Tips for the Proper Use & Maintenance of Construction Equipment

The Maintenance of Construction Equipment

Regular maintenance of construction equipment is an important factor in cost control. Equipment maintenance is an effective way of getting the most out of your investment. Excellent maintenance helps minimize, repair and maintenance costs, as well as going miles in maximizing both profit and production, but has the greatest impact on profits.

Other benefits you stand to gain from maintaining your construction equipment include:

  • Maintenance adds resale value
  • Maintenance minimizes downtime
  • Maintenance lengthens equipment life
  • Maintenance helps control service intervals and costs

Simply put, proper maintenance of construction equipment can reduce your operating costs significantly, both indirectly and directly. In terms of direct operating costs, it’s related to costly unscheduled repairs and machine downtime. Maintenance will help you indirectly in the sense that your equipment will always be functional thus you’ll not experience any shutdowns that can harm the entire production site. That last thing you want is to suffer thousands if not millions of dollars because of equipment failure.

Routine is Key

Adhering to recommended maintenance schedules as well as regular inspections is a major step towards proper maintenance of your construction equipment. Secondly, you must always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Remember that nobody knows the equipment better than the manufacturer. So it’s important to adhere to the manufacturer’s manual.

Have Your Own Application Related Maintenance Guide/Rules

Adding your personal application-related maintenance items is another important step to take. For instance, some harsh environments need air filters to be changed frequently. Also, undercarriages exposed to abrasive or corrosive soils require extra attention to detail. These are just some of the items that no manufacturer will ever know when it comes to individual job characteristics.

Adhere to Equipment’s Maintenance Schedule Recommended by the Manufacturer

Doing this ensures the equipment operates at optimum conditions at all times. Furthermore, you should never get tired of performing daily inspections. It goes miles in making sure that you’re able to avoid issues later. Additionally, it extends the life cycle of an equipment. Of great to note is that you need to conduct the daily inspections in an organized manner. For example, visual inspections usually determine operator techniques. On the other hand, you can conduct a deeper or more thorough inspection depending on operator suggestions and/or machine performance.

The Use of Construction Equipment

The selection and use of the appropriate size and type of construction equipment affect the needed effort and time of a project. It also highly affects jobsite productivity. Consequently, it’s not only important to select the right construction equipment, it’s also crucial to use it in the right way. Whether your construction project is paving, drilling, compaction and grading, excavation and loading etc doesn’t matter. You must use the equipment in the way that it’s supposed to.

Construction equipment can be classified into four main categories. The groups are based on use and purpose. They are:

  • Construction vehicles
  • Earth moving equipment
  • Construction equipment
  • Material handling equipment

Conduct Proper Training to Equipment Users

Ensure that the people designated to handle construction equipment are extensively trained. Unless someone can efficiently handle the equipment, he or she shouldn’t operate it.

Adhere to Safety Rules

To ensure the construction site remains safe, it’s highly important to observe safety rules religiously. Contrary to how it might sound, feel or look, handling construction equipment isn’t simple. The bedrock of a hazard free experience is safety.

Always Put on Protective Gear

Protected gears such as dipped gloves, fall gear, hard hats, goggles, etc. are great at preventing hazards at the construction site. Industrial ear plugs are also a must have on any construction site.

The equipment used at construction work should be:

  • Ideal for the intended use
  • Only used by people with necessary training, adequate information and training
  • Safe for use
  • Used based on specific requirements, for power presses and mobile work equipment

The Use and Maintenance of Construction Safety Equipment

Observing high safety levels in a construction site is very important. It protects site workers from different forms of injury. Safety equipment such as industrial ear plugs and hand protection like coated gloves should never miss in a site. Having them goes miles in protecting everyone at the site from any form of danger.

Construction equipment plays a huge role in any construction, whether big or small. For this reason, it is prudent to use such equipment in the best way possible. Additionally, make sure that you maintain your equipment regularly. Ultimately, you’ll benefit immensely in terms of reduced maintenance and repair costs as well as increased profits.

About the Author

Dennis Kaminski is the owner of SafetyMart. SafetyMart helps customers ranging from private businesses to government/municipal agencies, both large and small to address their safety needs and requirements.

36 thoughts on “Tips for the Proper Use & Maintenance of Construction Equipment

  1. Maintenance of construction equipment has been always a big challenge. I must say that these are golden tips you share for the maintenance. That would definitely help out the construction equipment business owners out there.


  2. I really like your tip to adhere to a regular maintenance schedule of earthmoving equipment. I also like what you said about how key routines are for equipment maintenance. I’ve also heard that earthmoving equipment needs to be properly insured, I’ll have to look more into it though!

  3. I like that you said that the size and type of equipment affect the needed effort and time. If I was part of a construction project then I would want to know that we are getting the job done as fast and with as little energy as possible. I think that if you use the right equipment then the project might have fewer problems along the way.

  4. At first thought, it appears to be to some degree senseless to suggest keeping construction equipment clean. It’s always in dirt and mud, so it appears like it would be a really troublesome task to clean it after every use. Besides, certain parts of the machines are exceptionally delicate, so you need to ensure the parts securing them are in good repair. Besides, keeping whatever remains of the machine for the most part clean probably wouldn’t do any harm.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Nipul. Think of cleaning heavy equipment as a means of preventive maintenance to prolong the life your machines. Dirt and debris can build up and lead to problems with the electrical and hydraulic systems.

  5. I like what was said about paying attention to the size and type of equipment used. This would enhance safety in construction projects. I have heard that entering an unprotected trench is not a good idea in regards to excavation projects. It would be wise to inspect trenches before entering.

