Your construction equipment is what powers your livelihood. But, these tools don’t exactly last a lifetime. Without proper maintenance, they can become ineffective or even unusable. Since replacement costs can be very expensive, every contractor will benefit from learning how to prolong the lifespan of their tools.
A Construction Equipment Guide for Contractors
1) Practice Proper Storage
If you want your tools to stand the test of time, you must treat them with respect. You can’t just leave your tools anywhere and expect them not to get damaged.
Instead, you might want to provide your employees with tool boxes, carts or chests to encourage them to properly store construction equipment. This strategy can help prevent tools from rusting or cracking prematurely.
2) Clean Tools Thoroughly
Another easy way to keep your tools running in tip-top shape is to clean them regularly. If dust, dirt and rust is allowed to accumulate, it can shorten the life of almost any tool.
Cleaning equipment is easy if you do it regularly. These five simple steps will work for most types of tools.
- Use a shop vacuum and compressed air to clean out dust
- Wipe down tools with soap and water
- Use a stiff brush or steel wool to remove rust
- Lubricate moving parts where appropriate
- Fasten any loose parts
3) Replace Worn out Parts Regularly
You can extend the life of your power tools by regularly replacing parts that are prone to the effects of wear and tear.
Some types of interchangeable parts tend to wear out regularly, including:
- Drill bits
It’s recommended that you change these worn out parts approximately 75 percent of the way through their life cycle. Every time you change an ailing part, you will notice a drastic difference in the performance of your power tools.
4) Create a System for Inspections
Your employees may not always be thinking about prolonging the life of your construction equipment. Since they may get busy and forget about tool maintenance, you will benefit from creating a system for inspections.
You could provide a quick checklist for your employees to fill out at the end of the day. This strategy will guarantee that they follow the appropriate steps. Your daily checklist might require your employees to examine tools for warning signs of aging, such as rust, corrosion and other imperfections.
By taking these preventive steps, your tools will likely last much longer, saving you time, money and aggravation.