Construction equipment is essential for not only the construction industry itself, but for each industry that’s able to function after the building or structure has been crafted. In 2014, for example, the North American construction equipment market accounted for 21% of the entire worldwide revenue.
Whether you’re working with crushing bars, grouser bar tracks, tipping grids, ice lugs, dozers, or any other kind of construction equipment, make sure that you’re staying on top of the necessary maintenance to ensure proper functionality. Dozers, for instance, will use single grousers,which can have only one tooth which can easily be damaged. By definition, crushing equipment receives a lot of wear and tear, and these repairs are inevitable.
According to For Construction Pros, proper construction equipment maintenance is an essential part of any crushing bar operation. It’s just as important, however, to realize when you’re overdoing it and providing excessive maintenance to your equipment, which can result in major issues.
It’s recommended that purchasing tools, gear, and machinery that are high in quality rather than saving a quick buck on poorly made items. Once you’ve acquired enough quality tools and items, that’s when you can begin to assess your maintenance needs.
“First, get a top-quality crushing plant designed for your specific needs,” said John Thompson, president of Thompson Recycle in Tecumseh, Michigan. “Second, establish a sensible maintenance and repair schedule and stick to it.”
The majority of equipment manufacturers produce crushers that will last between 10 and 15 years, but, as Thompson explained, with proper maintenance, it can last a lot longer.
“We run our crushing operations from March 15 through December 15,” he added. “We’ve been in business for about nine and a half years and have moved from one site to another more than 500 times. We’ve crushed about 14 million tons of asphalt rubble, and our plant is still solid, efficient, dependable and runs like a top. “I look to get 20 to 25 years from my impactor plant.”
Having an extra stock of replacement crushing bars on hand is extremely helpful as well. Even if you’re taking excellent care of your equipment, you never know when something major will go wrong.
If you want to learn more about crushing equipment use and maintenance, contact 4ncorp today.