Maintenance

Warranty and repair programs in the construction industry can be confusing and unclear. Komatsu's new Komatsu Care Plus and Komatsu Care Plus II programs — launched at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020 — aim to change that. To create consistent coverage across the United States, the Komatsu Care Plus programs provide model-specific detail, outlining maintenance items serviced, repair coverages, program benefits, and terms and conditions.

Tenna, a construction technology platform for equipment fleet operations, has released new product solutions to address some of the most common problems plaguing jobsite crews, including Maintenance, Reserve It and Safety & Compliance. Tenna's Maintenance feature enables construction companies to manage and control their equipment fleet maintenance remotely, allowing for quick identification of maintenance or repair needs and timely resolutions to many preventable problems that cost crews across the country thousands in lost productivity.

As construction professionals who use cranes, you know how vital they are to your business and other business for whom you do work. Cranes are used 365 days a year, often long days, for extensive heavy lifting and transportation of just about any machinery and materials you could need for a large-scale project.

When it comes to heavy equipment, reliable hydraulic system performance is critical to productivity and profitability. A proper understanding of the hydraulic fluid, and its role in the efficient performance of the hydraulic systems of equipment used in off-highway, construction and utility work is the basis of optimizing the contractor's maintenance dollar, say hydraulics experts.

Cold oil uses expensive horsepower. Diesel, gasoline and LPG fueled engines are designed to extract useable horsepower from the fuel used to operate them. These engines are sized according to the work expected to be accomplished by each one. When the ambient temperature is at or above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, starting and operating follow a usual pattern.

Perkins offers a comprehensive range of overhaul solutions for agricultural engines, all of which are designed to deliver maximum performance from the engine and machine and reduce the risk of disruptive downtime. For farmers, having a machine out of service can mean lost productivity, revenue and profits.

Winter is coming. Whether you plan on using your equipment or storing it away for the season, it is critical the machines are properly prepared. Use this guide to help make sure your equipment starts right back up when springtime blooms. Operation Freeze: Using your Equipment in Sub-Zero Temps Many operators capitalize on their equipment investment by using it year-round.

Used machines are smart ways to complement or round out your fleet — and if you know what to look for (and ask about), you can feel more confident that the equipment you purchased will be with you out in the field and not in the shop. It's never a guarantee, obviously, but here are some tips on inspecting some of the more critical components on a used machine to ensure its condition is in line with the asking price: Ask Who Owned the Machine: It's not uncommon for buyers to ask who owned the machine, where it was used, and in what application — so don't hold back.

Resale values fluctuate for construction equipment, but not just because of the brand, hours on the machine, time of year or economic conditions. What you put into your used machine before you sell it matters too. If you're looking to sell, this checklist can potentially help you increase your machine's resale value to get more out of it.

Perkins has extended its Perkins Ecoplus range of filters with the addition of a newly designed oil filter. The Perkins Ecoplus oil filter has been fitted on the new EU Stage V Perkins Syncro 3.6 and 2.8 liter engines. Previously utilizing a spin-on oil filter across its engine range, Perkins has taken the opportunity to upgrade the filter as part of the design work undertaken on the new engine range.

Buying a piece of used equipment can be a lot like buying a used car in that your experience is likely to be very different — good or bad — depending on who you're buying from. There's no industry standard for how inspections, documentation or condition reports are done, so it varies.