With the cost of fuel at an all-time high, it’s becoming even more necessary to find small ways to lower consumption and avoid excessive fuel expense that eat into profits.
Here are a few tips to reduce fuel consumption:
Daily inspections as routine
This is an obvious one, but a pre-shift inspection can pinpoint issues before they become serious problems. A thorough inspection can take as little as 20 minutes once you get in a routine. Here is a link to an excavator inspection checklist
Switch the machine to Eco-mode
Use the Energy Saving Report on Komtrax to review whether your machine is operating too much in P-mode (Power mode). Switching the machine to Eco-mode when working with light and very light loads can cut fuel consumption by 5-8%. Check Komtrax for your machine’s latest energy saving report.
Excessive idling time
Some idling is necessary but excessive idling burns through copious amounts of fuel. The average idle time on an excavator is 30% (20% in quarry conditions) – use the Energy Saving Report on Komtrax to monitor idling percentages and how many times the machine has warned the driver of long idling times.
Ensure air filters are changed at advised service interval hours
Regular maintenance is important for many reasons, but a clogged or dirty air filter will have an adverse effect on fuel consumption and engine performance. Refer to your machine’s operations manual for advised filter change intervals.
Check tyre pressures
Like cars, under-inflated tyres on wheeled excavators etc will lead to excessive fuel burn. Spend a few minutes that tyres are appropriately inflated for the job.
Match the machine to the job
Using an appropriately sized machine for the project will not only improve daily productivity but will also save on fuel consumption.