Once you own your piece of heavy equipment, the goal becomes maintaining your equipment so it lasts as long as possible. Proper construction equipment maintenance will not only extend the lifespan of your equipment, it will also help to boost productivity while the machine is in use.
Your heavy equipment should come with an operator’s manual with suggested service intervals, so it’s important to pay close attention to the manual when making decisions. It may be beneficial to keep a chart for your machines so you know when these intervals come up, allowing you to plan ahead. For example, you don’t want to have to decide whether to pull a piece of equipment off the job in the middle of a large project to perform necessary heavy equipment repair when it could have been done ahead of time.
You should also take the time frequently to inspect your parts and do an evaluation of how they are running. If you know a certain part or function of the machine is not working as well as it should be, take the time to get it serviced so you can maximize your efficiency. It’s important to have strong lines of communication throughout your business to make sure small issues are getting reported as they happen.
In heavy equipment, it’s more cost-effective to be proactive about repair and service work than reactive, because there are many negative impacts to letting small issues fester, or in not keeping service up to date. First, servicing small issues will likely cause a less complicated, less expensive repair. It’s cheaper to fix something earlier than later.
Second, if your heavy equipment is not operating at its maximum operational capacity due to needed service work not being done, you’re not going to get the job done as productively and efficiently as possible. Finally, if a major service issue happens in the middle of the job, you’ll face costly downtime that could delay your project and add unnecessary expenses.
If you have any questions about a specific situation, it can help to keep in your contact with your heavy equipment service provider, who can help determine if an issue is serious, or when you should have the heavy equipment looked at for service. Like having a mechanic, find a service dealer who you can trust to be honest and open with you while also having the necessary expertise and experience to help you.
At May Heavy Equipment, we provide the best parts, service, and maintenance in the industry at a competitive price. Whether you buy or rent from us or not, we can help provide for all of your heavy equipment service needs. We have locations in North Carolina and South Carolina as well as mobile heavy equipment service and repair technicians dedicated across the Southeast, including Georgia and Virginia. Contact us today with any questions or service requests so we can help your business and heavy equipment run smoothly.