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How to Extend the Life of Your Vacuum Excavator

 Vacuum excavation equipment is a valuable investment for your business, and extending its life is crucial to the success of the operation. Keeping the equipment operational and productive is how you expand your operations.
  Review the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule. Develop a comprehensive maintenance schedule that includes routine inspections, cleaning procedures, and servicing intervals. Adhere to this schedule diligently to prevent oversights and ensure timely maintenance tasks.
  Proper lubrication is vital for the smooth operation of moving parts. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and lubricate bearings, seals, hinges, and other components at recommended intervals. Wipe away excess grease to prevent the attraction of dirt and cause damage.
  Regularly inspect and clean or replace filters, including air, fuel, and hydraulic filters. Clogged filters can reduce performance, strain the system, and lead to premature wear. Keep spare filters on hand to ensure quick replacements when needed.
  Daily precheck is a great opportunity to inspect the tires on your hydro excavator. Improper tire pressure can affect maneuverability, stability, and overall performance. Regularly check for wear and damage, and replace tires as needed.
  Before each use, perform a thorough visual inspection of your hydro excavation equipment. Check for any signs of damage, leaks, loose connections, or worn-out parts. Pay close attention to the hoses, nozzles, filters, and vacuum components. Replacing components before failure is key to keeping the unit working productively. Monitor and maintain appropriate fluid levels in all reservoirs, including hydraulic oil, fuel, and water tanks.
  It is important not only for your brand’s aesthetics but for your unit’s life to keep it clean. After each operation, clean the equipment thoroughly to remove dirt, debris, and slurry residue. Rinse the tanks, filters, and nozzles to prevent clogging and maintain optimal suction power. A clean unit is easier to inspect than one covered in mud. It is important to leave the door of the debris body, final filter, and cyclone slightly open overnight to allow the metal to breathe and clear moisture extends the life of door seals and the life of the body, final filter, and cyclone.
  Proper maintenance of your hydro excavation equipment is crucial for its longevity, reliability, and efficient operation. By following these essential maintenance tips, you can minimize downtime, reduce repair costs, and maximize the performance of your equipment. Remember to consult the manufacturer’s manual for specific maintenance guidelines and seek professional assistance when needed. With regular care, your hydro excavation equipment will continue to serve you effectively for years to come.

Dustin Rhodes is a product manager at TRUVAC.

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