Got a Backhoe Loader? Keep It Ship-Shape

| 8/25/2015 8:58:00 AM

Tags: Backhoe Loader, Maintenance, E-Stick, James White,

James WhiteHomesteaders work hard to keep their food growing, their animals happy and their land in good condition. Doing all this takes a lot of work as well as the right tools for the job. If you treat your tools right, they’ll last longer and give you a lifetime of return on your investment.

If your homestead is big enough to require a backhoe loader, you know just how rough all that dirt-moving can be – on human backs and machinery alike. A backhoe is a big piece of equipment, and it’s important to keep it working properly. Regular maintenance can save you a lot of hassle and expense by catching problems before they get out of hand. Here’s what to do to maintain your backhoe loader.

Give Your Backhoe Loader a Daily Visual Inspection

Before you get in your machine, take a walk around it and give it a once-over. How does the bucket look? Is the cutting edge still in good shape? Are the tires fully inflated? Any dings or chips in the windshield? Getting a handle on the condition of your machine will make it easier to notice any new damage that comes up so you can take care of it promptly. Some manufacturers offer a safety checklist, which can help you focus on the important bits during your inspection.

Check Fluid Levels Regularly

Part of your daily inspection should include checking the oil and hydraulic fluid levels. Check your owner’s manual for specifics, but good practice requires that you wipe the dipstick clean and reinsert it to get a proper reading. If you have to top off any fluids, make sure that you are using the right grade as recommended by the manufacturer, and that your fluids are clean and new.

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