Prioritise equipment maintenance: JCB

12 Jan, 2017 04:00 AM
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Pre-season maintenance should always be the priority to avoid costly breakdowns during the season.
The sooner there is a problem identified, generally the cheaper it will be to fix.
Pre-season maintenance should always be the priority to avoid costly breakdowns during the season.

It mightn't be holiday season for some croppers just yet, but it's still a great time to prioritise equipment maintenance, according to JCB Construction Equipment Australia's after sales manager Gary Sky.

He said summer presents the perfect opportunity to get machinery checked and serviced, in order to make sure it's ready to go back to work when things pick up after the festive season.

"Keeping on top of service schedules and machinery maintenance is important and can help stop small nuisances and issues turning into big problems down the track," he said.

"Even though everyone realises how important these tasks are, it can be hard to find the time for them.

"It's a great idea to see if you can schedule machinery for a simple service over the break, so you're aware of any bumps or bruises that you can fix before you start work again for the year.

"This is especially important for older pieces of machinery, which need more frequent checks.

"The sooner there is a problem identified, generally the cheaper it will be to fix."

He said it is also worth checking eligibility for a warranty check, which may cover any repairs needed.

"A warranty check allows you to get any issues repaired that may have arisen during your warranty period," he said.

"Some machinery owners don't realise they may be eligible for this check, so always ask your machinery service department what may be available and what can be fixed before it expires."

Summer can also be a good time to book in machines for a market appraisal or trade valuation.

"This can then set you up for the year ahead, especially if you are considering upgrading," Mr Sky said.

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Tom McKenny

Tom McKenny

is the national machinery writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media

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