Best Practices: Preseason Preparation

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!

Quick Tips on Hydraulic Hoses

Choosing the Right Hose When choosing a hydraulic hose you should pay close attention to the following characteristics: Working Pressure – Choose a hose that is suitable for the working pressure of the machine Wire or Sheathing – Install wire or sheathing when fabricated if the hose will be used in an area exposed to damage from pinching or crushing Fluid – Make sure you use a hose compatible with the fluids that are used in the machine Size/Inner Diameter – Choosing the right size hose is important in order to avoid unwanted friction. When fluid rubs against the inner surface of the hose, friction is created, which creates heat, increases back pressure, and reduces the rate of flow Match the Fluid Viscosity to the Operating Temperature – In order to achieve maximum component life, the fluid’s viscosity grade should be correctly matched to the operating temperature range of the hydraulic system Keep your hose operating correctly Follow these maintenance tips to ensure optimal performance and reduce risks, labor costs, and downtime: Pre-Use Inspection – To be completed before each use Check hydraulic hoses for signs of deterioration – Look for indications of wear, such as cracking, blisters, or bubbles. Catching signals early helps avoid hose failures later on Inspect seals used in fittings and adapters – Seals wear down, harden and age with regular use. Check for signs of wear and replace as needed Timeframe for replacement varies – There is no set time to replace hydraulic hoses. Rate of deterioration depends on a variety of factors including usage, pressure, and the type of hydraulic liquid Semi-Annual Maintenance Checks – At a minimum, hydraulic hoses should be thoroughly inspected by a certified technician every six months Storage and Safety Tips Keep fittings clean – Avoid getting sand, dirt, or other substances on your fittings and clean before each connection Use caps and plugs when not in use – Use of caps or plugs on your hydraulic hoses keeps them clean and saves time later when you have to re-attach them Store in the shade – Keep hoses stored out of direct sunlight. The sun accelerates deterioration and high pressures can result when the oil expands in the hose, making connection more difficult Detach carefully – A pressure relief tool is the best implement to remove a pressure-locked hose. Do not hit hoses on the floor to release pressure Always wear safety goggles when working with hydraulic hoses   What if a hose fails? Usually hoses fail due to misapplication, deterioration, or improper maintenance. If the hose fails, be extremely careful: Shut down the machine immediately to avoid additional damage Allow machine to release pressure – Pressure is not released immediately and machines need time to release pressure to a level suitable for a proper inspection Do not search for the leak using your hands – Hydraulic fluids can penetrate the skin and pose a significant risk to your health Carefully replace the hose and test for proper operation Please contact your local service manager with any questions on hydraulic hoses or to schedule an inspection!

