It’s crucial to perform periodic safety checks on your equipment. Not only do daily inspections prevent accidents during machine operation, they also maximise efficiency and minimise costs.
To get you started here is our mini excavator prestart checklist.
Things to Do Before Starting Your Mini Excavator
- Walk around your mini excavator and look for cracks or dents on the exterior of the equipment.
- Inspect various components of the excavator or mini loaderbody including the mounting holes, the bearing spacer, and the grease fitting. Keep an eye out for cracks or signs of wear and tear.
- Search for leaks in the Hydraulic cylinder. Then, check the level of the engine oil, coolant, and hydraulic oil.
- Remove the air and oil filters. Clean or replace them if required.
- Check the area in front of the radiator. Dirt accumulates in this particular area and causes overheating problems.
- Grease all hinge pins and bushings to cut down the cost of expensive repairs.
- Make sure the mini excavator’s safety switches are in proper working order.
- Next, get inside the cab. Always face the excavator and use the three-point contact to get in and out of the cab.
- Turn on the equipment and listen for any unusual sounds or vibrations. The machine shouldn’t emit excessive exhaust fumes when it’s in operation.
- It’s a good idea to look for leaks or emissions below the mini excavator or in the area in front of the operator’s seat.
- Check the undercarriage components. Inspect the tracks, the drive sprocket, and the front idlers.
- Check that the tracks have the right tension.
- Test the indicator lights and the switches on the control panel.
- Make sure there’s a fully operational fire extinguisher lying in the cab.
- Clean the windshield and the heating and cooling vents.
- Inspect the boom, arm, and bucket attachments for cracks or dents.
- If the bucket teeth look worn out, replace the bucket. If you fail to do so, the mini-excavator will have to work much harder to perform everyday jobs.
- Extend the arm and boom to determine if the machine is stable during operation. You must also lift the excavator blade and roll the machine forwards and backwards.
- Perform a 360º rotation of the housing assembly.
- Refer to the equipment’s safe working limits before beginning any new task.
If you perform these checks daily, you’re less likely to encounter problems when you operate your equipment.