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Tips To Keeping Your Equipment Up & Running In The Heat

For equipment owners/users, warmer temperatures present unique challenges which require seasonal maintenance routines. Hugg & Hall Equipment Company is dedicated to supporting their customers through the equipment renting, owning and/or maintenance process. As such, here are some tips for keeping equipment operational amid sweltering temperatures.

 

  • Check your engines!

When it’s warm outside, engines are warm, too. In warmer temps, it’s essential that engines have the correct coolant and oil levels. To prevent damage to your radiator and engine, make sure to regularly check that water, coolant and oil remain at manufacturer recommended levels.

  • Check for leaks!

Equipment should be regularly checked for leaks. Remember to regularly check for hydraulic/oil leaks around seals and bolts.  

  • Check your brakes!

It’s especially important to check your brakes in the warmer months. Brake friction is less reliable when it’s hot outside because brakes are adjusting to the additional heat. Make sure to check your brakes often… you may prevent a disaster!

  • Properly store your equipment!

It’s important to give equipment reprieve from direct sunlight. Because the heat can have negative effects on some equipment components, consider storing your equipment outside of direct sunlight or, at the very least, use tarps for sun protection.

  • Check your coolant!

It’s essential to use the correct concentration of coolant in the summer. Operators are typically advised to use a 50/50 concentration of coolant to water. Too much water can lead to decay, a lower boiling point and further damage.

  • Check your belts!

If you’re concerned about overheating, make sure to check for discolored hoses and loose belts, belt maintenance is often overlooked. These are often early indicators of an overheated machine and regularly checking for signs can keep you out of a pickle.

  • Remember to grease!

To keep your engines up and running, don’t forget to properly grease. Check the machine’s manual to confirm you’re using the appropriate grease, and as often as advised. Since dirt and grime can mix with grease and catalyze wear and tear on equipment, it’s suggested to regularly clean machines.

  • Cool your jets!

During the summer heat, it’s especially important to ensure your cooling system is operating effectively. Machines should be regularly inspected for debris to optimize air flow. It’s advised to habitually clean cooling systems with compressed air and to check radiators, inlets and outlets for grime and debris.

  • Check your tires!

Summer heat adds extra stress on tires. It’s essential to check tire pressure often. Tire pressure can increase with the temperature so regularly check that tires aren’t over-inflated.

  • Continue regular preventive maintenance!

In congruence with these extra steps, don’t forget to continue all standard preventive maintenance procedures. Consult machine’s manuals to confirm your maintenance routine covers all the bases!

Hugg & Hall is dedicated to supporting their customers. For any maintenance question, contact our service department. Our service representatives are willing, and happy, to assist you.

Optimize Engine Efficiency

Optimize Engine Efficiency

Engine maintenance is a constantly evolving subject which requires regularly updated tweaks to stay current with persistent advancements. Hugg & Hall is committed to supporting their customers and assembled this list of quick tips on how to optimize the efficiency of the most advanced engines.

Fuel

One can’t speak on engine viability without speaking on appropriate fuel usage. One way to improve engine productivity is to improve fuel usage procedures. An issue limiting engine efficiency is ethanol-based fuel. Ethanol is a water-alluring substance. This is bad news for engine longevity because water can inflict corrosive patterns and damage carburetors. This issue can be resolved in a couple of ways. One way is to use fuel stabilizers which work to keep fuel fresh, remove water to prevent corrosion and cleanse carburetors. Stabilizers may also protect engines from gum, varnish, rust and corrosion. However you look at engine maintenance, fuel stabilizers are a great option for better productivity. Another option is to use ethanol-free fuel. Having said that, even if you choose to use ethanol-free fuel, fuel stabilizers remain a great way to better engine longevity. Being mindful of the fuel you’re choosing is the first step in optimizing engine efficiency.

Oil

Another obvious indicator of engine health are the engine oil procedures used. Regularly scheduled oil changes are integral to engine productivity. Most engines require oil changes every 100 hours of operation. However, smaller utility equipment, which utilize air-cooled engines, require oil changes every 50 hours of operation. As improvements to oil and oil systems continue to develop, oil change intervals are expected to extend. It’s important to review the owner’s manual for engine maintenance recommendations and engine oil guidelines. In order to avoid wasting money or damaging your engine, it’s important to have an appropriate maintenance schedule. Another oil tip is to consider full-synthetic oil options as this type of oil is typically designed to accommodate longer usage intervals in higher-heat environments. Some synthetic oil options also include anti-wear components which may improve engine viability. Potential engine oil developments on the horizon include reservoirs which continually exchange oil from the engine to an external reservoir and vice versa. This process reduces the breakdown of oil, keeps engines cooler and thus extends oil change intervals. So be on the lookout for the enactment of this technology.

Air

Air is an important aspect of the efficiency and productivity of many engines. Smaller, air-cooled engines require fresh air in order to maintain a high-level of performance and longevity. Regularly changing engine air filters is an integral maintenance routine with disastrous implications if left undone. Another thing to consider is the use of OEM filters as opposed to cheaper options. OEM/cyclonic filters offer a higher-performing option that extends use by as much as three times. The higher-performing filters also better the productivity of machines and extend the overall lifespan of engines. Engine owners are encouraged to review manuals to ensure that comprehensive, appropriate maintenance is performed regularly.