Clean Fuel Tips for Extending Engine Life

Dirt and dust in your fuel system can reduce engine life by 50%. These contaminants cause more than 85% of all failures in fuel systems. Even tiny amounts of dirt and dust in your machine’s fuel system can become obstructions to the engine’s normal processes. Newer engines are even more susceptible to damage, because the fuel injection pressure is higher, and the smallest particles can impair normal engine functions. Areas of Potential Damage When dirt and dust are introduced to an area in the engine where quick, sliding movements are important, wear can be accelerated when these small particles interfere with the sliding movement. Examples of these parts are inner and outer valves, nozzle needles and seats, and command piston sliding portions. Two areas where dirt and dust can cause particularly harmful damage are at the interface between the injector barrel and plunger and on the control valves. Interface between Injector Barrel and Plunger The amount of fluid required to keep the operation smooth and continuous between the injector barrel and plunger is just 2.5 microns. The introduction of dirt or dust into this area could cause significant interference with this movement. Control Valves  A decrease in engine power occurs when the control valves, which maintain fuel pressure, begin leaking. Such leaks are caused when contaminants wear away seals. How to stop dirt and dust from entering the fuel line Fueling  Properly maintain all fueling equipment. When you refuel, always replace the nozzle back onto the pump, rather than letting it fall on the ground where it could gather dust. Operation  Construction equipment often operates in a dusty environment. You can prevent dust from entering the fuel system by making sure the vent tube and fuel tank caps are tightly sealed. Service While servicing your equipment, minimize the possibility of exposing the engine to the air, which will minimize the risk of introducing dirt and dust into the fuel system. Whenever you change filters, refuel or make any type of engine repairs, accomplish these tasks indoors, if possible, where there is less chance of contamination. Filters Change filters promptly at the manufacturer’s suggested intervals—clogged filters cannot prevent dirt from circulating through your engine. Use filters that are approved by the equipment manufacturer. Carefully follow the instructions provided in your equipment operator’s manual when changing both the main filters and the prefuel filters, so that dust does not enter the fuel system during this process. Always check seals to detect possible leaks. Tips for Changing Filters Main Filter Do not fill the filter element with fuel when changing the main filter to avoid introducing dust during the replacement process. Also, check to insure that the o-ring fits properly. Operate the priming pump to fill the new filter with fuel. Prefuel Filter  Fill the new filter cartridge for the prefuel filter with fuel before installing it. Check to make sure the cap is attached to the new filter cartridge, then pour fuel into the cartridge (do not use the center hole). Once the cartridge is full of fuel, take off the cap and discard it. Install the prefuel filter cartridge onto the filter holder after applying a thin layer of engine oil to the packing surface of the cartridge. When the packing surface on the cartridge comes in contact with the sealing surface of the filter holder, tighten the filter cartridge to turn. How to prevent water from entering the fuel line At night, condensation can occur due to a drop in the temperature while the equipment is not operating, and water may enter the fuel tank. To avoid the formation of condensation, at the end of each day, the tank should be filled up. Before beginning to operate your equipment each day, drain the water and sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the tank. Similarly, about ten minutes after refueling, water and sediment should be drained from the fuel tank.

Winterization Tips/Best Practices

Follow these best practices to make sure your machine is ready for winter.   Check chain tanks, final drives, swing gear baths, and gear boxes for water Check the label to make sure you’re using coolant that complies with ASTM standard D-621, with a freeze point low enough for your climate. If coolant freezes, it can crack the engine block and ruin the engine. Add fuel conditioner Fuel conditioner prevents your fuel from freezing and makes sure your engine starts in the cold. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for the amount of conditioner required. Match the fuel conditioner to the type of fuel you’re using (e.g. low sulfur). Check the fuel filter If the fuel filter is clogged, moisture can build up and freeze in the winter, causing your machine to run improperly or fail to start. Empty the water traps in the filters before cold weather arrives. To avoid downtime, keep an extra set of fuel filters in your cab. Check cold start aids Diesel engines spray ether into the air system to help the engine start in cold weather. For older machines that have ether spray bottles, check the bottle to make sure it isn’t empty. For newer machines with an automatic ether system, inspect the connections and hoses for cracks or loose connections. Check the block heater Block heaters keep fluids at the right temperature and viscosity. If it isn’t working, the oil can thicken, so it’s harder to turn the engine over and adds stress on the battery. Plug in the block heater to check it, and then touch the hoses to make sure they are warm. Inspect air pre-cleaners Large dust particles and debris can build up during the summer and should be removed. Otherwise, snow and ice could collect around them, allowing moisture into the air system, which could cause engine failure. Check battery and connections Corrosion around battery connections causes less voltage to be transmitted and increases the strain on the battery. Corroded connections can drain the battery and prevent your machine from starting. Periodic inspections for corrosion reduce the chance of having a drained battery.   Winter Storage Top off the fuel tank if possible If you have a diesel engine, leave it completely full during winter months: to eliminate possibility of condensation forming in the fuel tank and spreading. Condensation can clog the fuel filter, which can clog fuel lines, carburetors, and injectors. Run the engine after cleaning Run your machine’s engine after cleaning the engine and replacing the oil, so that a protective film of oil coats the internal parts. The oil coating acts as a rust preventative. Pour a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze into the coolant system before running as well to protect the cooling system to -34°F. Clean and fully charge batteries, and then disconnect the power leads Never store discharged batteries. Colder temperatures slow the discharge rate of fully charged batteries. Start machines once a month Avoid starting the machines in extremely cold weather. Find a time when the temperature is above freezing to start the machine and operate the hydraulics for a brief time. Do not try to break crawler type machines from a badly frozen situation. The result can be powertrain damage.   Cold Weather Operation Protect your machine If you can’t keep your machine inside when it’s not in use, at least keep a weather resistant tarp over the engine. With snow comes condensation, which can cause problems for the entire engine. Manage productivity Cold weather makes the earth harder, and frost can penetrate roadways and aggregates to make utility, road, and crushing jobs much more difficult and time consuming. Winter months have less daylight, so manage your time wisely. Keep the jobsite clean It is imperative to keep jobsites neat and clean during winter months. When not working, leave a layer of snow on the ground to keep frost from penetrating the ground as the snow will actually insulate the ground beneath. When working, make sure to clear all snow and ice to avoid accidents. Clean areas designated for snow removal Clean up debris or equipment that will be hidden by fallen snow. Mark any areas of concern with reflective stakes so snow removal crews can easily identify and stay away from those areas. Plan for earthworks projects Frozen chunks of ground need to be placed in designated areas. The frozen chunks of earth contain water that can cause major problems in the spring, such as sinkholes. Use the best fuel Make sure you are using high quality winter diesel fuel. The fuel conditioner should match the type of fuel you are using (e.g., low sulfur) and should be approved by the manufacturer. Check starting devices Make sure block heaters and cold weather starting devices are working properly. Warm up the machine Let machines come up to operating temperature before working. Keep a spare fuel filter Keep an extra fuel filter in the cab, and follow installation instructions in your operator’s manual. Check ice buildup Check for ice or snow buildup in the exhaust or intake, if applicable. Inspect and clear ice or snow from the throttle and brake area. Warm up to improve steering response Steering response on equipment with hydraulic steering may become very slow at low temperatures, even when the correct oils are used. Once the engine is started, let the machine idle until the engine reaches operating temperature. Stay aware of safety Mount and dismount your machine using three points of contact. Remember that you are working with snow and that ice slips and falls are a common cause of injuries. Wear your seatbelt when operating equipment and stay alert.

