Maximize Your Maintenance Budget

By Brian Frederick
October 3, 2017

Streamline your equipment maintenance processes to save time and money

Equipment requires upkeep. At least if you want to keep it up and running, that is. But maintenance is a commitment. It requires a lot of service, including inspections for wear and tear, plus regular oil and filter changes, and a whole host of other things.

And all of these things cost money, whether in the form of parts and consumables or in hours for your tech. But with a little foresight, planning and help from a tool like ES Track, you can maximize your maintenance budget and still keep your machines in peak operating condition.

Training can make a big difference

Most of your machines are probably used by several operators. And some of them are probably rougher on them than others — over accelerating, braking sharply or regularly running at high RPMs. Investing in adequate training for your employees to teach them how to run each piece of equipment can save big money in the long run in the form of reduced wear and tear.

If training isn’t enough, a tool like ES Track can help you identify which operators are particularly hard on equipment with driver scorecards and alerts about risky behavior.

Use the right lubricants

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you would be shocked by how many otherwise competent service techs believe that oil is oil. But that’s not the case — there are specific types of oil and grease for every component. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturers’ recommendations.

And check often. Oil is the lifeblood of any machine. You can spot problems as they happen by regularly inspecting your equipments’ lubricants.

Listen to your equipment

No, you don’t have to put on a stethoscope and listen to the engine rumble — but you should pay attention to how your machine is operating. If something feels off, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Instruct your drivers to be on the lookout too.

If a piece of equipment is running hot, it could be caused by overuse, or poor lubrication. Friction could be generating heat or you might have worn parts. Excessive vibration could point to a misaligned belt or a gear that’s off.

By paying attention to these things, you could save yourself from costly breakdowns that require expensive repairs and put your machine out of service.

Required maintenance — when it’s required

When looking to increase maintenance efficiency is that all runtime is not the same. Hours logged at a dirty jobsite in the middle of summer are harder on your machines than work in a climate-controlled environment with minimal dust and a regulated temperature.

If you only perform maintenance based on calendar dates, you could be performing it too often on some machines, and after damage has already been done on others. This leaves you with two options: increase your inspections significantly, or get something like ES Track that will automatically generate alerts based on runtime, engine status and dates.

Keep a schedule

All equipment should be checked regularly. Preventative maintenance functionality, like that offered by ES Track, helps automate this process and generates reports to help you keep an eye out for trends.

Performing upkeep when it’s required according to the machine will save you from unnecessary labor and consumables costs. And regularly scheduled maintenance will ensure your fleet is in the best shape possible — which means it’s ready when you need it, costing you less in rental fees.

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