If your machine is ever out of use, and especially overwinter, it is really important to undertake some simple maintenance. Take a look at our winter maintenance tips below.
This will help when you start the machine up for potting again!
- Find your manual! This week Dan found someone’s manual in a puddle!
- Lost your manual? If you can’t find it send us a Whatsapp to 07399 473635 with your Machine Name and Serial Number (usually on your electrical panel) and we will get a copy to you.
- Read your manual! This gives all the Health and Safety steps you need and lots of helpful advice on routine and preventive maintenance specific to your machine.
- There are various panels which can be removed to help you maintain your machine and access any compacted materials.
- Make sure your machine is unplugged before you start.
- Clean out any compost. Compost retains moisture in the machines parts which can cause parts to seize when they are left unused for a while. It can also become compacted over time.
- Try and use a plastic shovel so you don’t scrape the metal work on your machine. We use an industrial hoover to clean our hire machines and an airline to get into the hard-to-reach places.
- Check for any blockages or debris that might be caught in the machine – pots, rocks, plastic and bits of wood are all common culprits for jams.
- Spray your chains with a good quality chain lubricant. We use Pro Lube Chain Lubricant. Run the machine empty for 10-15 minutes once you’ve done this.
- Grease any bearings
- Check oil levels on your gearboxes
- Clear dust out of the electrical panel and motors
- Check your E-Stops. It’s a good time to check safety stops are working correctly by testing them on an empty machine
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