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Equipment first aid

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- Posted: September 5, 2017
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Breakdowns can happen even to the most well-oiled fleet. Be prepared with the following checklist of the basic items to carry, either on the plow truck or a separate mobile repair unit. 

The Basics
Basic tools and parts that should be stocked include:


1. PPE (personal protective equipment) – During the winter it’s very important to ensure that safety is a top priority. Always having the proper PPE and clothing during snowstorms (along with extra) is essential to safety.

2. LED Magnetic Flashlight – Repairs happen at all hours, and it’s important to have proper lighting to work at night. A magnetic flashlight is crucial when making simple repairs in the field alone.

3. Grease Gun and Assortment of Maintenance Fluids – Make sure these are specific to your equipment. Simple lubrication maintenance can often be overlooked during extensive winter use.

4. Electrical Cleaner, Wire Stripper and Electrical Tape – Most common electrical problems stem from dirty, loose or corroded connections.

5. Basic Hydraulic Lines
– Make sure these are specific to your equipment. It is always handy to have spare hoses and hose assembly connectors in your vehicle in case a hose or valve becomes faulty or bursts. Having the simplest spare parts on hand can save time.

6. Basic Tool Kit
– You don’t have to have a crazy 200-piece toolbox, just the basics to make the most common repairs: ratchets, crescents, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.

7. Jumper Cables
– Cold temperatures can be tough on batteries and having good clean jumper cables is crucial during the cold months.

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Mobile Repair Unit – Advanced
Your mobile repair unit is your maintenance shop on wheels. Stock a smaller assortment of repair and maintenance brands and items to be able to service more equipment more efficiently. Tools and parts that should be stocked include:
 
1. Welder/Generator/Compressor Unit – This is the ultimate tool for allowing some larger repairs to be done out in the field.

2. Mechanic’s Tool Set – It’s very important to stock more than just the basics. Having a large array of tools to get the job done out in the field is crucial when making larger and more extensive repairs.

3. Phone/Computer/Air Card
– To service larger items in the field, it is important to utilize have all available resources. Technology allows instant information, and these tools provide the ability to immediately access online programs and handbooks specific to your equipment. Also, asset management programs can log maintenance/repair records right from the field.

4. Assortment of Nuts/Bolts – It’s crucial to have all sizes of hardware common to your equipment repair needs. Have full and even extra stock to adequately make repairs to a variety of nuts/bolts.

5. Hydraulic Fluid & Oil
– Having larger volumes of hydraulic fluid and oil is essential.  Whether you are topping off fluids or making a repair to a leaky hose/motor, the proper amount of hydraulic fluid and oil is essential to the ensure the machine is running at peak performance. 

6. Fuel Filters/Fuel Stabilizer – Being able to change a fuel filter along with ensuring proper fuel levels is crucial during the winter, especially when dealing with diesel engines.

7. Spill Kits – Spills can be a risk when servicing equipment out in the field. It is extremely important to have the tools to contain, absorb and properly dispose of any type of spill.

8. Cutting Edges/Plow Rubbers
– Maintaining a proper cutting edge is crucial to plowing efficiently and ultimately reducing amounts of deicing materials. Additional stock of plow/pusher edges, along with other tools, allows for the adjustment or replacement of cutting edges. 

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