Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

OCT 2018

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contaminate-caused wear, Chevron sug- gests that you: "start with a clean new oil that meets the OEM standards, monitor in-service lubricants and keep in-service lubricants within OEM specifications." Because there are different kinds of oil and grease, the right lubricant is very important. An Upgrade – Saving Energy, Saving Cost Spending more on lubricants may not seem very effective, because maintenance personnel can find it hard to justify the higher cost when they cannot see the savings before the purchase. Also, when high-performance oil is used, it is difficult to record those savings. However, some maintenance person - nel have viewed the upgrade of lubricants with a different outlook. They have deter- mined the use of performance-formulated lubricants as justifiable because they have measured energy savings derived from using "synthetic lubricants with high film strength, friction-reducing additive technology," according to Royal Purple, a manufacturer of high-end synthetic lubri - cants. Energy savings, as a result of those high-performance lubricants, can coun- terweigh the increased cost of purchase. Improved lubricant quality can result in the documentation of energy sav- ings, which can then lead to a reduc- tion of maintenance costs and an in- crease of equipment reliability, as well as profitability. Field Service One way to improve the maintenance of equipment is to provide solutions for field maintenance needs. For example, one large piece of equipment that offers a field maintenance solution is Thunder Creek's Service and Lube Trailer (SLT). It has been redesigned to provide extended storage. Owners who have recently purchased the trailer can install many features and preferences to expand their field service needs, such as for DEF sys - tems and rear utility boxes. The front en- closure is larger than the previous model, providing owners more space to "add toolboxes, workbenches, grease delivery systems and added oil/fluid capacity." The trailer also has a combination genera - tor/air compressor or an optional 3-in-1 welder/generator/air compressor to help with field maintenance and repairs. Telematics A further way to practice preventive maintenance of heavy equipment is using telematics, an interactive device that can be installed in a vehicle to capture data. This type of technology allows owners to create their own maintenance intervals for servicing a machine or replacing parts, and then be notified when those inter - vals are met. Many solutions can monitor the performance of various components of a machine, detect mechanical failures and alert supervisors at the office or in the field. D.I.Y. or Send it Out? When it comes to servicing your equipment for maintenance and repairs, choosing in-house technicians or a third party should be de - termined based on many fac- tors such as cost savings and control, quality of work and customer service, and assets and parts. Cost plays a major factor in deciding what type of maintenance to pursue. In- house technicians can give the company more control over their costs, thus avoid - ing markups. Yet, costs can be high when staffing, training and inventory manage- ment is needed to provide an in-house technician program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 automotive maintenance and repair me- chanics made an average of $39,360 per year. The initial costs of training and inventory are not included in that sum, and so an in-house technician would cost even more for the company, whereas third parties are usually able to spread such costs out. With regards to quality of work and customer service, in some cases, third party providers may be desired for spe - cialized work and in-house technicians for general maintenance, due to the fact that some technicians may not have the proper expertise to complete a job if there is not enough time to train them properly. Having an inventory of equipment and parts is extremely important if you choose to do-it-yourself. It can take time to order the right pieces and can often cost more for individual purchases. Outside sources often have fully stocked parts inventories. LC DBM Right This compact track loader has been redesigned for accessibility and easier maintenance. Inspections of standard service items are simplified because the engine area comprises a three-panel hood and a tilting cooler ar- rangement, along with sight gauges for hydraulic oil and coolant. The tracks' roller wheels are made with mechanical face seals, which means no mainte- nance is required. Left The Lumax Grease Coupler (LX-1403) is a lock and release mechanism that has a 4-jaw design and an integrated non-return valve, enabling the coupler to withstand up to 22,000 PSI burst pressure. This heavy duty, quick-release cou- pler has a working pressure of 15,000 PSI. Also, it can fit into small spaces and, due to its integrated 1/8-inch NPT connection, is considered compatible with most hand, battery-powered or air operated grease guns. October 2018 59

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