excavator tracks

At Compass Auctions we are known for our monthly auctions featuring well-maintained heavy equipment with low hours. Our July Day 1 auction won’t be any different! Featured items include a 2019 Volvo EC300EL Excavator, a 2015 Kobelco SK500LC, and a 2018 CAT 289D Skid Steer.

The consignors who provided these machines took good care of them while they were in their possession and hope you do the same.

A regular maintenance schedule will go a long way in keeping your machine running smoothly. It also saves money by extending machine life, preventing downtime, and increasing efficiency. Special attention should be given to your machines’ undercarriage. A machine’s undercarriage is responsible for up to 60% of all equipment repair bills.

5 Ways To Keep Your New Machine In Working Condition

Routine Checks

Check your machines’ undercarriage and tracks every day. An end of day inspection is ideal because it is easier to stick to. Look for cracks, missing rubber, and exposed cables in the machine’s tracks. Make a checklist to service the following parts of your machine:

  • Bearings
  • Bolts
  • Chains
  • Drive motor
  • Gears
  • Idlers and rollers
  • Nuts/screws
  • Oil lines
  • Pins
  • Rock guards
  • Shoes
  • Sprockets
  • Tension
  • Water lines
  • Wheels

Keep It Clean

In colder conditions, the rollers can freeze if mud or debris freezes, resulting in seizing and loosening the guiding. So, be sure to remove any dirt and debris lodged under your machine during your routine inspection.

Maintain Proper Track Tension

Over tightened tracks force your machine to work harder. It causes wear on parts, a decrease in power output, and lower fuel efficiency. Loose tracks contribute to instability, component wear, and can trigger track derailing. If you’re working in mud, sand, or snow, you may need to adjust the track tension throughout the day.

Change High-Wear Parts

Regularly check your machine’s sprockets, bottom rollers, and front and rear idlers. Sprockets wear down more quickly. Ensure that each idler tooth is rounded. If some are misshapen, replace the sprockets. To be proactive, consider changing the sprockets whenever you replace the track.

Idlers and rollers should be sealed and lubricated. Make sure no fluid is leaking. A loss of fluids can cause the idler to seize or the machine to overheat.

Train All Operators

All operators should be fully trained on the equipment they use. Operators have the most contact with equipment on the lot, so they will be the first to see any service lights or hear abnormal noises. Use incentives, or hard-set rules, to encourage operators to learn how to clean and inspect heavy equipment.

The July Day 1 auction is scheduled for July 27th @ 10am ET. Pre-bidding is open now!  We’ll be adding more heavy equipment to the catalog over the next few weeks, so check back soon.

Registering & Bidding 

It’s bidding time! Don’t forget to register with Compass Auctions & Real Estate so you’re ready for auction day. Need help registering? Take a look at our Auction Crash Course. Next, check out the auction calendar to see when pre-bidding starts. Get a crash course on bidding here.  

Have a Machine You Want to Sell?

Our concierge level of service makes selling heavy equipment easy with Compass Auctions & Real Estate. Our team lists, markets, and accepts payments for your item, so all you have to do is look forward to receiving your check. Our Sell in Place program eliminates the hassle of transporting your property.

For more information on selling heavy equipment at auction, call 800-729-6466.  

About Compass Auctions & Real Estate 

Compass Auctions and Real Estate hosts monthly auctions featuring heavy equipment, firearms and ammo, industrial equipment, vehicles, jewelry and collectibles, and restaurant equipment. Our team is here to help! If you have questions about any of the items for auction, call 800-729-6466 or send an email to info@soldoncompass.com.  

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