Compact Equipment

OCT 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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56 Compact Equipment OCTOBER 2018 Follow These Important Maintenance Tips for Your Utility Locators By Richard Fling E lectromagnetic locator equipment is the primary tool utilities and contractors use to locate buried utilities to avoid damage during contracting in- volving excavation or other soil engaging work. To mark accurate buried utility locations, the equip- ment must be in good condition and must be operated correctly. Today's equipment locators are precision instru- ments, and while they are in rugged cases to protect them from damage, it can still occur. The focus of this article is how to maintain locators to keep them in optimal operat- ing condition. Preventing Damage Careful handling helps prevent damage. No responsible technician carelessly tosses a locator in the back of a truck, but accidental bumps and drops do happen. Any time pos- sible damage is suspected, a quick, easy and informal test is to locate a known buried utility line. Never make locates with equipment if there is a doubt that the locator doesn't work properly. A faulty locate can result in a utility strike that at the least interrupts vital services, shuts down con- struction and can result in costly damage and serious inju- ries. A ruptured gas line can cause a major disaster. If there ENSURE PROPER DETECTION T H E P O W E R O F H A N D T O O L S Careful handling helps prevent damage. No responsible technician carelessly tosses a locator to the ground.

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