Date: June 16, 2019
Maintaining your Construction Equipment on a Budget
Heavy machinery or construction equipment can cost you more on maintenance than the actual price. In order to reduce those staggering maintenance costs, it is important that you look into ways that can reduce your equipment depreciation and preserve its value for years to come. This blog highlights some of the ways that can help you preserve the value of your construction equipment without having to spend a lot of money.
Check for Maintainance Costs while Buying Machinery
When buying any construction equipment or hardware, always get an administer book or a guideline manual. The construction equipment manual records in detail how to gather and utilize the machine. This manual additionally records the maintenance tips for the specific construction gear that you want to purchase to give you a clear idea about its maintenance. It is fundamental to take these tips, as this will guarantee optimal operation and smooth maintenance of the equipment at hand. The support tips in the manual keep the equipment working in ideal conditions, which will prevent heavy maintenance at the end of the day.
Have your Own Set of Guidelines and Rules for Maintenance
Always have your arrangement of rules and standards to keep up your construction machinery. Establish standards that will maintain your equipment according to the industry standards and keep its resale value up. Having your own set of rules, will help you maintain the machine based on the local conditions. The rules and standards for maintenance should be established for each piece of equipment as hardware differs for different equipment. The best way to do so is to comply with the manufacturer’s instruction for every piece of equipment on your site and follow the manual for maintenance.
Use your Equipment Wisely
Always use your equipment according to the best practices and safety guidelines to avoid any damage that may deteriorate the equipment’s current condition. Train your operators and site managers to ensure that the equipment is used wisely. In addition, train your operators to avoid using equipment for tasks that the equipment is not equipped to handle.
Set a Maintenance Routine
Your fleet supervisor or site manager should form a group of specialists who run checks over the machinery or fleet on a weekly or daily basis. This lessens the odds of equipment breakdown as well as encourages you to pinpoint any issue that may hinder the progress in the future. When you have the underlying cause of the issue figured out, the equipment can be repaired as needed without any work delays. In addition, the greatest benefit of having a maintenance routine is the ability to control equipment’s maintenance and essentially its health over the years which adds to its value and reduces its depreciation.
Align with your equipment dealer for maintenance services
Equipment dealers offer schemes and programs for service and equipment maintenances. Such
programs are highly beneficial as these are dealer prepared keeping in mind the equipment. They will offer the best possible package for that particular kind of machine, in that application. Additionally, since the inspections and repairs will be from an authorized source, you need not worry about the quality and reliability. You may also get good offers and discounts on long-term service agreements. Al-Bahar offers Customer Support Agreements (CSA) for its customers, to help them manage maintenance optimally and maintain that built-in value of the equipment. Agreements are tailored to fit your business needs and can range from simple Preventive Maintenance Kits to sophisticated Total Cost Performance Guarantees. No matter which option you choose, you can be assured that Al-Bahar will provide you with careful planning and ongoing attention that will help you succeed.
Final thoughts: When it comes to maintaining construction equipment on a budget, there are a lot of things that you need to focus on. First and foremost, you need to ensure that your site managers and operators well-trained in equipment handling; they can easily train the junior operators and manage the daily workload without overusing the machines. Last but not the least, ensure you along with your dealer devise a plan for your equipment maintenance to ensure proper maintenance for lasting care that increases equipment value.