Compact Equipment

SEP 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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50 Compact Equipment SEPTEMBER 2018 W ith many attachment options, compact wheel loaders play a pivotal role in jobsite applications ranging from snow removal to street cleaning. These versatile and durable machines are easy to main- tain, but a proactive approach can make the difference between a productive day at work and an expensive visit to the dealer. Protecting the longevity of a compact wheel loader starts up front. Key considerations include every- thing from daily inspections to 3,000-hour checks. Daily To-Dos Prior to starting the machine, do a quick visual check of the compact wheel loader, including these items: • Make sure the machine is free from debris in vital areas like the radiator, AC condenser and exhaust. If there is a large accumulation of debris, the operator should use com- pressed air or high-pressure water to remove the debris prior to operation. • Search for visible oil leaks. • If applicable, drain the fuel and water separator. • Look at tire pressure and condition. Punctures or gouges, metal showing or inadequate tread depths are all signs of poor tire condition. • All vital fluid levels should be checked and refilled if nec- essary, including engine oil, engine coolant, hydraulic oil, fuel and windshield washer fluid. WHEEL LOADER MAINTENANCE MUSTS A Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly List of Upkeep Issues By Keith Kramlich Before climbing into the cab, the operator should clean the mirrors and windows, especially if they used pressurized air or water to shed debris. ▼

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