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
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: undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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. undefined 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.
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. undefined undefined undefined 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!
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. undefined 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.
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.
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. undefined 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. undefined 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!
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.
Designed for skids steers and compact wheel loaders Snow Wolf’s Ultra series angle plows are perfect for machines ranging from 6,000lbs to 14,000lbs with a universal skid steer mounting bracket. The dual pivot A-frame is built tough at over 270 pounds. Equipped with nitro hydraulic cylinders that are 5 times more resistant to salt than the industry standard chrome cylinders. The moldboard is designed to optimally roll the snow increasing efficiency and minimizing fuel and horsepower requirements. Angles 35 degrees in both directions. Oscillates 6 inches to follow the contours of the ground. A full width 9” trip edge with steel cutting edge provides excellent scraping while protecting from unseen obstacles. Make your Ultra plow even more productive with the following accessories: FastTach – Converts an angle plow into a snow pusher in less than 5 seconds. The FastTach can be picked up and dropped off without ever leave the cab of your machine. WolfWings – Attach to the sides of the Ultra plow and add 20 inches to each side. These have the same curvature as the moldboard, so you won’t lose any efficiency from rolling the snow. UltraPlows are available in 72”, 84”, 96”, 108”, 120”, & 132” widths with 96”, 108”, and 120” plows stocked by Burris Equipment.
As we move into fall- the days get shorter, the air gets colder, and soon winter will be here. With winter brings snow and depending on which side of the fence you sit this is either a blessing or a curse. No matter our point of view, we all will have to deal with the white stuff on our sidewalks, business, and properties. The good news is that there is a lot of equipment available to you to help this often daunting task seem less frightening. For the Home & Small Sidewalk Areas: Honda makes several varying styles of Snow Blowers to help. Two different styles of snow blowers are available single stage and two-stage. A single stage style of snow blower is small and light-weight and typically uses a spinning auger to pull in snow and project it out via a discharge chute. Since the single auger does both tasks of pulling in snow and discharging snow it works best for light, fluffy snow falls and is less efficient in heavy, deeper snow. Single stage snow blowers tend to be lighter weight and more maneuverable. Two-stage snow throwers are better suited for heavier deeper snow falls, they typically feature a serrated auger to pull and break snow (stage one) and a impeller to launch or throw the snow out of the discharge chute (stage two). This type of machines is heavier and less maneuverable than a single stage and often have a drive system while the single stage rely on the operator to manually push them. undefined https://burrisequipment.com/products/manufacturer/honda-power-equipment For Professionals and Large Areas: Ventrac offers three different styles of sidewalk snow removal machines, the SSV, 3400, and 4500 tractors. Sidewalk Snow Vehicle (SSV) is a new and efficient way to manage snow and ice on sidewalks. This dedicated sidewalk has an industry first 36” working width allowing for access in the tightest of areas. The SSV also allows more reduction of hand labor and walk behind equipment than ever before. It’s designed with a full arsenal of commercial quality snow removal attachments and de-icing options that are engineered to provide a system that can handle any winter storm. With features like 8mph top speed, 4 x 4 skid-steer drive system, stainless steel hardware, 500cca high capacity battery, and high ground clearance for curbs you will be impressed with the durability and labor savings you get from the Ventrac SSV. undefined https://www.ventrac.com/products/tractors/ssv 3400 & 4500 tractors are also available for the largest sidewalk snow removal jobs like college campus applications, large shopping malls, and miles of bike and walking path. Both the 3400 and 4500 feature heavy duty design and enclosed heated cabs to keep the operator out of the elements. They also feature one pass ice control via a highly efficient and effective drop salt spreader that puts the salt where you need it and not on landscaping. In addition easily inter-changeable attachments for snow work that include power broom, v-blade, straight blade, and a powerful two stage snow thrower. undefined https://www.ventrac.com/solutions/snow Plan ahead and don’t let winter catch you off guard. Give us a call or inquire online today and let us help you with your snow removal needs.