Excavators are subjected to a lot of heavy work and wear and tear on the job site, with all the digging and loading, often in hostile settings and on poor ground conditions.

All that heavy lifting — literal and figurative — starts to take a toll on an excavator’s safety, power, efficiency, and overall performance if it isn’t carefully cared for on a regular basis. It also raises the chances of machine downtime, as well as possibly costly repairs and part replacements. All of this lowers productivity and raises the machine’s total cost of ownership.

Investing a little time inappropriate excavator preventive maintenance is a wise decision. The highlights of what this should comprise are shown below.

Taking Care of Excavators’ Preventive Maintenance

  • Refer to the OEM’s cleaning, preventive maintenance, and expert servicing instructions and follow them.
  • Before and after each use of excavators, make sure to do pre-and post-operation inspections.
  • Check for dirt and debris in the coolers.
  • As specified in the excavator’s owner’s handbook, inspect, clean, and replace the air, fuel, engine, and hydraulic filters.
  • Address any wear or damage to attachment components as soon as possible.
  • Examine the bucket’s wear plates and teeth to ensure that they are all present and in good working order.
  • Every day, grease the pins and bushings.
  • Clean out any debris or other contaminants in the compartment and inspect and lubricate the swing gear and swing bearing.
  • Water should be drained from the fuel/water separator.
  • Keep your excavators’ undercarriages in good working order by inspecting bolts, shoes, guards, and the sprocket and drive on the track; tighten or replace parts as needed.
  • Maintain track tension on excavators and keep up with vital rubber track maintenance.
  • Follow fluid management best practices and keep a watch on hydraulic oil, engine oil, coolant, and other fluid levels at all times.

Source: Trekker Groups