    Click here for a downloadable maintenance checklist

    During PM time it is important to follow the guidelines set forth in the maintenance section of your manual. These are important and should be completed based on the manufacturers' recommended interval at minimum. These guides usually do not account for severe use conditions that equipment is most typically used in. If your machine is new enough, you’ll probably have a warranty and need to keep these service records. 

    Making Necessary Repairs

    Despite all the maintenance you do, eventually there will be a problem that arises. You’ll need a trained technician and some software to help you diagnose these problems. Click here to for dealer-level diagnostic software. These tools will keep you from waiting on the dealer or having to purchase OE software that most won’t sell you anyway.

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    Rebecca Gardner - May 20, 2021

    Thanks for explaining what to check for in regular maintenance. My brother just got heavy equipment that uses hydraulic hoses. I’ll share this advice so he can stay aware of issues and get the hoses repaired when necessary. https://www.dieselforce.com.au/authorised-parts

    Anna Davis - March 22, 2021

    That’s a good idea to check the wheels and tires. I need to get an excavator for a work project. I’ll be sure to keep your checklist in mind. http://www.statewidehire.com.au/excavator-and-earthmoving-equipment-hire

    Anna Davis - October 7, 2020

    That’s a good point that daily checks can save you a lot of money on repairs in the long run. My brother wants to buy a warehouse and get into the manufacturing industry next year, so I have been doing some reading about it. Preventative maintenance is definitely something he should prioritize. https://www.rebabbit.com/guidebearingbabbittrepair/

    Levi Armstrong - June 17, 2020

    My dad is planning to start a construction business in town, and he’s looking for heavy equipment for sale, including pulling units. I like that you said he should train his operators to check the machines before using them for projects so they could immediately know if there’s a problem that needs a technician’s attention. Since buying heavy equipment is a big investment, I’ll share your maintenance tips with him so his investment would be worth it. Thanks for this! https://workoverrigs.com/workover-rigs-for-sale/

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