Your concrete tools and equipment are vital to a variety of aspects of your job. Failing to keep them in the best condition can result in many unexpected costs, mistakes on the job and even injuries. Having a solid upkeep plan in place to maintain your concrete tools is crucial to ensure each project is completed smoothly, efficiently, on-time and on budget.
Keep Concrete Saws Clean of Debris
First, keep all of your tools and clean as possible. As you use them you will see normal wear and tear, but keep your eye out for issues that could indicate further attention is needed and lead to more serious problems down the line.
Working with concrete can cause particles, slurry mixture and other items to get stuck in or on and damage your tools and equipment if not properly cleaned. Use a hose or power washer on your saw after it has cooled down at the end of the day as part of your ongoing, regular maintenance.
Lubricate and Oil Saw Blades
Pay attention to lubricating your saw and maintaining the proper oil levels. The blades should always be properly lubricated to help the bearings and ensure everything is working properly. When dry cutting, making sure your saw is oiled correctly is important to help protect against clouding of the engine (which can cause failures) caused by too many dust particles.
Regularly Inspect the Timing Belt
Performing daily and weekly belt tension inspection can make the difference between having your saw work properly and having it fail. If the tension belt slips, it can have a direct impact on the saw’s vibration while cutting. If the saw’s vibration changes, the saw can become damaged and the life of its blade could be cut in half!
A squealing sound while cutting could indicate an issue with the timing belt and should be addressed immediately to help reduce further complications.
Maintain Parts and Accessories
Properly maintaining your saw’s supporting tools, parts and accessories, such as cords and engine power, is also essential to maximizing your equipment’s lifespan. If you start your engine and notice a lack of power, there could be an issue requiring attention. If your starter cord shows signs of wear and looks like it may be damaged, you’ll need to replace it. Your manual should explain how to replace these items, or you may need to contact the company you purchased or rented the equipment from to get the proper documentation for replacing parts.
Come up with a plan to perform daily, weekly and monthly inspections on your equipment and not only will they last a long time, but they will perform as well as they did at first purchase. To learn more about how to properly maintain your concrete cutting tools, contact us today.
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