How to Restore Old Construction Equipment

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When it comes to construction equipment, replacing older machines is expensive. Most smaller construction companies, and even big ones, try to keep their older machines running as long as possible before investing in brand new equipment. Restoring old machines takes a bit of care and attention. Check out this guide on how to restore your old construction equipment for your next home renovation.

Check for major leaks and rust

While major leaks and rusting can be repaired or replaced, these issues are typically more costly than the machine is worth. Determine if the main fluid levels are leaking to an unstoppable point and determine if this is a detrimental functionality issue to your machine.

Rust doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker on an old machine and is often unavoidable, but rust can reach a point that it deteriorates the machine beyond repair. If your machine has reached this point, it may be best to invest in a new machine.

Replace and revamp parts

You can replace older parts and components that may have rusted and deteriorated over time or with a certain amount of usage. Many parts contribute to the safe and efficient operation of construction equipment.

One of the first things to do is to restore your final drive motor. This can make an old, well cared for machine work almost like new again. Learn how to repair a final drive, and you can DIY the fix. Other parts you can easily fix include certain aspects of the engine, wheels, and more.

Fill the fluids

One of the main reasons engines in large machinery fail is because the machine’s fluid needs are not maintained appropriately. Sometimes, if a machine malfunctions or seems to ruin engines quickly, it may be a sign that fuel levels do not meet the engine’s fluid needs.

You should check a machine’s fluids before each use. This ensures the engine doesn’t burn oil too quickly and has adequate lubrication. Fluids are often the main issue that leads to premature engine failure. If you must rebuild your engine, be sure to consistently fill fluids to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

Consolidate equipment

To save some money on repairs, find functional parts in non-functional equipment and lend them to machines that need a little extra work to run again. For example, if you have two mini-excavators, and one will never run again, take the functional bearings from the first machine and install them in the second. This way, you have one functional machine rather than two non-functional ones.

A lot of old construction equipment can still lead a new life, but it’s important to know the limitations of the machine. Consider cost versus reward when it comes to the restoration of old machines to determine if restoring it is worth your time and effort. If so, don’t be afraid to consult a professional, as this can lead to a better, more stable repair.

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