Best Practices

Maintenance Tips for Mini Excavators

Mini excavators are a vital part of many construction projects. They are perfect for digging and moving materials in tight spaces, making them the ideal machine for small construction sites, landscaping projects, and other areas where space is limited. To help ensure your compact excavators run smoothly and efficiently, regular maintenance is essential.

Here are some tips to keep your mini excavators in top condition.

  1. Check the Fluids

    One of the most important maintenance tasks for any piece of machinery is checking the fluids at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you inspect the hydraulic fluid, engine oil, and coolant, as low levels of any of these fluids can cause serious damage to your mini excavator. Also, check your owner’s manual to see how often to replace the various fluids.
  2. Inspect the Tracks

    Mini excavators rely on their tracks to move around, so it is crucial to keep them in good condition. Inspect the tracks for any signs of damage, such as cracks, tears, or missing pieces. If you notice any issues, don’t use the machine and have the problems repaired immediately. In addition, make sure the tracks are clean and free of debris, which can cause unnecessary wear and tear.
  3. Use the Grease Gun

    Inspect all pivot points on your compact excavators and grease where needed. Something that is often completely overlooked is the bucket or attachment. Be sure to check all the pivot points on the attachment as well, and grease if needed. If you aren’t sure where to grease your compact excavator or how to do it, contact our service team at Heavy Machines.
  4. Wash the cooling system

    Ensure your radiator, oil cooler, and other heat exchangers are kept clean during operation. Look for any accumulated debris and wipe down the surfaces when necessary. Slow leaks of oil or coolant tend to collect dust and other particulate matter. If you see this type of build up, it could be a sign of a larger problem.
  5. Schedule Regular Maintenance

    It’s important to schedule regular maintenance for your mini excavators, including routine inspections, filter replacements, fluid changes, and other essential service tasks. Following a regular maintenance schedule ensures your machine stays in top condition and can help prevent costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about maintaining your compact excavators, contact our team today!