Taking care of your small, compact, heavy equipment is essential to the health of your business and your
investments. Your equipment failure means downtime for your business, resulting in lost revenue and increased labor
requirements. Maintenance helps keep your equipment running, increasing its lifespan, while protecting your
investment.

Here are some easy-to-implement tips that you can apply to your equipment fleet to avoid unexpected and costly
equipment failures.

Tip #1 – IDENTIFY THE TYPES OF MAINTENANCE

Start by identifying which equipment will need more maintenance than others. Equipment that is critical to your
operations and is used frequently is a great candidate for preventative maintenance. Equipment you need less
frequently is likely to be better suited for routine maintenance. We recommend that you create a schedule of specific
tasks to complete for each type of team. This may include periodic inspections, testing, and component replacements
or modifications.

Tip #2 – INCLUDE TECHNICIANS AND OPERATORS IN THE PROCESS

Train your operators and technicians in proper equipment maintenance, including proper equipment operation.
Operators who know what they’re doing are more productive on the job and are less likely to cause unnecessary
wear and tear. You should also consider including your technicians and operators in the task creation process and
this is because they work with the equipment daily and are likely to have valuable information about
maintenance tasks that will ensure that the machines receive the best possible care.

Tip #3 – CREATE CHECKLISTS

A checklist can help operators keep track of the tasks they need to complete when performing maintenance. The
following tasks will vary depending on whether you perform routine or preventative maintenance, how often you need
to perform the following tasks and the conditions in which the machine works.

  • Inspect the filters.
  • Inspect your tire pressure.
  • Inspect for cracks or damage.
  • Inspect fittings, such as hoses or cylinders.
  • Perform regular cleaning.

Tip #4 – ORDER QUALITY PARTS AND USE DIY RESOURCES

When performing maintenance, you may need to replace parts. Now, it’s easier than ever to find and order the right
parts with online tools like PCC, where you can have access to all genuine Cat parts. If you need additional help, our
team can offer support to your business, while keeping a record of all orders and services.

Tip #5 – KEEP DOCUMENTATION OF SERVICES AND REPAIRS

Keep a detailed record of the service and maintenance you perform on your equipment. This will help you keep track
of what tasks technicians completed and when, so you can determine when your equipment needs service
again. Documentation helps determine when to retire your equipment and upgrade it to something new. Digital toolslike Cat Inspect or Vision Link can help you with recommending services at the right intervals, while saving you the
the hassle of losing paper paperwork.

Tip #6 – UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FAILURES

Understanding what causes heavy equipment failure is a great way to prevent it from happening and how to react if
something happens. Some types of failures include:

  • Sudden failures occur without warning and typically require replacements or repairs of parts before the
    equipment can return to operation.
  • Gradual failures are usually the result of normal wear and tear and can be prevented through regular
    maintenance and inspections, noting components and parts that are wearing out so you can replace them
    before a failure occurs.
  • Intermittent faults can be difficult to determine and occur sporadically, usually randomly. You can
    anticipate the causes of failures and address them during maintenance.