Manufacturers build construction equipment to last, so it can be jarring when a piece of heavy equipment begins to show signs of approaching the end of its useable life. There comes a time in every construction business where you can no longer put off the inevitable, and employers need to purchase new equipment. Check out these telltale signs you need new construction equipment.
Signs you may need to replace your construction equipment
Construction equipment’s life expectancy is usually entirely dependent on how workers use and care for over its lifespan. However, even if your equipment only endures minor workloads, you maintain it exactly to schedule, and service it right away when needed, heavy equipment can still reach the end of its life. Here are some of the most obvious signs you need to replace your equipment:
Discolored thick exhaust
When the exhaust from your machine starts to come out an irregular color or in irregular manners, you need to discontinue the use of the equipment immediately and have a specialist look at it. Exhaust changes can signify major issues such as a ventilation failure or something as simple as dirty or clogged air filters. Either way, running these machines can worsen the problem and get you in trouble with OSHA.
Rapidly depleting fluid levels
If the fluid levels of your machine are depleting much faster than they should or typically do, take it in to have a professional look at it. This can be a sign of leaking hoses or faulty valves. Both of these could be from the equipment wearing down over time and may be irreparable. This is a telltale sign that the equipment doesn’t have much time left before you must retire it.
How to prevent early replacement
One of the best ways to keep your construction company running smoothly is to prevent future equipment from meeting its fate prematurely. Here are some ways to prevent early replacement for construction equipment:
Providing your new machine with proper maintenance often is the best way to ensure it lives a long and productive life. Keeping a log of every lubrication, engine check, and any other maintenance performed on the equipment is key to helping you keep on schedule with the equipment maintenance.
Replace parts as they become outdated or stop functioning
Replacing parts as they become less viable is another great way to extend the life of your construction equipment. For example, replacing a final drive in an old machine can help the machine run like it’s much newer again. Also, always replenish fluids in your machines—lubrication can make or break a piece of equipment’s life.