It can be the little things that lead to disaster, the smallest of issues can lead to the largest problems. Ignore something critical, or give it less attention that it merits and you flirt with the possibility of problems. We all know that, yet to a degree in many areas of our lives we all take chances don’t we?
Maybe we eat right but we drive at something over the posted speeds. We get the proper amount of rest at nights, but we don’t see the harm in crossing the street against the light. We purchase the best equipment for our business, but we leave the maintenance our employee “Dave” out back. He has the time, and he seems handy with a wrench.
It’s the little things, if you’re going to roll the dice on equipment maintenance taking the [and let’s be kind here and call it] “more economic” route be certain to be banking those savings you creating in the event the decision comes back to visit you.
Time and again we stand staring down at a piece of equipment in the shop that has fallen victim to the trap or allure of low cost self-maintenance. This past week it was an engine that was lost due to contaminants drawn through a slip in a hose between the air filter and the engine. The split was on the bottom of the hose so no cursory inspection would have found it, without a thorough inspection it would never be found. As a result with something less than half its economic life behind it, the engine needs to be replaced.
I’m not certain our customer was banking his saved self-maintenance dollars; I hope he was because this isn’t going to be cheap. Are you doing self-maintenance, if so are you certain you are giving your equipment the time they need to prevent big problems?
If not, are you banking those savings?
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