Managing Heavy Equipment

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Managing Heavy Equipment

Keeping up with a fleet of heavy equipment can be a daunting task. However, I've found that there are a few things that I can do to make it easier on myself. For example, I invested in heavy equipment management software that is helping me keep up with the maintenance and equipment schedule for all of my equipment and machines. When I started using the software, I realized that some of my equipment wasn't getting enough maintenance, and others were getting too much. The software has really streamlined my system and helped me save money. I'm writing this blog to help others learn how to manage their own heavy equipment more effectively. Using software and other equipment management tools and strategies can help you save money too.

3 Signs You Excavator Needs Clutch Repair

Because an excavator is so large and has such huge blind spots, it is critical that it is in peak working condition in order to make sure that the operator is able to maneuver it safely, without losing control. If any of the following signs occur, you need to make sure that you take the excavator in to get its clutch looked at, in order to make sure that you and everyone around the excavator can stay safe.

1. Gears are Slipping

Because many excavators are manually operated, there is the chance that the clutch plate could wear out. This will result in the gears slipping, which means that they slip from one to another without warning or any effort on your part. One sign that the gears are slipping is if the excavator suddenly jerks forward, or stops entirely. If these signs occur, make sure that you temporarily stop the excavator and use another tool until the clutch is looked at. There is a chance that oil could have leaked from the engine and caused the gears to become excessively slippery, but there is a greater chance that the gear plate has worn down and will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

2. Clutch is Not Responding Quickly

Another sign that your excavator's clutch might not be working properly is if it is unresponsive when you attempt to move it. This means that it could respond more slowly, take more force to move, or not respond at all. This is dangerous because, in order to operate heavy machinery safely, it is important that you are fully in control and do not have the wrestle with the clutch. One reason why the clutch would be hard to move is if it is out of alignment, in which case a simple adjustment is necessary. Another cause is there is a leak in the vessel that holds the hydraulic fluid, which would result in a loss of pressure. Fixing this leak is critical to your vehicle's performance.

3. There's a Burning Smell

If you smell burning near the front of the excavator, especially near the clutch, this is usually because the clutch is grinding against other equipment when you try to move it, producing sparks which produces a burning smell. If this is the problem, then you just need to have the clutch adjusted.

For more information, contact a machine shop that specializes in excavators and other heavy construction equipment maintenance.