After purchasing used machinery, it becomes very important that you properly deploy the used equipment. Though used equipment is a cost-effective option, it is often considered to have more risks. So, you must deploy it properly.
In this post, we are going to discuss some of the essential safety tips for deploying used machinery. Let’s check that
- Check the Maintenance: Though it is assumed that you have checked the maintenance factors during purchase, however, it is essential that you carefully recheck the maintenance history. Check for the backhoe loader and see whether it has required regular repairs and continues to have cracked metal in that area. Inspect the other areas of the equipment like the brakes and the tires of the machinery. If you find a skid steer loader damaged, then replace it so that it does not create a problem later on. Check for any cracks on the exteriors, too, so as to inspect any infrastructural cracks in the machinery.
- Fluid Level: When you inspect the equipment, check each fluid level so as to get a holistic view; if you see that the hydraulic fluid or transmission fluid has not been maintained, it can’t transfer heat effectively and smoothly. Try to also check for dark and dirty fluid as it can be a danger for the equipment. Ensure that brake fluid is not contaminated. Try to also look for leaking coolant or lubricant and the underneath of the equipment to look for any residue piling.
- Check for Welding: Try to check for common places where cracks can occur, especially in the loader arms or bucket of the construction equipment. Lack of proper welding in your equipment can be potentially hazardous as well as make it difficult to work. Also, checkmarks for additional welding, which is not performed by the original equipment manufacturer, can be a sign of weakness.
- Check the type of Exhaust: Different colors of exhaust shows possible malfunctions. If you see a white exhaust even after the machine has been warmed up, the chances are that the machine is malfunctioning. Also, do check for black exhaust or blue smoke, which can happen due to too much gas burning in the wrong way or oil burning in the engine, which can be potentially quite dangerous.
- Proper Training: After you have purchased the equipment and made the inspection of the used equipment properly, make sure you organize a formal training of the employees with the used equipment. If you don’t train your employees properly with a new “used” machine, the chances are that they might not efficiently work properly with it.
Apart from these safety tips on deploying used machinery, it is essential to consult the specialist and ask all your doubts and questions regarding the deployment of machinery. Ensure that when you purchase such used equipment, you inspect it properly along the lines of quality, maintenance history, accuracy etc., so that you can get a proper deal out of it.