Construction equipment is extraordinarily expensive. It can also make you and your company a significant amount of money by streamlining your work. However, this is only possible if you properly care for, maintain, and store your construction equipment. Proper operation is key to getting the most from your investment as well.
Before your company invests in construction equipment, you should carefully consider the purchase and use. How long would you expect to be able to use the equipment? How much money will it make you each day it operates, and what is the total cost of operating it daily? One great resource as you work on figuring this out is the supplier. A construction equipment supplier has extensive knowledge of the operation, regular maintenance, and potential problems of various pieces of equipment. Once you find a supplier you trust, work on building and maintaining a relationship with them.
Employee training is another key strategy to protecting your investment in construction equipment. If your employees don’t know how to care for, operate, and maintain the equipment, you will have many more breakdowns, problems, and downtime. They need to have full knowledge and confidence of all the controls of a specific piece of equipment before operating it. Even if an employee has worked for you for a long time, refresher training is always a good idea.
Another key consideration is the long-term care of your construction equipment. This includes storing it properly when it is not being used. Extreme temperatures can be hard on equipment. Regular cleaning should be performed when the unit is being used and before it is stored between jobs. Follow the regular maintenance schedule as set out by the manufacturer. With proper care, construction equipment can be a great investment for your company.