The Basics of Construction Equipment Maintenance

December 18, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

Construction equipment is a significant investment, and one of the ways to make sure you get the greatest return on that investment is through routine maintenance.

By keeping your equipment maintained, you’ll reduce repair costs, shorten downtime, add to the life of your machinery, and improve on its resale value.

In this blog post, our San Francisco warehousing and storage company will discuss a few ways to make sure your maintenance routine helps you get the most out of your equipment.

Maintenance Scheduling for Heavy Machinery

Stick to the maintenance schedule suggested by the manufacturer to make sure your equipment functions at its best.

Daily visual inspections can help too, asking questions such as:

  • Are there signs of misalignment after operating the equipment on uneven or rough terrain? Are the tires and axles in good condition?
  • Do you see any oil leakage?
  • Are the vehicles’ fluids at the proper level?

You should also consider going beyond that the manufacturer could know about the environment where your equipment is operating.

For example, you might be operating in an environment where the weather gets very humid, or very dry, or on a job site with corrosive or abrasive soils. Factors like this can impact the inner workings of your machinery, and are the types of things your manufacturer wouldn’t have a way of knowing.

Safety Basics

Make sure the workers who will be using your equipment receive proper, thorough training and only although employees who have received that training operate this machinery. Workers should also wear protective gear such as hard hats, goggles and industrial ear plugs.

You can also protect your equipment — and your workers — by ensuring that everyone pays strict attention to safety regulations. Working construction equipment might seem simple, but don’t be fooled. Equipment should be used for its intended purpose and only by people with adequate training.

Proper Storage

Finally, make sure you have somewhere to store your construction equipment when it won’t be in use for long stretches.

This should be some place that’s secure and keeps your machinery away from moisture, direct sunlight and other conditions that can lead to rust and other types of degradation.

San Francisco Warehousing and Storage From Sheedy Crane

One way to keep your equipment properly maintained is to make sure it’s somewhere safe when you’re not using it. If you need a place for machinery storage in San Francisco, Sheedy Crane can help.

Sheedy can receive and store your equipment on either a long or short-term basis and haul it to your job site as needed.

With our San Francisco warehousing & storage service, you’ll get:

  • Secure storage, in both open and covered varieties
  • Customized plans for either larger or long-term projects
  • We also provide handling for a wide range of equipment, including HVAC units, boilers, chillers, tanks and generators

With operations at the Port of San Francisco and Port of Stockton, Sheedy Crane can keep your construction equipment safe until you’re ready to use it. Contact us today to learn more.