As an excavator owner or operator, it’s advisable not to fire up your excavator from cold and start working straight away. We appreciate that time is money but its hard to ignore the long & short-term benefits of performing a routine walkaround inspection that when routine, can take as little as 15/20 minutes to perform.
Performing a simple walk around inspection be the first defence against unnecessary downtime and expense by spotting small-scale issues before they turn into project-stalling breakdowns.
Here’s a basic checklist for the walkaround inspection – always keep an eye out for missing, cracked, leaking components or parts that need cleaning/clearing of debris:
- Serial Number Plate
- External Mirrors
- Right side cover of the machine including compartments
- Swing circle
- Undercarriage Components – links, idlers, rollers and sprockets
- Rear Camera
- Left side cover of machine
- Work Lights
- Inside Cab – horn, seat, camera view, mirror
- Cab Filter
- Arm, Boom, Bucket Cylinders, Hoses
- Boom foot pin including connections & hoses
- Bucket pins, links and teeth
- Engine Hood – hoses, level gauge, filters, muffler, pump, turbo
- Oil lever in swing machinery
Report any findings verbally to your supervisor, and if necessary, in writing.
There are a few tips for the end of a shift to ensure a safe & productive start the next day:
- Always disconnect the main battery switch
- Be sure to fill the tank with fuel at the end of a shift, this avoids a build-up of condensation within the tank overnight.
- Clean the undercarriage especially during the colder months to avoid hard work in the morning to clear frozen or clogged packing.