Maintaining Your Used Diggers – A Guide to Key Maintenance Checks

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Maintaining your used diggers is crucial for their smooth and safe operation. Daily and scheduled maintenance checks can increase machine longevity and reduce hefty repair costs. From engine fluid level checks to undercarriage and suspension system checks, this ultimate guide will equip you with all the necessary knowledge to keep your machinery in top shape.

Importance of Maintenance Checks for your Used Diggers

Construction equipment is a valuable investment, and maintenance checks are a crucial part of taking care of them. Proper maintenance can ensure that the equipment operates smoothly and safely, increasing its lifespan and minimising repair costs.

Regular maintenance checks can prevent equipment breakdowns or malfunctions, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. By detecting and fixing issues early on, operators can avoid costly downtime and keep the equipment operating at peak performance.

Heavy machinery is built to last, but neglecting maintenance checks can significantly reduce its lifespan. Frequent checks and upkeep of the equipment’s crucial components such as fluids, filters, belts, and hoses can help prolong the machine’s life and keep it operating perfectly fine for many years.

Maintain your Used Diggers with Daily Checks

Pre-operational and pre-start checks are key to maintaining a machine. There are several daily checks that should be performed before using a new or used digger. These checks ensure that your machine is running smoothly and operating safely. 

Here is a quick fire list of daily maintenance checks to do before you use your machinery-

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  • Run the equipment to run for five to ten minutes
  • Check the air filter system for any warning lights
  • Ensure all dashboard gauges are working properly
  • Test all lights (headlights, high beams, signal lights, brake lights, and backup lights), and testing all hydraulic lines and systems. 
  • Watch and listen for irregularities such as unusual noises, excessive vibrations, and changes in equipment performance.
  • Fill the fuel tank all the way to full, allow the equipment to idle for five minutes before shutting down completely.

Performing these daily maintenance checks is crucial for ensuring the longevity of your equipment and reducing repair costs. Plus, it helps keep operators safe by minimising the risk of equipment failure during operation.

Scheduled Maintenance Checks

As mentioned earlier, preventive maintenance is critical to enhancing equipment longevity and reducing repair costs. Unlike date-based maintenance, which requires you to perform maintenance at specific dates, you can schedule preventive maintenance based on hours of operation, which is more advantageous. This will make sure that your equipment receives regular maintenance checks based on the number of hours it has been running, not the calendar date

Additionally, preventive maintenance software can be used to streamline and organise maintenance checks. To develop a successful preventive maintenance plan, you must first determine the maintenance needs of each piece of equipment. You can get this information from the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations and the machine’s performance history. After that, you can plan preventive maintenance tasks for the equipment based on those needs.

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Machine-Specific Maintenance Checks – From used Mini Diggers to Tracked Excavators

Apart from the daily checks, it is essential to keep an eye on specific components of your machines. Regular inspection of key parts can save you from a considerable loss. Here are some essential maintenance checks that need to be performed periodically: 

  • Engine oil
  • Hydraulic oil 
  • Power terrain
  • Engine coolant
  • Tire Pressure
  • Electrical System
  • Undercarriage and Suspension System
  • Brake System

 Performing these machine-specific maintenance checks can prevent failures and costly repairs. So before operating your ex fleet machinery, inspect all the components mentioned above.

IPS’ Checklist Is Crucial

In a nutshell, regular maintenance checks are crucial for the smooth and safe operation of your heavy equipment. It increases machine life, reduces repair costs, and prevents unexpected breakdowns. From daily operating checks to scheduled maintenance checks, our guide covers all the essential steps you need to take to ensure your machine won’t break down unexpectedly. Don’t skip these checks, and invest in your equipment’s longevity.

Used Diggers For Sale At International Plant Sales

International Plant Sales are specialists in selling used plant equipment. When you purchase equipment from us, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’re buying from a reputable company. All of our machinery comes to us directly from either H. E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd or Diggerland theme parks. Both of which purchase their machines from new. Meaning our machines all have only one previous owner. You can view all of our machinery currently for sale here

When you buy used machinery from IPS, you’ll have the added benefits of:

  • We can arrange worldwide shipping
  • Machinery is fully refurbished by The Finishing Touch team
  • Warranty included on all machinery sales

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the IPS team today.

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Information correct as of 12/10/23

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