  6. Adhering to the equipment’s maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer is an excellent way to ensure that the equipment operates at optimum conditions at all times. Properly taking care of your tools is always useful in making sure they run properly and last as long as possible. Finding out before you get your construction equipment how to properly care for it and making sure you have everything you need for maintenance seems like an excellent way to prevent any problems.

  7. Thank you for this post about maintanance. This would really help our constructions when it comes to its maintenance of construction equipment has been always a big challenge.

  8. It makes sense that you would want to stick to the maintenance schedule when it comes to heavy construction equipment. It seems like excavators tend to take a lot of damage as they work. I wonder often they should have their tracks replaced in order to function at peak condition.

  9. My brother and I have been looking for some excavator equipment that we could use to get some landscaping done at my home, and I like how you talked about how important it is to choose the right equipment. We’ve been wanting to find something that we can use to do an in ground trampoline, so having some excavator equipment to help with that would make it a lot easier. Hopefully we can get some good excavator equipment locally and figure out the best way to use it!

  10. I am going to be starting a large project in my backyard that is going to require an excavator and I am considering my options. I really appreciate these good tips on proper use and maintenance of excavation equipment. I am thinking about hiring a professional to help me out with my project and I was wondering if you have any tips on finding a good company to help me out with this. Thanks for any help!

  11. I appreciate all of the information that you listed here on how to stay safe while working construction. I think it is a really good idea to always be reviewing the safety rules religiously, just like you said. A buddy of mine is thinking about working for a company that uses heavy equipment to do manufacturing and so this information would be perfect for him. Thanks again for all the great tips!

  12. I’ve been trying to help my neighbor install a pool in his backyard but the digging is taking such a long time to do just the two of us. I really liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to use proper safety equipment and handle the maintenance regularly to avoid any problems while working. We’ll have to start looking around for a company that will have the right safety equipment and hopefully they’ll have the right equipment to handle this earthmoving.

  13. Thanks for the tip to get some industrial ear plugs when working on a construction site; that’s something I wouldn’t have thought of. There are some heavy renovations I would like to do with my home, and I was thinking that I should hire access equipment for the job. With replacing the roof, adding some new rooms, and re-configuring the kitchen area, I think I’m going to need earplugs with how much work there is to do.

  14. I really like your tip about making sure that you use gloves around industrial equipment. This way you can avoid getting any cuts and infections from possible rust. I’ll have to remember to adhere to your safety tips so that I avoid getting injured.

  15. I like that you provided some tips on how to properly maintain and use your construction equipment such as adhering to regular maintenance schedules. Getting your equipment serviced regularly would definitely prolong its life. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about incurring huge amounts of repair costs. Also, it’s best that you strictly follow the recommended instructions provided in the owner’s manual. This way, you would be able to use the equipment or machine according to its purpose. If I were to handle construction equipment or machinery, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

  16. My wife and I are thinking about getting some construction equipment to landscape our yard with, so thanks for the helpful maintenance guide. I like your point about choosing the appropriately sized equipment for the scale of the project. I think earth moving equipment is all we need, but it depends on how much room we clear for the garden.

  17. I see your point when you said that in terms of caring properly for the construction equipment, one of the best ways to do it is to train or choose the right person who will operate it as they will be able to the do the job efficiently. We tried letting an untrained professional handle the forklift operation, and for some reason, it ended up malfunctioning. I will see to it that the equipment gets repaired immediately, then I will make certain to follow your tips afterward. Thank you!

  18. It was really nice how you pointed out the importance of training someone to handle the equipment prior to letting them operate it because that will ensure that the best practices are used in utilizing them. I will be sure to do that because my company actually has plans on renting or buying an impact crusher for the building project. Since I am aware that it is a relatively expensive equipment, it only makes sense that we go out of our way to maintain it. Thank you.

  19. Thank you for taking the time to share these tips, I found them very helpful. Regular & proper maintenance of equipment is necessary. The better you take care of it, the longer it will last and the more use you’ll get out of it. Keep sharing!!!

  20. I really like how you said that maintaining your equipment and tools can help to increase the resale value. Hiring someone who knows how to do this kind of tool repair could actually be really lucrative for you in the long run. That way you can be sure to sell for more than you bought or at least for not as little as it could be normally.

  21. I can agree with you when you said that handling of construction materials is not simple and that following the safety guidelines is the only way to stay safe. I am pretty sure though that the workers know how to follow safety guidelines in operation. What I am concerned with is how to not overwork the machine as we are only planning to rent one for the job. Still, I appreciate your advice.

  22. How often should we perform inspections? I really want to take good care of this machinery. Like you said, it adds to that resale value, improving its overall worth.

    1. You should visually inspect before each use and schedule maintenance work as recommended by the manufacturer.

  23. This is such a great post. Every construction operator should know these maintenance tips to extend equipment life.

  24. I feel great knowing that properly maintaining construction equipment can add resale value, minimize downtime, add more to its lifespan, and control service intervals and costs. In my opinion, another way to keep a construction site efficient is to practice a daily garbage disposal routine with rental bins. Doing this will not only keep the workplace organized but also keep employees healthy as well.

  25. I like the tip that you gave to follow the safety rules that are given for industrial equipment. My dad may purchase an industrial service company, and he wants my help to start if he does. I will be sure to check the safety rules beforehand, so I can be confident that he can stay safe if he decides to purchase it.

  26. The use of heavy equipment call for a lot of maintenance and safety measures to prevent major problems down the road. The last thing you would want on a job site is non-working equipment due to improper maintenance, frequent breakdowns, thereby slowing down your operations. Here are some safety tips for operators of heavy earth moving equipment to keep the machine up and running all the time.

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