Scheduled Maintenance Tips for Heavy Equipment

You know that well-maintained equipment means less downtime and more productivity – so what’s the best way to keep your engines running smoothly?

At Oil & Energy, we say the answer is good old-fashioned preventative maintenance. 

According to Phillips 66, ‘pieces of heavy equipment have a productivity rate improvement window of nearly 40 percent, which can have a big impact on your bottom line.’ That’s because ‘a contractor can expect about 800 to 900 productive hours annually from a typical piece of equipment. Based on a 40-hour workweek that translates, at best, to a productivity rate of only 62 percent.’ 

Planning a thorough preventative maintenance schedule for all of your heavy equipment can easily bring that productivity rate up. 

So what is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance means you work on your equipment, even when it’s not broken. Like an auto service, it’s basically the opposite of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’! 

When performing preventative maintenance, you’ll be inspecting your heavy equipment for any defects or mechanical problems. Once you’ve checked that everything is functioning as it should be, you’ll check your vehicle motor oil to see if you need an oil change, check your coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and fuel, and then do a final clean. 

The importance of a good engine oil
Using a top-quality, established vehicle engine oil like Phillips 66 can help your bottom line stay intact. For a small outlay, selecting a specialist engine oil for heavy vehicles can prevent running into costly problems later down the track. It might not prevent all breakdowns, but it can certainly reduce the risk of breakdown! 

There are so many benefits to using a good motor oil and following a schedule of preventative maintenance for an auto service of your equipment:

  • Cutting cost overrun
  • Reducing downtime
  • Improving productivity
  • Better fuel efficiency 
  • Safer equipment
  • Safer workers 
  • Improved use of project hours
  • Less time spent on a job
  • Reduced inefficiency 
  • Preservation of your warranty 
  • Preservation of your insurance 

If you’re looking for a great motor oil for your heavy equipment, Oil & Energy can help. We’ve got the technical know-how to understand our customer’s needs and tailor a lubricant solution to their specific requirements. We work with many leading brands, including Red Line, Kendall, Shell, Petronas and Phillips 66. This means we can select the right combination of lubricants and vehicle engine oils for you – and the long-term benefits of our top-shelf products provide an incredible return on investment too. 

Reach out to have a chat with one of our friendly consultants today!


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