Daily Checks One of the simplest—yet often overlooked—maintenance practices is the daily walkaround checklist. Be sure to check the engine oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant and top off when necessary. Make sure that you're using the manufacturer-recommended fluid. Remember, it never hurts to ask your dealer or your tech. After a week or so, it is important to check the fuel filter and drain any water or debris that may have built up, or replace it if necessary. Next, check the hydraulic hoses and air system for leaks—its always better to find a problem and fix it while it's small, than to wait until it's too late. Get out the Grease Gun Next, check all pivot points on the machine and grease where needed. You should also check the track tension—always check your operator's manual for the proper technique. Something that is often completely overlooked is the bucket or attachment. Be sure to check all the pivot points on the attachment as well, and grease where needed. Also, take a look at the teeth on the bucket. If they are worn down to a certain degree, that can have a serious effect on the machine's performance. If the teeth are worn and dull, the machine has to work a lot harder to get the job done, and there's no reason for the added wear-and-tear on the machine. If you aren't sure, ask your dealer or tech. Cooling System It is important to keep the radiator, oil cooler and other heat exchangers clean during operation. Check for any accumulated debris, and wipe down when necessary. Remember, slow oil or coolant leaks tend to collect dust and other particulate matter—keep an eye out for potential problem areas during your daily checks. Special Maintenance Features Many modern excavators offer special features that allow for easier maintenance. Easy access is crucial when it comes to quick maintenance checks—all of our excavators feature a well-designed engine compartment and access panels. You should be able to access and locate components easily and safely. Another great feature on our newer excavators is a multi-function monitor in the cab. This electronic panel offers important performance readouts, and will let an operator know when fluid levels are low, or when maintenance is required. Check the Manual You probably hear this a lot, but it is really important to use OEM filters and manufacturer-recommended fluids and fuel. The machines where developed and tested using these fluids and filters, and any difference in specs can affect the performance of the machine. Be sure to check your operator's manual and make sure that you are keeping up with the regular service intervals. Your technician will be sure to check the belt tension and alignment, keep up with the proper oil and fluid changes, and keep the cooling system running properly. Ask your dealer or tech about regular service intervals—again, it's always better to stay on top of things.
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. UPDATE: You may now also view your previous parts orders and print order details. To view your previous orders, login to the application if you haven't already. Then proceed to click the user silhouette icon in the upper right-hand corner and click Order/Request History. From there you can select an order number to view the details of an order. 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!
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.