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.

Staying Warm In Cold Temperatures

During the winter months, it’s important to stay warm when working outdoors in cold temperatures to retain body heat and avoid hypothermia and frostbite. The following best practices will help you and your team operating in the winter. Prepare Your Equipment Air Filters Check, and if necessary replace, air filters in the cab to improve your heater’s effectiveness. Also, make sure that snow or ice isn’t blocking any airways. Radiator Cover the radiator intake to help the machine warm up faster. Don’t operate the machine until the engine has reached operating temperature to reduce the chance of damage. Engine Block  Plug in engine block heaters at night for each machine to avoid problems and service calls. Wear The Proper Gear Coveralls Thermal insulated coveralls are essential for anyone who is working outdoors in the winter. They are designed to maximize body heat containment while allowing a wide range of motion. If coveralls aren’t an option, look for thermal long underwear to help keep in body heat. Helmet Liners Worn under a hard hat, these liners keep your head and neck warm. Fleece lined fabric is the most popular choice because of its comfort and insulation levels. Keep spares on hand and remember to wash them regularly for the best results. Maintain a stable center of gravity at all times.  Proper Gloves Glove selection is crucial to balancing warmth with dexterity. Make sure the fabric and textures are suited to your job and consider gloves that work with a liner. They may be a little oversized, but they allow increased protection. Thermal Socks and Insulated Boots Standing or walking on cold surfaces for long periods of time can quickly decrease your core body temperature. Double layer socks and boots designed for cold weather can make a big difference.   Optimize The Environment Ground Barriers Where possible, stand on mats, plywood or other barriers if you’ll be working outside for long periods of time. These materials act as installation to help decrease the amount of body heat lost to the cold ground. Portable Heaters There are many types and sizes of heaters that help keep workers warm. Rent or purchase heaters for outdoor projects to increase worker productivity. Watch For These Symptoms Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of over exposure. Hypothermia ·         The body stops shivering ·         Breath becomes shallow and slow ·         Victim will suffer from memory loss and confusion as well as exhaustion ·         Speech may become mumbled and slurred ·         Extremities will loose coordination causing stumbling and fumbling ·         Pulse will slow down and become weak ·         In severe cases unconsciousness can follow without breathing or a pulse Frost Bite Initial signs of frostbitten skin include ·         A change in color to white, grey-yellow, or dark and black ·         A texture that is hard and waxy feeling ·         Numbness ·         Blisters During rewarming and healing the skin may ·         Swell and become painful ·         Burn and itch Skin damaged by frostbite can suffer from long-term numbness. In some cases, the tissue dies requiring removal of the body part.

Boom Lift and Scissor Lift Rentals

Winter is finally here! For homeowners, now is the perfect time to take care of those pesky branches that might not make it through the winter, clean gutters or any other outdoor maintenance. For contractors and other professionals, indoor work may just be getting started. Burris Equipment offers a few options for Boom Lift rentals, including a tow behind unit that hooks right up to your truck. Every Boom Lift rental comes with a free harness & lanyard as well. For those of you that may be working inside factories/buildings/homes this winter, we also offer a full line of JLG Scissor Lifts. We offer Electric Scissor Lifts in maximum heights of 19’, 20’, 26’, and 32’. Our smaller scissor lifts even have safety bars that fold down, so you can fit through a standard size doorway. Feel free to view our online rental inventory or stop into any of our three locations to take a look at what we have to offer. We’d also be happy to discuss your job with you and assist you in evaluating what kind of lift can get your job done!

Featured Product – Pro-Tech Rubber Edge Sno Pusher

Pro-Tech’s rubber edge sno pushers come in numerous sizes and are made specifically for backhoes, compact wheel loaders, compact tractors, skid steers, and wheel loaders All Pro-Tech pushers are built with the highest quality in mind and consist of the following: Only prime steel is used, which meets the chemistry specifications as intended by the manufacturer and ensures a consistent high quality. Fully welded seems create a stronger more durable product that is also more resistant to corrosion. For added structural support of the moldboard, reinforced structural steel channels are welded to the back of the pushers. All pushers go through a 2 step paint process of high quality primer and paint.  Each coating is at least 4 millimeters thick. The SBR extruded rubber used for the rubber edge has a durometer of 65, and a tensile strength of 2,000psi and gives these edges a balance of harness, flexibility, and durability.

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