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Maintaining Your Plate Compactor

If you care for and maintain your machine your machine will work harder for longer!

Your machine will need periodic adjusting, maintenance, and inspection at different intervals. These will be set out in the operating instructions and manuals – so make sure you read these manuals first.

Here's a quick guide:

Note: This is a guide only, please check your Operators Manual for more relevant information on your machine, and also some activities listed below are to be executed by skilled personnel only.

Daily

SAFETY CHECKS - PRE-STARTING

Before starting each day, run a routine maintenance check or inspect the following items to ensure trouble free performance.

  1. Check fluid lines, hoses, fittings, filler openings, drain plugs, pressure cap, muffler, safety shrouds and the area underneath the unit for signs of leakage or damage. Fix any leaks and correct any damage before operating.
  2. Inspect the entire unit for damaged or missing parts and repair or replace them as needed.
  3. Check the fuel level. If necessary, fill the fuel tank with the proper fuel.
  4. Check all fastening hardware to ensure it is adequately tightened and that none is missing or broken.
  5. Do not operate if there are about any missing or damaged parts to your machine.
  6. Be observant of people and obstructions within the work area.

One-off 20-30 hour maintenance

Any new equipment requires an initial maintenance schedule to properly break-in the various systems and
component units. Perform this one-time initial break-in maintenance after 20 to 30 hours of operation
in addition to the normal maintenance schedule. After this initial phase, regular intervals of maintainence
should be followed.

  1. ENGINE OIL
    Drain the engine oil after the first 20 hours of operation. Remove engine oil plug and drain engine oil. Fill with the correct amount of the recommended oil and check the oil level with the oil check gauge.
  2. BATTERY ELECTROLYTE
    If fitted - check the liquid level of battery electrolyte every month and refill with distilled water if the liquid level is low. Battery electrolyte evaporates and therefore the volume decreases.
    Insufficient electrolyte may damage battery and overflow of electrolyte may damage the bed.

Regular 10 Hour Maintenance

It is recommended that the following steps be performed at the beginning and end of each 8 to 10 hour shift, whichever comes first.

  1. ENGINE OIL
    Check the engine's oil level at the start of each day and maintain it to the full mark on the dipstick. Insert the dipstick gauge and check the full mark on the dipstick. Do not screw the dipstick in first. This will give a false reading on the gauge. Fill with new engine oil at the dipstick gauge port.       
  2. REFUELLING
    Check: Is your engine a Diesel or Petrol Engine? Incorrect fuel will severely  damage your engine. Make sure tank is full at the beginning of each day. Shut down the engine before filling with fuel. Clean around the fuel tank cap before removing and fill the tank carefully. Do not over fill with fuel. Clean around the fuel tank cap after filling the fuel
  1. AIR CLEANER
    Loosen butterfly nut and remove cleaner cover. Check and clean the element if needed. Do not wash the inner element. Install the cover and tighten the butterfly nut.                                                                                    
  2. FASTENING HARDWARE
    Ensure all hardware is adequately tightened and that none is missing or broken.

Monthly (or 100 hour) Maintenance

It is recommended that the following steps be performed at the beginning and end of each 100 hours shift or monthly,
whichever comes first.

  1. ENGINE OIL
    After the first oil change (20 hours of operation), drain the engine oil completely every 100 hours of operation. Fill with the correct amount of the recommended oil. Check the oil level with the oil check gauge dipstick.
  1. OIL FILTER
    If fitted - Replace the oil filter after the first 100 hours, then every 300 hours of operation.
  2. AIR FILTER
    Check and clean the Air Filter. If filter is looks dirty between the fins and is a dark off-white colour it will need replacing
  3. FUEL FILTER ELEMENT
    If fitted - Replace the fuel filter element after the first 100 hours, then every 300 hours of operation.
  4. V-BELT
    Check the tension of the V-belt after 100 hours of operation. Change the V-belt if it is showing signed of damage.
  5. TIMING-BELT
    If fitted - Check the tension of the timing-belt after 100 hours of operation. Adjust the tension of the timing-belt if necessary. Replace if showing signs of damage.
  6. BATTERY ELECTROLYTE
    Check and fill the battery electrolyte every month or after 100 hours of operation.

 

    Yearly (or 300 hour) Maintenance

    It is recommended that the following steps be performed at the beginning and end of each 300 hours shift or monthly,
    whichever comes first. This is in addition to the daily, 20 hour and 100 hour checks.

    1. OIL FILTER
      If fitted - Replace the oil filter after 300 hours of operation (this is after the initial 100 hour replacement).
    2. VIBRATORY SHAFT CASE OIL
      Drain the vibratory shaft case oil annually or after 300 hours of operation. Remove the drain plug, and the fill plug. Drain out the oil and fill with the correct amount of the recommended oil.
    3. TIMING BELT
      If fitted - Change the timing belt annually or after 300 hours of operation.

    “A well oiled and cared for machine works much harder and longer than any other machine”


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