Compact excavators are crucial pieces of equipment for smaller jobs and on more confined jobsites. You need them operating at top performance in order to complete your projects effectively and efficiently. To help you out, we've put together a list of best practices to help you get the most out of your compact excavator.
Do daily inspections
Operators should conduct a daily walkaround check before beginning work each shift. It's important to inspect the engine oil, hydraulic fluid, and coolant and top off when needed. Always ensure you're using the manufacturer suggested fluid. It's also important to drain any water or debris that may have built up in the fuel filter, or replace it if necessary. Lastly, check the hydraulic hoses and air system for leaks. Daily inspections will help you find problems and fix them when they are small, so you aren't waiting until they become larger, more expensive issues.
Don't forget the grease gun
After your daily check, inspect all pivot points on your compact excavator and grease where needed. Something that is often completely overlooked is the bucket or attachment. Be sure to check all the pivot points on the attachment as well, and grease if needed. If you aren't sure where to grease your compact excavator or how to do it, contact our service team at Great Southern Equipment.
Wash the cooling system components
Ensure your radiator, oil cooler, and other heat exchangers are kept clean during operation. Look for any accumulated debris and wipe down the surfaces when necessary. Slow oil or coolant leaks tend to collect dust and other particulate matter. If you see this type of build up, then it could be a sign of a larger problem.
Always consult the owner's manual
You might hear it a lot, but it is crucial to utilize OEM filters and manufacturer suggested fluids and fuel types. Your compact excavators were engineered, developed, and tested with these fluids and filters, and any difference in specs can affect the performance of the machine. You'll want to check your equipment's operator manual and make sure that you are keeping up with the regular maintenance intervals. Ask our service team about regular service intervals to be confident your equipment is getting the maintenance it requires at the proper intervals—again, it's always better to stay on top of things than to wait for a bigger problem to develop.