When it comes to your skid steer loader, there are plenty of maintenance procedures that must be followed during, before, and after you use your skid steer. While we’ve discussed what regular skid steer maintenance looks like, we wanted to take a closer look at what daily maintenance requirements are needed to maintain your skid steer disc attachments.
Just like a skid steer, your disc attachments require regular care, so your job sites stay on track. Without these regular maintenance checks, your equipment might face premature maintenance problems – and no one wants to face job setbacks or costly expenses.
Most disc attachments for skid steers are used to clear heavy growth, small tree stumps, and small limbs, making it one of the most diverse tools in your equipment arsenal. Because disc attachments are multi-functional, it’s important to perform daily inspections and regularly clean the fuel and engine oil. This will keep your disc attachment running smoothly, while also keeping costly repairs at bay.
Without further ado, let’s dive into skid steer maintenance tips for your disc attachments.
Inspect Your Skid Steer Attachment before Use
Prior to starting a day’s work, it’s highly important to inspect your disc attachment for missing parts or trapped growth. After finishing the previous day’s work, you never know what debris could remain trapped in your disc attachment, or if any screws or parts have been dislodged.
This everyday step is one of the most important parts of your disc attachment maintenance routine. The workday can be unpredictable – you don’t always know what you’ll be hauling, cutting, or clearing. Sometimes in the midst of removing such large obstacles, they end up becoming snagged within your disc attachment, so it’s better to remain alert of these minor mishaps.
Our highly durable skid steer attachments can withstand just about anything, but they do require regular maintenance in order to stay in top working condition. Having a visually inspected disc attachment is the easiest way to stay on top of a job site, and know what’s going on with your equipment.
Review Hydraulic Fluid Levels
Your hydraulic system is essential to the daily operation of your disc attachment, or any skid steer attachment. If you have enough hydraulic oil in your attachment, you’ll be able to operate your skid steer effectively on the job. However, if your fluid levels are low, or your oil is dirty, you could experience delays and slow operation on the job site.
Another thing to be aware of is minor punctures or tears in your hydraulic system. Because these hoses transport oil, which keeps your disc attachment fully operational and functioning, puncture marks and leaks will limit your productivity and can be costly. Not to mention these tears can be dangerous for you and your team.
By checking the hydraulic fluid on your skid steer disc attachment, you’re going to make sure everything stays safe and secure on your job site.
Make Sure You Monitor Preventative Maintenance
Certain maintenance doesn’t have to occur all the time, but like your machine, it’s important to have your attachment ready to go 24/7.
It’s a good idea to check your oil levels, and replenish them as needed in your skid steer. Also, keeping your attachments oiled and greased protects against minor malfunctions or slow operations, which can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Set aside time at the start, or end, of your workday to grease your disc attachments. Continuous operation without greasing isn’t healthy for your machine.
Review Maintenance Manual for Instructions
Not all skid steers are the same, so it’s important to make sure your machine is running the way it should. While you troubleshoot problems for your attachment, see what’s going on within your skid steer as well. Sometimes there might be more going on than what meets the eye.
If you notice a maintenance problem you’re unfamiliar with, take the time to review your skid steer manual to see what could be wrong, or find out of this problem is exclusive to your attachment. Sometimes the clearest solution isn’t in front of our eyes. It’s important to review the safety and security of your skid steer, so you can protect yourself and your machine.
See if Your Skid Steer is Ready to Go
Every piece of construction equipment is different, but they all have similar needs and maintenance requirements. Once a month, take time to inspect the tire pressure, and make sure your tires are properly inflated and don’t have any holes or tears. Inspect the air filters and perform any other small maintenance checks to ensure your machine is ready for use at all times. Skid steer maintenance is important, but as long as you perform regular inspections to your heavy equipment, you’ll be able to catch anything out of the ordinary and protect your must-have skid steer attachments.