Lubrication - Best Practices & Why It's Important

Choosing the right lubricant for your machines is critical to maximize the life of its components and minimizing downtime. For optimal machine operation, adhere to specifications in the owner's manual. We have put together lubricant tips to enhance your equipment's operation.   Hydraulic Oil / Fluid Why is it important? Hydraulic oil's primary purpose is to transfer power, but the fluid is also important to protect hydraulic components by lubricating the parts it comes into contact with.  Best Practices Keep the zinc content above 300 ppm – Zinc is an anti-wear agent that is added to hydraulic oil to reduce wear of components, such as pumps, motors and valves. Standard hydraulic oils contain 300-500 parts per million of zinc, while premium oils contain as much as 1,200 parts per million. Choose hydraulic oil with a minimum of 300 ppm of zinc to avoid wear and downtime. Choose hydraulic oils with water emulsifiers – When water separates from oil, it can cause serious damage in heavy machinery. Emulsifiers disperse water, reducing the risk of water damage. Choose hydraulic oil with emulsifiers and avoid oils that promise to shed, separate or release water. Filter first – Make sure you filter any hydraulic fluid you add to your machine, even if it is brand new. By filtering before you add it, you can avoid contamination, which can lead to component wear and system failure. Transmission Oil Why is it important? Transmission oil enhances clutch performance, protects gears and bearings from wear, and keeps components cool when in operation. Best Practices Use the right oil – Consult your owner’s manual for the correct type of transmission oil. The most important consideration is weather – if you are going to use your equipment in a variety of conditions, make sure you choose a multi-season transmission oil. By choosing a multigrade oil, you can avoid unnecessary oil changes as the seasons change. Change oil correctly — Oil change intervals vary with use, but when you do change your transmission oil, make sure you take a number of precautions to avoid contamination: wash the transmission tank before removing cap, drain the oil as quickly as possible, install filters carefully, and keep filter packages sealed until they are ready for use. Change your filters periodically — By properly following the guidelines set out in your owner's manual, you can avoid damage and wear caused by contamination.  Grease Why is it important? Choosing the right grease for your machine is extremely important to maintain optimal performance. Grease reduces friction and wear caused by daily operation. Best Practices Meet or exceed the owner’s manual requirements – The owner’s manual outlines the grease specifications to meet minimum operating requirements. Choose grease that exceeds these minimum requirements to increase parts life and performance. Purge when adding any new grease – When grease is changed in any part of the machine from one type to another, purge the old grease. The old and new grease may not be compatible, which could cause serious problems for your machine.  Contact your local branch with any questions about choosing lubricants for your equipment

