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5 Tips for Using and Maintaining Electric Heavy Equipment

5 Tips for Using and Maintaining Electric Heavy Equipment

From farming to construction, electric-powered equipment is changing the world of heavy machinery. As these industries make the switch to electric, you can expect this equipment to help get projects done efficiently while producing less carbon emissions, requiring less maintenance and repairs, and saving you time and money. While these electric-powered machines have different uses, they all require routine maintenance and training. Equipment Trader is sharing five tips for using and maintaining electric heavy equipment.

1. Inspect Your Electric Equipment Motor

Large, heavy duty machinery like tractors and excavators depend on the power of an electric motor to move around and lift or move material. Electric motors give you simplicity compared to the various parts required to power fuel-operated machinery, doing away with timing belts, radiator fluids, and other complicated components. And while simplicity is one of the benefits of electric construction equipment and farming machinery, you should still become familiar with how the motor operates and have it inspected if you notice any irregularities with its noise or use.

2. Take Care of Your Electric Equipment Batteries

Your electric equipment is powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs, which give energy to the motor and other parts. For specific models, check your owner’s manual for the best battery care. The life cycle of a battery may improve if you recharge it less frequently, which can be achieved by using nearly all of the battery’s energy before then recharging it all the way back up to 100%. Never expose your equipment’s battery to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

3. Do a Tire and Brake Check on Your Electric Equipment

Electric equipment is known for its intuitive technology and driver-friendly controls. If you have machinery that has tires and brakes, be attentive with its responsive braking system and aware of the terrain you’re covering so you don’t damage your tires. Inspect your brake fluids and check your tire tread to ensure its grooves are even, pronounced, and not worn down from use. 

4. Train Your Workforce to Use Electric Equipment

Train your workforce to use your electric equipment at job sites so they know how to use the controls, understand how it operates, and follow correct safety procedures. Along with reducing hazards and liability by preventing accidents or damage, this will improve your workforce’s efficiency. Hold training exercises to practice before using the equipment on the job, and familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual. It’s good to have an understanding of your machinery’s different parts, this way you can identify any potential problems and have them fixed before they become a bigger issue.

5. Protect Your Electric Equipment

Create a space to store and secure your electric equipment when it’s not in use. This can be the same area where you charge your equipment’s battery. Ideally, this should be somewhere inside, not exposed to the elements, damage, or the potential of theft, and out of the way of work zones. For example, you can store your scissor lift inside a warehouse or storage unit, surrounded by cones.

Follow these five tips and you’ll ensure your electric equipment is working its best for day-to-day jobs and in the long run. And remember to regularly inspect your machinery, train and practice, and always put safety first. If you’re looking for heavy equipment for your next project, be sure to see all the new and used units on the nation’s largest marketplace, EquipmentTrader.com.

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Ryan Miller
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