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A Well-Maintained Machine is a Well-Operated Machine

February 23, 2017, Author: Tru Motor News

Loader MaintenanceHuman error happens, especially when training is inadequate. Aside from workplace safety and work precision, one of the reasons why machine operators are expected to be well trained and skilled is to avoid premature wearing of machines.

Different operators may have their own way of doing their job, but proper machine operation should be observed at all times. Whether you hired a loader, is an operator, have your own or simply a curious cat who wants to know more about things, here are some tips to help avoid construction machine damages. 

  1. Never skip the warm-up

Warm-ups and cool-downs are an important part of a workout. Unfortunately, a lot of people skip this phase. The same goes true in running a loader. The recommended warm-up period should be followed because cool oil does not lubricate as well as warm oil. Skipping straight to normal function would definitely take its toll on the engine and hydraulic system.

  1. Take it easy with the tires

Though they may be designed to work in extreme road conditions, loader tires are prone to wear and tear because of mishandling. Therefore, make it a point to check the tire air pressure as well as the angle of wheels compared to the axles. Misalignment can be a cause or a sign of damage.

  1. Do not take shortcuts

It might have been built for tough conditions, but loaders are not race cars and high-speed shifts are often the culprit for transmission and transmission clutch wears.

  1. Check the buckets

The bucket is the heart of the loader. Be sure to check the bucket edges and flips regularly. Doing so would help reduce the effort needed as the loader digs into the objects to fill the bucket.

Machine maintenance starts with a responsible operation. With a well-functioning machine and your set of operating skills, the project would surely be in good hands.