Heavy equipment is built to withstand some pretty tough conditions, but it’s not operator-proof. One of the easiest ways to avoid unnecessary repairs is to make sure the men and women behind the controls know their stuff. There’s plenty of training available — online and in person — to help new employees get up to speed on proper operating practices for every machine. (It’s a good idea to have your old hands complete a refresher course regularly, too, as new systems and technologies come on board.) Make sure you allot time for your operators to conduct a thorough walkaround before they climb into the cab — that’s when they’re most likely to spot a potential problem. Again, telematics can play an important role here, alerting you to operator techniques that may be leading to premature repairs.
The cost of fluids, filters and replacement parts can add up — especially if purchased individually. Check to see if your equipment dealer offers maintenance agreements that can help you save on these costs. Generally, these plans provide a fixed cost for equipment service at regular intervals, which lets you budget for repair costs and reduce the chance of expensive equipment failures. Another option, whether you perform your own repairs or turn to your equipment dealer, is remanufactured parts. They often provide same-as-new performance at a less-than-new price and are usually available off the shelf to reduce your downtime.
When it comes to heavy equipment repairs, the question isn’t “if” but “when.” Still, if you take a few proactive steps, commit to preventive maintenance and keep an open mind about technology, you can ward off repairs until they’re absolutely necessary — keeping your costs and downtime to a minimum.
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