Coolant Coolant is important in your equipment's cooling systems to prevent freezing, corrosion, cavitation and rust. A periodic coolant analysis can provide important information about the health of your machine. What's in coolant? Nearly all heavy-duty antifreeze is about 95% ethylene glycol and 5% water and additives. About 1% of all antifreeze sold is made from propylene glycol, an alternative to ethylene glycol which is less toxic, but more expensive. By mixing glycol with various ratios of water, coolant is created. Typically, coolant is 30 – 50% glycol. Formulations differ with the additive package that's blended into the ethylene glycol. All of these additives fight rust, scale and corrosion but may have different chemical compositions. In diesel engines the additives also protect wet cylinder sleeves from cavitation. What to look for when buying coolant Make sure the coolant you purchase for your diesel engines states that it complies with ASTM standard D-6210 on the package. Deionized water is preferred and the coolant should be prediluted, so there is no need to add water. Pick an antifreeze type, avoid mixing it with other types, and follow the maintenance recommendations suggested for that coolant. Maintenance Recommendations Periodic visual test. Check color—the fluid should be clear, indicating no rust is present, and the color should be correct, showing that it has not mixed with another antifreeze type. Test additive concentrations with a coolant analysis test by taking a sample and submitting it for analysis. The recommended interval for testing is 1,000 hours. Sample strips are available to test additive concentrations yourself. Using paper chemically sensitive test strips, you can see problems from color changes which indicate freeze/boil point (glycol content) nitrite (or nitrite/molybdate) levels and, in some instances, pH.
We are very excited to announce that we have just released a new version of our online parts ordering application! Please follow the process below to register and request access. We also have included instructions on how to create an order. How to Register for Online Parts Ordering To get started, either click the 'ORDER ONLINE' button on the parts page or click the gray user silhouette icon in the upper right-hand corner of the portal. If you are on mobile you can also select Login from the left side menu. Select 'Sign Up' on the login page and fill in your contact information. In addition to your contact information, you will need to provide your customer number. This number will appear on all previous invoices. If you are not sure what your customer number is, you may contact us at any point during this process. Verify your email account by clicking the 'Confirm my account' link in the account verification email you receive. After verifying your email address, please navigate back to https://burrisequipment.com/parts/order. If you selected ORDER ONLINE in step 1, the verification email will redirect you automatically. You will be shown a notice that you must request access to order parts. Click the 'Request Access' button to complete this step. That completes the registration and access request process. We will respond to your request within one business day. Once you have received confirmation that your access request has been approved, you can now order parts on any desktop or mobile browser by going directly to https://burrisequipment.com/parts/order or by clicking the button on the parts page! How to Order Parts Navigate to the parts ordering page by going directly to the link, https://burrisequipment.com/parts/order, or by going to the parts tab and clicking the 'ORDER ONLINE' button at the top of the page. Online parts ordering works on any desktop or mobile web browser. From the ordering page you can search by part description or part number. If your search is contained in either the part number or the description, the part will be shown in the table below. In addition, you can filter your search by vendors by opening the 'Filter by Vendor' dropdown and selecting the desired vendors either before or after you have completed your search. Search results are limited to 100 parts at a time. If your search exceeds that number, please further refine your search. Once you find the part(s) you would like to order, click the 'Add to Cart' checkbox in that row of the table. You can also adjust quantities in the row as well. You can select as many parts as you would like. Once you have finished selecting your parts, click the shopping cart icon on the top of the page. The parts you added to your cart, your company information, user contact information, and any ship to addresses we have on file will appear automatically. Please complete the rest of the form. On this page, you can also change part quantities and remove parts from your cart by clicking the X icon next to the part. Your estimated total will update as you modify your shopping cart. If you have any questions about the registration or ordering process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We want to make your parts ordering process as quick and easy as possible!
Follow these best practices to make sure your machine is operating at its best before the busy season. A little prevention goes a long way in reducing costly downtime. Make Sure Machines Are Properly Greased Lubricate your machine according to manufacturers’ recommendations. By keeping your machine properly lubricated, you reduce premature wear and increase fuel efficiency. It is important to grease your equipment as often as recommended in a machine’s service manual. The more mobility the components have, the less work the hydraulic system must perform. Check Fluid Levels Check hydraulic fluid, coolant and oil levels daily to ensure that the equipment will not run into problems while operating. It is especially important to monitor fluid levels in your equipment during the summer months when temperatures are high. The summer heat will cause the engine to warm at a faster rate. As the engine warms, the machine’s fluids will suffer vaporization loss, eventually leading to a lower fluid level. Check Wear Parts Inventory Keeping wear parts on hand helps reduce downtime. We recommend you stock the following parts: Filters Hoses Belts Tires Blade Edges Bucket Teeth Hydraulic Fluid Oil Batteries Parts lockers are also available with automatic restocking! Take an Operator Refresher Course Our staff will teach your operators best practices for operating equipment to avoid machine damage and unsafe working environments, including: How do conduct walk around inspections Operating the machine properly to reduce excessive wear Avoiding situations that increase the risk of tipping or overturning Attend service workshops Our staff will teach yours best practices, including: Engine maintenance Undercarriage maintenance Attachments—Use, safety and maintenance Parts options—New, used and remanufactured Have Your Machines Inspected by Our Certified Technicians Our inspections follow manufacturers’ guidelines specific to each model. A typical inspection includes: Operational test Lube chassis Drain water and sediment Check fluid levels and adjust Change engine oil and filter Check and adjust chains Clean front and rear axle breathers Change fuel filters Engine oil analysis Change hydraulic filters Change inline fuel filter Check fan belt tension Lubricate attachment coupler Grease slides and post Clean battery/check levels Clean spark arresting muffler Repack front wheel bearings Submit an online service request to schedule an inspection or contact us regarding these best practices today!