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How to protect our excavators on rainy days

March 19, 2021

When the rainy season is approaching, the maintenance of the excavator is even more important, but you can’t wait until the rainy season is over and you are ready to start construction but you find that the excavator is destroyed, and you will suffer heavy losses. In summer, in addition to taking care of yourself and the excavator to prevent heatstroke and cooling, but also to deal with thunderstorms. Summer typhoons in coastal areas are also very common. So when the rainy season is coming, what should we do to protect our beloved excavator?
The first step to check road conditions, safety first is king
On rainy days, the road conditions and conditions will become worse, especially the dirt roads of mines or construction sites. The washing of heavy rain makes the roads pitted and muddy. Avoid places with soft ground such as cliffs and ditches, because the weight and vibration of the excavator can easily cause the machine to fall or tip over. If you are working at night, the front and rear headlights, work lights, top lights, instrument lights, wipers and other equipment of the excavator need to be checked regularly to ensure normal operation. If the thunderstorm is too heavy or the construction environment is too bad, remember not to take the risk of starting work, safety first. Rain water corrodes the machine, and anti-skid and anti-rust should be done well
Painted surface: The acidic components in the rain water have a corrosive effect on the paint surface of excavators. Who doesn't want their excavators to be beautiful and brand new. Therefore, before the rainy season is approaching, it is best to apply a "mask" to the excavator. The easiest way is to wax, you can also choose a longer and effective method-sealing glaze. Put on a "mask" and then go to battle more at ease.
Lubrication: Long-term parking still needs to be greased regularly to prevent rust.
Chassis: If it is not cleaned in time on rainy days, some gaps on the underside of the excavator are likely to accumulate sludge. The chassis of the excavator is most prone to rust and stains, and the wheel shell may even be loose and perforated. Therefore, it is necessary to shake off the soil by the unilateral support truck, clean the chassis to prevent corrosion, check whether the screws are loose, and clean up the place where there is water in time to avoid the corrosion of the machine that affects the work performance.
Anti-skid chains: The road surface is slippery during the rainy season. It is best to install anti-skid chains on the excavator first to prevent accidents such as rollover and overturning. The marshland is pre-placed with iron plates to prevent the danger of sinking.
Engine: Regularly check whether the engine wiring harness is loose or corroded, and avoid moisture at the joints.
Air filter: Rain water may enter the air filter when it is raining, and the deterioration and damage of the filter element will affect the air intake.
Oil gauge caliper: Pay attention to check whether the oil gauge caliper seal ring is worn or not, and the oil filler port is tightly sealed. If the seal is not good, rainwater may seep into the oil. The mixture of oil and water will cause the engine to emit white smoke and affect the working performance. If it is parked in the open air, it is safer to put a plastic bag on the filling port.
Breaker: The breaker should be placed upright to prevent the piston from getting rusty.
Work stoppage during the rainy season is not slacking, parking of excavators is the key
Excavator parking is particularly important during thunderstorms. If conditions permit, it is best to park the excavator indoors, such as in a garage, and try to avoid parking in an overly humid environment. If it is parked for a long time, the equipment should be started and driven to charge the battery once a month.
If the conditions do not permit, the excavator can only be parked outdoors, then it is necessary to judge whether the surrounding environment is suitable for parking, stay away from landslides, landslides, and rivers where the water level is easy to rise. Do not park under big trees, in thunderstorms. It may be struck by lightning or the wind may be too strong, or it may break the trunk and hit the excavator, causing losses. It is best to park on a firm and level place on the road, concrete and asphalt are the best, and try to avoid parking the excavator on the filled ground.