Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

OCT 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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Manufacturers are always searching for ways to make their machines more serviceable and ac- cessible for contractors. The practice of maintain- ing equipment is crucial to enhancing productiv- ity, as well as ensuring machine dependability and safety. So, what are some ways to properly maintain equipment, thereby saving costs and improving equipment reliability? The Starting Point Of course, proactive and preventive mainte- nance of equipment is very important in order to save costs, prevent machine failures and improve equipment performance. Manufacturers advise that an authorized dealer should per - form the initial inspections of the machine. From there, the standard maintenance checks should include daily inspections, weekly main- tenance and service intervals. These procedures should be regularly documented for tracking and reference purposes. Also thoroughly inspect tools and equipment prior to use. Good Lubrication It is important to have a good oil analysis and lubrication program for proper maintenance. According to Chevron, particle contamination causes 82% of mechanical wear. The micro parti- cles enter the oil in the lubrication zone through the machine parts, and generate wear. To reduce Keeping Machines Well by Chanté McKowan, LC/DBM Above Thunder Creek's Service and Lube Trailer (SLT) includes a new chassis, a front- end design and a modular design that can allow owners to add features and components. It has the capacity to hold 440 gallons of fluid in up to eight tanks, comprising diesel fluid, oil delivery, used oil reclama- tion, grease delivery, antifreeze, DEF and more, allowing for easy access while out in the field. Right On JCB Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders, all daily checks and greasing can be performed at ground level. The daily maintenance points, pre-filters, oil and air filters are accessed via a large, rear service door, which is recessed for protection from potential impact damage. If access to major components is required, the cab can be tilted in less than five minutes. M 58 LCDBM Maintained

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