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Beat the Heat: 6 Ways to Have Your Equipment Summer Ready!

Summer is on the way, and for some locations, it feels like it’s already here. That being said, you need to be prepared and so does your equipment! Here are some helpful ways you can keep your equipment running smoothly this summer!

  1. Keep an eye on your tires and batteries.

Tires are weakened by extreme heat which can cause blowouts. Check your tire pressure regularly. Test your batteries to make sure they are still functioning efficiently. They can stop working in high heat. Read more about how to test your starting system.

  1. Check engine belts and hoses.

If the belts and hoses on your equipment have discoloration, it could be a sign of overheating. Check them often to make sure your equipment is in good working order.

  1. Cooling system.

You get hot and thirsty during the summer, and so does your engine! Check your equipment to make sure it has the proper coolant and water levels! Also keep an eye on temperature gauges. If it’s overheating, move the machine into the shade and let it sit for a while before shutting it off.  

  1. Be mindful of heat advisories.

The hottest time of day is between 10 AM and 3 PM. Not using our equipment during this time can be counterproductive, so try to keep it to a minimum if possible, to keep the equipment, and yourself, from overheating.

  1. Store machinery properly.

If you are unable to keep your equipment in shaded areas or inside, consider a tarp or equipment cover to keep it from overheating. On especially humid days, rust and corrosion can occur, causing wear on your machine.

  1. Schedule maintenance.

Hugg & Hall is ready to dispatch someone from our service department to inspect your equipment and make sure it is in working order and meeting OSHA safety standards! Safer equipment means a safer job site!

Contact our service department today!

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.