How to Extend the Life of your Loader

Sometimes even when the equipment is being operated by experienced heavy machinery operators its productivity and longevity can be diminished if they misuse some functions. If the operator handles the machinery in a way that causes premature component wear it increases the risk of the loader deteriorating before its time. The risk of premature deterioration increases even more if a new operator starts operating the loader. This is the reason behind manufacturers constantly stressing the importance of proper training for equipment operators irrespective of what their experience level is.

Often a lot of equipment manufacturers as well as dealers also offer operator training whenever a new machine is sold. If companies start to accept the manufacturer’s operator training it would resolve a lot of issues. The newer machines are equipped with more modern technology and most of the time operators are unaware of these changes, this results in them facing a lot of problems down the line. By accepting the manufacturer’s operator training you can be sure that the machine’s operator is aware of all the functions of the loader. Having training for the particular machine that you will be operating will ensure that you always know what you are doing.

Operator’s Manual

Consult the operator’s manual as it outlines the proper techniques to use the loader. You can learn about features to improve productivity and comfort from the manual. You can also avoid a lot of problems by consulting the operator’s manual and using the operational techniques outlined in it.

Go Easy on the Buckets

Usually the wheel loader’s front pins, bucket, bucket wear plates and teeth see the most damage. And it is due to a lack of general maintenance that the wear and tear on these areas is sped up. Make sure to grease the front pins regularly and follow all the daily service guidelines that are prescribed in the manual to avoid premature deterioration.

If you do not pay attention to the buckets it can result in the machine requiring costly repairs. Instead of letting the damage extend from the wear plates to the bucket you should turn or replace them. If the bucket ends up getting damaged and tearing up due to the plates, it will cost you a lot of money. The choice of bucket also has an impact on how quickly it deteriorates. When you are selecting the bucket, you need to be just as careful as you are when choosing the used cat equipment that you will purchase. And make sure that the bucket that you selected is appropriate for the tasks it will be performing and the material it will be carrying. Doing so will ensure that the loader operates efficiently and there is minimal front end component wear.


Take it Easy on the Brakes

Wheel loaders feature brakes that work by friction and generate heat. If you over apply these breaks it will result in them overheating and causing premature wear. Usually untrained operators make the mistake of going too fast and end up having to make short, quick stops that overtime can result in early break failure. By taking it easy on the breaks you can extend their life, so, make sure to train your operators to slow down before applying the brakes.