Great for Man and Machine: 5 Benefits of Keeping Heavy Equipment Clean
No one hears this old saying and translates it as legitimate medical advice that an apple diet ensures good health. People understand that it’s a call to preventive care: Take care of your body by eating healthy.
You should be applying this same mindset to your heavy equipment.
The job site really does a job on your heavy machinery, exposing it to dirt, grease, salt, and more. Keeping it clean is a vital part of preventive maintenance. Read on to discover five benefits of maintaining a clean fleet.
1. Clean Equipment = Less Downtime
Of course, at the end of that long day, your equipment also shows the results of your hard work. The dirt you see, however, is nothing compared to the dirt you don’t see. Your loaders, trenchers, and more pick up dirt and debris from the job site, thanks in part to the grease that keeps its parts moving. To keep those parts moving, you have to keep them clean.
For example, buildup on electrical plugs quickly leads to short circuits, and that means downtime. When you aren’t working, you aren’t earning; that’s the nature of the business.
2. Prolong the Life of Your Equipment
It’s no secret that well-maintained equipment lasts longer. You know this; that’s why you regularly check your fluids and perform preventive maintenance. Incorporating power washing as part of your preventive maintenance routine eradicates the buildup of the grease and debris that interfere with efficient operation. When your equipment has to work harder, that takes a toll, shortening the life of your investment.
Power washing your equipment improves its aesthetic value, as well. The same dirt, debris, and grease buildup negatively impacting your heavy equipment’s mechanics also does a number on its paint job.
3. Improved Safety
Your mechanics are also safer working on clean equipment, since power washing knocks loose all matter of debris that otherwise hits your maintenance team.
4. Pride of Ownership
Consider also the impression you make on the job site, with the customer, the public, and even other contractors. They may not notice that your equipment is clean, but they’ll definitely notice equipment covered with mud, dirt, and grease.
5. It Pays to be Clean
- When your equipment is down for maintenance, it’s not making you money
- Dirty equipment breaks down more frequently, leading to costly repairs
- Dirty equipment presents a safety danger, increasing your danger of compensation claims
How Can Dakota Power Washing Help?
If you’re ready to schedule a full-service power washing for your heavy equipment fleet, contact Dakota Power Washing today. With our fully licensed team, we’ve got what it takes to keep your equipment operating at full capacity.