Summer Cooling System Tips

An engine's cooling system protects it from overheating and keeps it operating at optimal temperatures. If the cooling system is not maintained properly, it must work harder to prevent the engine from overheating. As a result, your machine will not operate as efficiently, and internal components could be damaged. It is estimated that cooling system problems are responsible for 40% of all downtime. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure optimal performance and reduce downtime. Check Cooling Fans The cooling fan is part of the cooling system and must be inspected regularly. Look for loose or damaged fan blades. Cracks or nicks in the fan blades can cause the fan to become out of balance and vibrate, which can destroy water pump bearings and other related components, eventually leading to total system failure. Also, inspect the fan for excessive debris buildup and clean regularly. The debris can cause the fan to disengage and blow a system fuse.  Clean Radiator and Coolers It is very important to power wash the radiator and cooler every few days, especially during hot weather. Humidity and dust buildup will coat radiators, air coolers, and oil coolers. This buildup cuts down on airflow and heat transfer significantly. As a result, operating temperatures increase dramatically and cause the engine to overheat and, ultimately, shut down.  Analyze Coolant Coolant that appears cloudy or has floating particulates could be an indication of corrosion, cavitation, and rust. Regardless of coolant type, all coolants should be clear. Inspect the inside of the radiator for corrosion, and check the coolant for signs of rust or debris. Follow the manufacturer's recommended drain intervals. At a minimum, coolant should be drained and flushed annually.  It is important to perform a coolant analysis because half of all water pump failures are caused by a concentration of antifreeze that is too high for the cooling system. Test the 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.  Replace Hoses and Clamps Frequently check the condition of your coolant hoses and clamps. As the temperature rises in the cooling system, the hoses and clamps expand and contract at different rates. This expanding and contracting of the hoses and clamps, repeated over and over, causes the hose-to-neck seal to wear. Inspect all radiator and heater core hoses and lines for excessive softness or hardness, and check for cracks and leaks. Be sure all the connections are tight to avoid water leakage and hydraulic hose failures. Replace hoses every two years. Contact Your Local Branch for More Information

Online Rental Request Tutorial

Ever wonder why you need to pickup a phone and call if you need to reserve a piece of rental equipment? At Burris Equipment, we believe renting equipment should be quick, convenient, and informative. We put together a quick guide to show you how to request a rental online: Here is the short version if you are in a hurry ;) Go to rental and find a piece, or many pieces, of equipment you want to rent. Select add to cart on each piece of rental equipment (you will find this button on the view more page of each item). Go to your cart and fill out the form. HINT: Don't forget the promo code at the bottom of this page. You will receive email confirmation of your request. Here is the other, scenic version: First, we navigate to the rental page where we have a search feature where you can quickly search for equipment as well as categories to help you find the right equipment for the job. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will search for scissor lift. After pressing the 'Search' button, we are shown a list of relevant results. I would like to sort by price so I am going to sort by average price. I am then able to compare the search results by price and any relevant specifications. I can quickly look at that information all on this screen. I think I like the JLG 2032ES scissor lift for my job, so I select that piece of equipment by clicking 'View More' on the right. I would now like to rent that piece of equipment so I select 'Add to Cart' and receive an alert that this item was added to my cart. I can also find my cart by scrolling to the top of the page and looking for the shopping cart icon. I can then go back to categories to find a welder for my job. I can follow the same process to select my sky welder and add it to my cart. After adding it to my cart, I can now see that I have two items and the pricing associated to those items on my search screen. Once I am finished adding items to my cart, I select check out from the left of the search screen or select the shopping cart icon on the right. That will take me to the rental request form. After filling in my contact information (don't forget the promo code at the bottom of this page). I can review the bottom portion of the page for an estimated total and a brief overview of the rental terms & conditions. Once I am finished, I click submit and again see confirmation that my request has been successfully submitted. You will also receive an email confirmation of your request. Please remember that this functionality is available on all devices so whether you are in your office or on-the-go, Burris Equipment is here for your rental needs. Submit a rental request today! Thank you for reading our tutorial. To show our appreciation, we would like to offer you an exclusive deal today! Use the promo code WEB418 to get 10% off all equipment rentals submitted online. Terms: Valid with promo code only. Must enter promo code when submitting the online rental request. Offer ends 4/11/2018. Offer good for rental contracts with a start date between 3/28/2018 and 4/11/2018.

