Tech Tip: Fuel Filters and the Winter Season

Keeping your fuel system clean is key in harsh winter conditions

We had a customer come in with a skid steer loader that wasn’t performing the way a low hour skid steer should.  The machine had under 400 hours, but the owner wasn’t happy with the way it was running, so he came to the experts here at the shop.  It didn’t take our guys much time to find the culprit: a dirty fuel filter! Continue reading

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Equipment Fleets

Skid Steer Loader Oil Change

Preventative maintenance is the key to running an efficient fleet

There are two types of maintenance repairs in the equipment business – preventative and reactive – and the difference between the two is the difference between a profitable shop and a money drain.  According to a Construction Equipment study if your maintenance/repair costs are 15% or more of the replacement value of your fleet you’re losing money!  Preventative maintenance helps keep a shop efficient by reducing emergency breakdowns (and the labor costs associated with it) and by giving you the ability to plan ahead for major repairs.  Whether you’ve got one machine or one hundred you should be following a maintenance schedule, plain and simple – whether it’s in house or with your local dealer.  Here’s are a few key tips we’ve gathered over the years running our own shop: Continue reading