Best Practices: Preseason Preparation

Best Practices: Preseason Preparation

Written by: Burris Staff Members | January 11, 2019

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:

  1. How do conduct walk around inspections
  2. Operating the machine properly to reduce excessive wear
  3. 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!

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