For any business that relies on the productivity of heavy equipment, it’s critical to take proper care of the equipment in your fleet. Every piece of equipment, regardless of size or age, should be annually serviced and inspected by trained technicians to ensure it’s in suitable operating condition and all necessary maintenance and repairs are completed.
If you’re looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce long-term costs relating to owning and operating equipment, consider the following benefits of conducting annual maintenance inspections.
Modern construction equipment, although rugged, is composed of complex systems and components that must be serviced on a regular basis. From basic maintenance such as checking tire treads or adjusting track tensions and changing and refilling fluids to complex fluid analysis and engine tune-ups, preventive care is key to maintaining peak performance.
Following factory-recommended schedules for when to perform specific services and replace parts and components will also extend the service life of the equipment, helping you get the biggest return on investment.
In an annual inspection, a variety of maintenance services are performed. These might include testing, adjustments and the replacement and cleaning of parts. It’s the opportunity to spot small issues that are a quick and easy fix before they grow to become major problems that require more in-depth and expensive solutions.
Changing a dirty oil filter or replacing a cracked engine mount now can potentially save you thousands or even save you from having to buy new equipment in the not-so-distant future.
An annual inspection is a time to record and review your equipment’s history and service schedule. By analyzing this data, it’s possible to identify potential operator deficiencies and create custom maintenance programs suited to the particular piece of equipment. This information also comes in handy when making warranty claims as well as serving as proof the equipment has been properly cared for in the event you decide to sell it later.
Conducting tests, analyzing fluids and performing thorough inspections of critical operating components will reveal red flag signs that repairs or rebuilds are in order. Making repairs before a system malfunction helps limit extensive and costly damages to both primary and ancillary components and avoids extended downtime and potential safety and liability concerns.
It’s typical at the time of annual maintenance inspections to conduct testing for regulatory and EPA emissions standards. A full-service dealership will provide the necessary inspections for applicable permitting and licensing to ensure your fleet is legal and in full compliance with industry and governmental rules and regulations.
Michigan CAT is your partner for preventive maintenance and equipment services. We’re an equipment dealer offering shop and field services, rebuilds, SOS fluid analysis and more. Our customer value agreements cover every aspect of caring for your fleet so you can concentrate on running your business.
Visit us online for more information and to schedule your annual maintenance inspections today.