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Employing these steps to ensure that your boom lift is being properly maintained will save you from experiencing possible challenges.
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Routine maintenance on large equipment not only ensures safety for the operators but will also save thousands of dollars in repairs that may arise from poor equipment care. Employing just a few steps to ensure that your boom lift is being properly maintained will save you from experiencing possible issues during equipment use.

 

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Pre-Start Inspection

Environmental factors where boom lifts are operated can impact the equipment with each use. This is why a pre-start inspection before use is so important. A quick inspection consists of just a few steps, and having a safety manual for your boom lift can be helpful in the process. In the manual, you will find each area of the machine that should be inspected daily . A full walkaround inspection will allow you to see any major issues that require immediate attention. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Check for any visible fluid leakage. If your boom lift is leaking oil, fuel or battery fluid, you will want to make the necessary repairs before use.
  • Make sure the operating parts of the lift, including the basket, are clear of foreign objects, dents, cracks or any other visible damage.
  • Ensure that turntable bearings are greased if your boom lift requires it.
  • Check hydraulic oil levels and ensure that the hydraulic system is clear.
  • Perform a function check of all systems, including a thorough examination of accessories and boom lift attachments. Ensure that your machine’s gate latches properly. Additionally,  inspect the chassis to ensure that there are no loose or missing parts before operation.

 

 

Regular Maintenance

While daily inspections are important to reduce accidents and the need for major repairs, regular maintenance based on environment and hours of machine use will ensure that your machine continues to operate well, extending its lifecycle and ensuring operator safety. A qualified equipment mechanic with full knowledge of boom lift operation should inspect machines every three months or every 150 hours of operation, whichever comes first.

Additionally, any machine that has been out of service for more than three months should be fully inspected before use. A preventative maintenance schedule should be included in your machine’s user manual, which outlines maintenance procedures. If you are operating your machine in a particularly harsh working environment, it is advised that you follow the guidelines in your preventative maintenance manual more frequently to avoid any easily avoidable issues.

  • Ensure that your tires are in good working condition by first removing any debris that might damage your machine. Know whether your machine has foam-filled or non-marking tires so that you are prepared for any potential issues that may arise.
  • Depending on whether your machine is gas-powered or electric, it is important to check your fuel or charge levels to ensure your machine is fully prepared to run the entire day of operation.
  • There are two lines on your machine’s hydraulic tank, one for minimum fluid levels and one for maximum fluid levels. If your fluid is below the bottom line, your machine requires more hydraulic fluid. If the fluid is above the top line, your machine has too much hydraulic fluid. When checking your fluid levels, ensure that your machine is fully retracted to get an accurate read on fluid levels.
  • Check your coolant levels regularly. Many boom lift coolant tanks are too thick to see through, so it is likely you will need to open the tank to get an accurate idea of your machine’s coolant levels.
  • Check your oil levels. This simply requires you to remove your machine’s dipstick to get an accurate idea of your oil level. You may want to use a shop rag to clean off the dipstick and do a second check for level accuracy.

 

Although this is also addressed in the pre-start inspection checklist, it is important to check for any leaks during routine maintenance. Fluids that could potentially leak are oil, fuel, and battery fluid. Additionally, check all hydraulics and cables to ensure that these are also not leaking. When completing your walkaround inspection, it is extremely important to check that your basket is clear of any broken railings, holes, or damage to the platform floor or any other components that ensure the basket’s safety and stability.

 

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By taking just a few minutes to inspect your boom lift from bottom to top every three months or 150 hours of operation – or more frequently if the working environment is particularly harsh – and by performing a pre-start inspection with each use, not only will you avoid damaging any faulty components, but you will also ensure that your boom lift operators are working with a machine that is not at risk of causing a safety issue. 

 

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Anna Cecilia Tozzi
Anna Cecilia Tozzi
Anna is a Virginia-based writer with a background in business. Although her initial writing experience was in satire, her love of research and learning about new subjects has given her the opportunity to write on numerous topics. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys taking her camera out and capturing pictures of the world around her.

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