Construction Equipment Maintenance Tips that Save Time and Money
August 1, 2019
Keeping our fleet in top condition is a big priority at Gray & Son, both to minimize downtime and get the most out of our investment. When construction equipment breaks down or malfunctions, it can bring a job to a halt. So we’ve built a maintenance shop that is dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen.
Here are some tips on equipment maintenance straight from our shop team:
Make preventive maintenance part of your everyday routine.
We have dedicated team members who perform preventive maintenance tasks regularly, and some every day. These include things like oil services, degreasing and others recommended by equipment manufacturers. Keeping up with smaller tasks can have a huge effect on the longevity of equipment.
Be prepared to do work in the shop and out in the field.
Sometimes, it makes sense to pull equipment into the shop for long-term rebuilds or updates before they have major issues. In those cases, it’s worth it to take equipment out of the field, if such work will keep it functioning at 100% for longer. On the other hand, despite our best efforts at preventive maintenance, breakdowns or smaller equipment problems can be unavoidable. In those cases, our technicians are prepared to head into the field to provide quick repairs to get the equipment back in action. Our team needs to have the skills and ability to handle both types of repairs.
Hire and train skilled technicians.
On that note, it’s important to make sure your mechanics and technicians are skilled in equipment maintenance for everything in your fleet. We have a lot of variety in the types of heavy equipment we have at Gray & Son, so our team has to stay on top of their training and knowledge to make sure they can handle anything that comes their way. One thing that we look for in technicians is the desire to learn more – people who show a real interest in our field and what they do.
Stay on top of technological advances.
Another thing that makes staying on top of all of this a bit easier? The technological advances we’ve seen in equipment over the years. Not only is the equipment actually more advanced, but the diagnostics and ability to find out problems have also improved a lot. Equipment these days has sensors and computers, and we can hook it up to a laptop for immediate insight and help troubleshooting any issues. Instead of spending hours testing to find out what the problem is, we can find it and repair it much more quickly. So by upgrading equipment and making sure we’re also trained in these technological advances, we save the entire company on downtime.
Obviously, one of our main goals is to keep everything running as smoothly as possible to ensure production can do their jobs well and on time. But one of the other positive outcomes we’ve seen from staying on top of our construction equipment maintenance is that our operators working in the field are happier and thus better at their jobs. Having a working air conditioner or stereo can make a long work day go by much more quickly! Thinking about the human aspect of our job makes it that much more worthwhile – so we’ll keep working to keep everyone safe and happy.