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The U.S. is the second largest construction market in the world, representing around 10% of the total market share. But to keep all of that construction equipment functioning properly, it needs to be properly cared for -- otherwise, you might be forced to seek out repairs or look at heavy equipment for sale before you know it. Excavators, in particular, need to be kept in tip-top condition so they can function when you need them most. Below, we'll take a look at just a few of the ways you can extend the life of your excavator by paying close attention to undercarriage maintenance.

  1. Keep It Clean
    It may seem obvious, but it really is important: the first rule of excavator undercarriage maintenance is to keep it clean. After each day on the job, operators need to clean out the dirt that has become caught underneath the equipment. Sometimes, this may require the use of shovels or even pressure washers. Failure to keep the undercarriage clean can lead to buildup and speed up wear and tear, especially when work is being done in harsh climates; when the mud and debris freezes, you'll be in trouble. If you don't want to spend your summer looking for heavy equipment for sale to replace your worn-out excavator, be sure to clean it out on a daily basis.

  3. Know How To Minimize Track Wear
    Experienced workers may think they know better than the instruction manual when it comes to operating heavy machinery. But when they get complacent or overly confident, this may result in unnecessary wear (and subsequently, a shorter lifespan). But there are steps you can take to limit the damage you do to the undercarriage during regular use. In general, operators should make wider turns, limit the time they spend on hills and slopes, decrease spinning, and avoid rough environments and materials (like extremely cold temperatures or working on rough asphalt or concrete) whenever possible. This can help to ensure you won't have to look at heavy equipment for sale earlier than expected.

  5. Inspect It Regularly
    The best way to extend the life of your excavator is to keep an eye on the equipment. Full undercarriage inspections will allow you to spot uneven or excessive wear, damage, or missing parts. Frequent inspections may be necessary if you regularly work in challenging or harsh conditions. Be sure to look at the track bolts, chains, shoes, and tension as well as the drive motor and sprockets, idlers and rollers, and rock guards. Watch out for oil leaks, too.

While these tips should help prevent an excavator becoming damaged or worn-out before its time, certain incidents may not be able to be avoided. And if your excavator is nearing the end of its life, you'll need to start thinking about investing in heavy equipment for sale not too far down the line. Whether you want to buy a brand new piece of equipment or need a short-term rental, Grand Equipment is here to help. For more information, get in touch with us today.

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