The lifespan of construction equipment depends heavily on how the owner treats the equipment. Two important factors that affect machine lifespan include how the machine is operated and adherence to proper construction equipment maintenance.
The first factor to consider is how you are operating the machines. Using a smaller machine to do a job that calls for a bigger machine could cause increased wear to critical components.
Outfitting your machine for the ground conditions of your worksite is another way to protect your investment. Guards are available to protect excavator and wheel loader undercarriages and axles from harsh conditions. For ADTs, match the tire size, type and width to the job, and use a bed liner if the job calls for it.
Doosan provides additional tips to keep your machine running longer.
Follow Maintenance Schedules
Every machine you own should have a maintenance schedule in its operation and maintenance manual. Following this schedule is one of the most effective ways to get the performance you expect from your machines as they age. If you don’t have the manual, ask your dealer for a copy of the maintenance schedule.
Purchase OEM Parts
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are engineered to very strict tolerances, unlike one-size-fits-all third-party parts. Engineers design OEM filters to remove the right level of contaminants. A dealer can help you set a parts strategy for your company.
Adjust Maintenance for Harsh Conditions
Operating in very dusty conditions or extremely hot or cold weather may necessitate more frequent fluid or filter changes, or may require using special fluid formulations.
Find a Dealer Partner
A high-performing dealer is a valuable equipment consultant. They can get you the right equipment for a job, help maintain and extend the lifespan of your construction equipment, and advise you on financing options for equipment purchases.