Best Practices

Equipment Fleet Management Strategies

Properly managing your heavy equipment is crucial to maintain your return on investment and keep your projects running on time and on budget. To help you keep your machines as productive as possible for as long as possible, we’ve put together some key equipment fleet management strategies.

Proactive Maintenance

One of the most important equipment fleet management strategies is proactive maintenance. Enroll your machine into maintenance contracts to ensure routine service is documented and conducted at suggested intervals. Proactive maintenance keeps operational costs stable and reduces downtime and associated repair expenses by identifying minor issues before they become major problems.

Use Machine Monitoring Tools

The next of the equipment fleet management strategies that you should be using is machine monitoring tools. New technology has developed tools that more accurately monitor machines, collect data, and convert raw data into actionable information. Software is available to help fleet managers determine equipment resale value, calculate ownership and operating costs, and estimate repairs, parts and labor expenses.

Conduct Routine Fluid Analysis

A key part of equipment fleet management is analyzing fluids and comparing contaminate levels to normal wear rates. These analyses help identify potential problems with components before major failures, allowing you to avoid unnecessary downtime and costly repairs.

Keep Maintenance Records

Comprehensive and exact records help managers predict machine productivity and operational costs, such as working hours, fuel consumption, maintenance expenses, and more. Sound information breeds sound decisions when choosing to replace or repair heavy equipment. We recommend keeping a machine history file jacket for each piece of equipment that documents all maintenance and repair work.

Rebuild vs. Replace?

When deciding between rebuilding and replacing a piece of equipment, use this simple formula to compare costs:

Cost to rebuild (new equipment price x .5)/equipment life (estimated hours x .75) = cost per hour

For example, a new piece of equipment that is $140,000 with an estimated life of 10,000 hours would cost $14 per hour to operate. To compare, calculate the cost to rebuild.

($140,000)(.5)/(10.000)(.75) = $9.33 per hour

If the cost to rebuild is $70,000 for an estimated equipment life of 7,500 hours, at $9.33 per hour, it is more cost effective to rebuild than to replace.

Contact your local branch for more information on equipment fleet management strategies.