Now Renting Turfco XT8 Aerators

As the snow starts to melt and the weather slowly warms, we are reminded that spring is right around the corner. For many people this is a reminder that their lawns will soon need attention after the harshness of winter. There are a few simple steps to take to ensure a lush green lawn for summer, one of which is aerating your lawn. Aerating pulls cores of dirt out of the ground allowing for air, water, and nutrients to enter the soil to bring life back to the lawn. At Burris Equipment we will be featuring a brand new ride on aerator this spring called the Turfco XT8.  This ride on aerator will speed up the process of aerating thanks to higher ground clearance, more horse power, and easier operation than its competitors.  The new Turfco XT8 has a whopping 8 inches of ground clearance and a robust 22.5 horse power engine. This clearance and power allows the user to climb most curbs and other obstacles in the yard such as roots, brick, and rocks. The stronger engine will provide the user with less worry when doing deep cores and allow for a lower rpm when in use which means less gas used.  The XT8 also features a “set and forget” coring depth lever.  With this the user decides the length of cores they want, adjust the lever, locks it in place, and off they go.  This new XT8 has the horse power and strength that landscapers demand, and the ease of use for any homeowner to tackle the job themselves.  If you would like to learn more or schedule an XT8 for a rental, please visit the XT8 rental detail information page. If you have questions, please contact us via email or phone today!

What To Consider When Purchasing A Diamond Blade

How are the segments/rim attached to the core? Brazing uses a silver solder between the segment/rim and core and is heated until the solder melts and bonds the two together.  Mechanical bonding uses a textured blade core to lock the segment/rim onto the edge of the blade.  With laser welding a laser is used to weld the segment/rim and core together.  What type of edge? A segmented edge offers a longer life and more durability than other types of blades.  They are fast cutting and leave a relatively smooth cut (chipping may still occur).  A continuous edge blade offers the smoothest cut.  Serrated edge blades are also known as turbo blades given their faster cutting speed.  Serrated edge blades provide a smoother cut and faster cutting rate combining the best qualities of both the other of blades. What quality of blade are you looking for? Diamond blades don’t actually cut, they grind and the exposed diamonds do the grinding work. Low quality bonds consists of weaker crystals with irregular shapes.  These are used in lower priced diamond blades and because of the jagged points of the irregular shapes have a shorter life and lower cutting rates.  Medium quality bonds consists of crystals that have a good strength and shape.  These diamonds provide a longer life and better cutting rates.  High quality bonds consists of crystals with the highest strength and an octahedral shape resulting in the longest life and fastest cutting rate. What material are you cutting? The number one rule to remember when choosing a diamond blade is to use a hard bond to cut softer materials and a soft bond to cut harder materials.  With Diamond Products diamond blades a model number with a 7 has the softest bond and should be used to cut harder materials.  10 is the hardest bond and should be used to cut softer materials.  8 is considered a general purpose blade and will cut both hard and soft materials.  Harder materials consist of reinforced concrete, general purpose concrete, and hard aggregate.  Softer materials consist of asphalt, brick and block, and green concrete.  A diamond blade that has a softer bond than necessary will always cut, but will not last as long as it should.  A diamond blade that has a harder bond than necessary may not cut at all.

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