Why maintain and service your baler? Hints, tips and reminders.
Why do you need to maintain and service your baler? Well, you maintain and service your car don’t you? Or perhaps your boiler? The idea behind this is exactly the same.
All engines, machines and mechanical equipment need a certain level of care and attention; especially one that is used often, like a baler or a car. They get used, they get worn and then these little problems start to appear.
However, if you maintain your baler and service it regularly, faults and breakdowns can be prevented. We are not saying all issues can be prevented; a flat tyre is not always predictable or preventable. But a flat tyre due to a worn-out tyre is, if a level a maintenance and service is maintained.
Below are a few reminders, hints and tips that may encourage you to give your baler, or any other machinery, a little TLC every so often.
Health and Safety
The big H & S – the words send a chill down the spines of managers all over the country but it is one of the biggest reasons to keep on top of your maintenance.
Health and Safety in the work place is really important and in the event of an inspection you will need to provide records of maintenance and servicing on big machinery. Maintenance and servicing is something that can be done within your company, if you have on-site engineers to complete regular checks, or you can have an external company that carry out these checks for you.
Despite the nasty connotations, the positive outcome will be a fully functioning machine that works.
You have just invested in a piece of equipment, you clearly like it and want it to work but don’t you also want it to last?
Regular servicing and maintenance are proven to increase the lifespan. Why do you think there are so many ‘Vintage’ cars still driving about holding up the traffic? Because they have been carefully maintained and serviced. They have been loved and cared for.
All your baler wants is to be cared for and do its job for as long as possible. We sold balers over 15 years ago that are still going strong and they rarely have issues because they are well looked after.
So, apart from having a service plan in place what little things can you do to look after your machinery?
The Machines Manual
This is the best place to learn how to care for your machine. It will tell you what needs doing, when and how often. If you haven’t got a manual for your machine then contact your supplier and request one. Take some time to read it (We know! Who reads these things?). There is often a helpful checklist.
If you can write in the dirt on the outside, imagine what the dirt is like on the inside.
Once in a while, empty your baler, turn it off and give it a good clean. Brush out any debris, dry recyclables can cause a lot of dust, wipe it down and, if possible and avoiding any electrics, hose it down.
It will immediately look better, it may even work a bit better and your baler will thank you for it.
Oil me up
Have you heard of WD40? I bet you have it at home and use it on door hinges, bikes and many more things don’t you? Well use it at work too.
Door hinges, handles and levers will all need a little help as time goes on. If you notice one stiffening up, grease it up a little and see if it improves. It’s better to prevent it getting any worse.
Don’t neglect me
Like with anything, if you treat it rough and neglect a baler it will start to show. The biggest cause of breakdown is through user error and neglect. Make sure that your staff are fully trained on using the equipment and the maintenance routine of the machine.
There is plenty of space to stick some instructions to the front of the machine to jog memories and you never know, the maintenance may get done.
At Orwak Easi UK Ltd, we provide comprehensive service contracts on most makes and models of balers so we like to think we know a bit about their up keep.