Inspection & Maintenance of Forestry Equipment
All forestry machines have to do very tough job, and also, they work under tough conditions. Whether it is extreme cold or hot, rough ground conditions, long running hours and dusty air or debris combine and enhance the likelihood of mechanical breakdown.
Whether any logger does his own repair and maintenance or calls for any outside service like Payeur, and repairing any machine will cost money and time.
Only proper preventive maintenance can prolong life of such machine, reduce frequency and frequent repairs, and also maximize productive uptime.
Any poor maintenance may lead to any catastrophic failures which may result in vary costly repairs, frequent downtime, and also lost revenue.
Following are few key tips for properly maintaining your machine and keep it running in order to stay productive:
- Clean the radiator
Regularly clean the radiator for keeping airflow moving freely all through the core, to allow most of the heat to get removed.
Also, working conditions like amount of dust, pollen, leaves and other debris too can affect your type of cleaning necessary. You may need to use any pressure washing or high-pressure air in regular frequency.
Few modern engines may also have certain air coolers which may supply air to intake manifold and also coolers for fuel, which also may negatively impact performance in case not kept proper clean and also in good working condition.
- Check engine coolant
You must do this regularly to make sure that it is right concentration for keeping the machine running in cool condition to prolong the engine life.
- Sample oil
Check sample oil regularly for helping to protect engine components, to ensure optimum performance to prolong engine life.
It will establish a baseline meant for normal wear of any specific component, will also detect contaminants or any failed seals found between components, and also can help detecting problems which can be corrected by spending some amount than any major repairs and overhauling associated with any catastrophic failure.
- Perform preventive maintenance
You must not extend the intervals of maintenance without validation provided by the reports of regular fluid sampling. Improperly extending the maintenance intervals can increase wearing on internal components.
- Use only good quality filters
Any cheap filter which fails may allow oil, air or fuel to turn contaminated with dirt that causes wearing of various internal components over a period of time.
- Pay attention to all indicators
If you ignore the warning indicators and continue to operate machine under such conditions, then it will lead to a catastrophic failure.
Following such maintenance practices can help to keep your equipment performance at optimum level, operating cost will reduce and make sure that you get most value out of your machine’s investment.