Your skid steer plays an important role in your daily operations. If your skid steer isn’t working properly, your operations come to a screeching halt. Proper daily skid steer maintenance not only helps you avoid unexpected repairs, it also helps ensures efficient operations and extends the life of your skid steer.
So the question is, what constitutes proper maintenance? While different skid steers may require special care, here are a few daily maintenance tips from the experts at V-Bar Equipment Company, your source for skid steer rentals in Abilene, TX.
Check the fuel and engine oil
At the beginning of each day, check to make sure your skid steer has enough fuel and that you are using the correct type of fuel. If you’re not sure, consult your owner’s manual. Typically, diesel fuels with ultra-low sulfur are preferable; they are better for your equipment and for the environment.
You should also check your oil levels, ensuring that the oil is clean and not too low. Regular oil changes should be part of your maintenance routine, regardless of the appearance of the oil. Most manufacturers recommend that you change the oil and oil filter in your skid steer about once a month, or every 250 working hours.
Monitor the fluids
Besides the engine oil, there are other fluids, such as hydraulic fluid and coolants, that you should be checking every day. Monitoring these fluid levels will help you identify any potential problems (such as leaks, loose fittings or failed seals) early on before they turn into major repairs.
Inspect the engine
Your skid steer’s engine should also be part of your daily checklist. You should inspect your engine for any obvious problems, including the air filter system, which can quickly become clogged or dirty depending on the environment you work in. You should also inspect such key engine components as the oil cooler screens, the radiator and the engine coolant system. If you don’t catch problems in these areas early on, your skid steer may run less efficiently or overheat, and you’ll be left with expensive repairs.
Check the tires
The final item on your daily maintenance checklist should be your tires. Tire problems can cause safety issues, regardless of what type of environment you work in. You should check your tire pressure and make adjustments as necessary. You should also be on the lookout for dented or bent rims and uneven wear in the tread; these can be signs of serious problems.
By making these four tips part of your daily skid steer maintenance check, you can ensure that your skid steer operates efficiently, avoid expensive repairs and ensure the longevity of your skid steer.
If you don’t have a skid steer of your own, but are looking to rent one from a company that ensures all their rental equipment is in top working order, check out our selection. V-Bar Equipment Company is proud to be a premier source for skid steer rentals in Abilene, TX. Just call us today to learn more!
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