Should you have bought your own excavator there are a few things that you should know in order to keep your new piece of machinery in the best possible decision. In this blog, we’re going to share some of the basics.
Earth moving equipment is expensive and therefore maintaining the hard working machine is essential to make it long lasting. The undercarriage consists of various components and these certainly need proper maintenance to improve their lifespan.
Keeping the undercarriage clean is the first step towards maintaining your equipment and this should be done on a daily basis. Each day after working with your equipment, clean the undercarriage.
Materials that get stuck on the undercarriage can wear down bolts, seize up rollers, loosen the guiding and generally add unwanted weight to all the components. These factors can lead to a waste of fuel and cause unnecessary downtime of your equipment.
After cleaning the undercarriage, it should get a routine inspection. By doing this the operator can establish if any components have excessive wear, are damaged or missing and check for oil leaks. These inspections are even more essential if your equipment is operating in harsh conditions.
The following items should be inspected on a routine basis:
- Drive motor
- Drive sprockets
- Main idlers
- Rock guards
- Track bolts
- Track chain
- Track shoe
- Track tension
By doing this inspection, major failure of components can be prevented.
The track frame is the backbone of an excavator. This supports the track assembly, rollers, front idler, recoil spring and the adjusting mechanism.