Summertime is here! While the summertime brings many fun family gatherings and holidays, it also brings the heat. In many parts of the country the summertime heat can be downright dangerous to people and equipment. In fact, many significant equipment failures can be linked to extreme temperatures. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to be sure your equipment is ready for this summer’s potentially record breaking heat!
Perform Daily Inspections
Paying special attention to essential operating systems daily is a great way to stay on top of any issues that may arise with your equipment during hot summer weather. Always make sure your tractors, loaders, backhoes, and more are topped off with coolant. It is also a great idea to check your radiator cap daily to make sure it seals properly and releases pressure. In addition, keep a close eye on your hydraulic systems. Heat can wreak havoc on hydraulic systems like the ones that operate your tractor bucket or backhoe.
Clear Debris Regularly
One of the leading culprits in hot weather equipment catastrophes is overheating. Overheating is often caused by blocked or clogged up radiators because blocked radiators cannot cool an engine properly. For this reason, it is important to regularly clear debris from your radiator as well as any inlets and outlets on your equipment. The Radiator Genie air wand is great for using compressed air to clear dry debris while the water wand is fantastic for clearing away mud and grease.
It’s important for operators to avoid overworking the equipment during the summer. Using it beyond its set capabilities could lead to expensive breakdowns and overheating. Also, in order to avoid damage to the machine’s turbos, operators need to make sure to let their machines idle before shutting it down. Training yourself and your team members in proper summer maintenance on your particular machines is essential to avoiding unnecessary delays or catastrophic breakdowns.
One of the most important parts of proper vehicle maintenance is the operator. We put a lot of emphasis on taking care of out machines, but it is even more important to take care of the equipment operators. Be sure to prioritize replenishing yourself with fluids, electrolytes, and give yourself proper breaks to cool down. After all, your equipment can’t operate without you! Prioritizing self-care in the summer heat assures that you will be ready for anything that gets thrown your way including break downs, critters, and more!
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