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Attachment Maintenance: Extend Attachment Lifespan

Preventative maintenance is vital to keeping equipment up and running. However, it’s very easy to neglect attachment maintenance. 

The best way to prolong the lifespan of construction attachments is to perform preventative maintenance. You can’t always control what they’ll face on the jobsite, but you can control how, and when, they are maintained and repaired.


The secret to long-lived attachments starts before they arrive on your jobsite. While attachments do expand the capabilities of your equipment, they must be chosen for, and fitted to, the correct machine. 

Since each attachment is designed for a specific piece of equipment or application, you’ll have to consider jobsite conditions, climate, and material composition. Never force an attachment onto a machine it’s not made for. It can damage both the attachment and the machine.

You should always read the owner’s manual before you use the attachment for the first time, to get a sense of its operating parameters.


Proper maintenance starts with daily equipment inspections. Your operators are vital to the inspection and maintenance process. They see and use the machinery every day, so they’ll be the first to notice issues with performance. 

As your operators perform their daily inspections, they should look closely at the machine, and all attachments, and check for damage or wear. Attachment areas are especially prone to damage. 

Performing the following attachment maintenance tasks can help prevent some damage and wear: 

  • Wash and clean attachments after daily use. 
  • Inspect locking mechanisms. 
  • Check hoses and fittings for leaks or cracks.
  • Clean hoses and fittings to prevent contamination.  
  • Ensure fittings are tight. 
  • Grease fittings for proper lubrication.

When an attachment has cracked or been damaged beyond what your team can fix, it’s time to call a service team or purchase a new attachment. 


Storing attachments properly will help extend their lifespan. Even if the attachment stays on the machine, it should be moved to a sheltered location to protect it from moisture.

If you are putting an attachment away for an extended period of time, perform these maintenance tasks to protect them: 

  • Inspect for visible wear or damage.
  • Remove any used grease, dirt, or debris.
  • Lubricate grease fittings and fill exposed areas of cylinder rods with grease. 
  • Tighten hydraulic connections, loose nuts, and cap screws. 
  • Connect hydraulic couplers to protect the system from pollutants. 
  • Touch-up unpainted sections to prevent them from rusting. 


Attachment maintenance is an easy way to prolong their use. Trust your team and involve them in the inspection process to catch wear before it becomes damage. Simple maintenance and daily inspections can save you money on replacement attachments and keep your jobsite productivity up. 

Tips to Keep Your Warehouse Cool in Summer

A cool warehouse isn’t just a perk for your employees. It’s necessary to protect their health and safety. 

A hot warehouse can be deadly. The inside of a warehouse can reach 120°F or more in the summer. Humans can start to suffer from heat exhaustion at 90°F. If the temperature reaches 105°F, your employees can get heatstroke.

Learn more about protecting your workers from heatstroke

Protecting your employees and cooling your warehouse doesn’t have to be difficult. Learn how to cool your warehouse with these seven tips. 


High-Volume/Low-Speed (HVLS) fans are great for cooling large areas. They can help lower temperatures by up to 7°F. Because they are not spinning quickly, they are less likely to create an uncomfortable or distracting breezy effect. 

As important as they are, HVLS fans typically won’t provide immediate relief to overheated employees. They will slowly lower the temperature of your warehouse over several hours. 


If your warehouse has workstations, placing a small portable fan at each one can help keep your team cool. Unlike HVLS fans, small fans produce direct streams of air and can provide immediate relief to overheated employees.


Small air conditioners are great for spot-cooling part of your warehouse. Portable AC units can be rented and used on an “as needed” basis, so they’re a more cost-effective option than operating full-building systems.

Want to add a portable AC unit to your warehouse? Contact Hugg & Hall Utility Services for more information!


Dehumidifiers are great for humid climates. They take moisture out of the air, making it feel cooler and causing less discomfort. The drier the air, the faster a person’s body can cool off through sweating. 

As a bonus, dehumidifiers can even protect your product and machines from excess moisture. 

However, if your warehouse is in a dry climate, you should not use a dehumidifier. It can take too much moisture out of the air and cause discomfort.

If your warehouse would benefit from a dehumidifier, Hugg & Hall Utility Services can help


Motors and engines produce small amounts of heat. When you’re battling summer temps, even tiny amounts of heat output make a difference.

Maintaining your machines can ensure they’re producing as little heat as possible. It’s a small way to help drop the overall temperature. 


If you’ve worked hard to cool your warehouse, you don’t want to lose that cool air. Truck shelters are used in shipping and receiving areas. They create a seal between trucks and warehouse walls, keeping hot air from coming into your warehouse. 


Aside from installing a full AC system, the most labor- and cost-intensive way to cool your warehouse is to install a cool roof. These roofs are white, which helps reflect incoming heat away from your warehouse. Traditional, dark-colored roofs absorb heat and transfer it to the inside of the building. 

Cool roofs can be expensive, so they are usually only feasible when the roof already needs to be replaced. However, despite their initial cost, they can actually end up saving you money. Cool roofs reduce your energy costs over time. 


Even if your warehouse doesn’t have AC, there are ways to help keep it cool. These tips can help lower the overall temperature, protect your employees, and make a safer work environment overall. 

Work in a warehouse? We want to hear from you! How does your team keep your warehouse cool during summer? 

Visit our blog and learn more about summer heat and how it affects your warehouse or jobsite!