Maintenance of equipment is key in order to keep our investments running smoothly.
Most of these suggestions should go without saying but it happens to the best of us. We get busy or distracted and the next thing you know, your equipment breaks down or is in need of some major servicing. I’ve put together a few things, as a reminder, of what we all should be doing to keep our equipment up and running.
First and foremost I know we are all guilty of this: Not reading the operators manual. We all think we know the capabilities of the equipment we purchase but as quickly as technology is changing and new software that is constantly being updated this is pretty important. Making sure settings are accurate for the work we intend to do could mean the difference between a long running machine and a machine that constantly needs repairs.
Parts replacement is another issue. It’s not that we don’t replace a part when it wears out or breaks it’s that we don’t always replace all the parts that were affected. It should also be determined if there was another part that caused the issue in the first place.
Improper maintenance goes back to not reading the manual. The troubleshooting section can be our best friend that saves us a lot of time and money. Don’t forget to oil those chains and replace worn belts. Do a quick check daily at the start of the day; it’s a good habit to get into.
Running equipment during less than perfect weather can definitely be bad for the machine. This can be challenging because it’s not always going to a sunny day. We run equipment in snow, mud and rain. I’m not saying you can’t do it, just don’t overdo it. Too much mud on most parts of a machine can be bad, especially if it’s not removed before it dries.
The bottom line is preventing extra costs associated with repairs on our equipment. Especially this time of year, who wants to spend their hard earned money on new parts for their equipment when it can go towards something more important like a new TV, fishing equipment or whatever else you want to ask Santa for this year.