Spring is nearly here and for the equipment industry, it means jobsites are about to be busy as ever and machines expected to put in hard work and long hours – is your fleet up to the task?
Along with regular preventative maintenance, an annual, thorough inspection is among the best ways to show your equipment some love and ensure it’s in prime form for the busy season ahead. Every fleet manager, construction business owner, and equipment operator knows this but many companies simply don’t have the time or proper resources to execute a solid PM and inspection program. This is when having a trusted equipment dealership is a big advantage.
RDO Equipment Co. offers an annual inspection program for equipment including John Deere, Vermeer, and other leading brands. In addition to larger machines, the company also provides annual inspections for machine control, paving, and other systems, as well as special opportunities for annual training and technology upgrades.
Aside from the simple fact top dealerships like RDO Equipment Co. offer annual inspection programs, here are 5 reasons why this special TLC now is the key to uptime all season long.
For something as important as your fleet’s health, don’t trust it to anyone but professionals. Most dealerships employ trained, certified equipment technicians that ensure the highest level of care is given to every machine. Many of them even specialize in a certain manufacturer, great for fleets with several machines bearing the same brand name. Similarly, leading dealerships often have dedicated product specialists who are experts in equipment technology and can ensure systems are working properly, calibrated, and software is up-to-date.
Additionally, skilled technicians and product specialists have a keen ability to “see” what others can’t, drawing on experience and patterns to offer a proactive vs. reactive approach. The best technicians, for instance, are able to spot small issues that could be the beginnings of major problems, and address them before they become serious.
Those untrained or inexperienced in equipment maintenance and technology may have the best of intentions, but can easily miss warning signs and crucial points, or perform repairs or system upgrades incorrectly.
The best technicians and dealerships alike provide an exceptional level of detail when it comes to inspecting machines, including a thorough process highlighted by dozens – or more – check points. This goes deeper than changing oil and replacing air filters, often including in-depth looks at everything from pumps and engines, and heating and A/C systems, to testing cords and connectors, and cleaning system components.
This attention to detail extends beyond machines and systems, as most dealerships keep precise, thorough records of maintenance and service. While the immediate benefit is simple peace of mind, the long-term payoff comes in multiple forms.
Good record-keeping gives a technician greater insight into the machine’s history – what it has been through, past problems, and how well (or poorly) it has been maintained. They’re able to compare to records of other, similar pieces of equipment to identify patterns or uncommon issues. All of this can help a technician better troubleshoot or offer proactive suggestions down the road. And when the time comes to sell a machine, detailed records that prove how meticulously it was maintained gives the seller a great reason to seek top dollar.
Parts and Products
Major dealerships offer a substantial inventory of parts and the ability to source and deliver them fast, thanks to relationships with major manufacturers and, often, a network of their own stores. This broad selection often extends to crucial products like batteries, DEF, and filters for added convenience and no interruption to work throughout the season.
Some dealerships take their parts game to an elevated level. RDO Equipment Co., for example, has a dedicated Parts Support Center. This centralized team supports all stores in the entire dealer network, fielding customer questions, finding and sourcing the parts customers need, and, most importantly, delivering parts quickly.
A Network of Teamwork
Speaking of dealerships with large networks of stores, another advantage of them comes during peak inspection season. Rather than customers experiencing delays in response time and service due to higher demand, the team often works with other stores to balance out the workload. If one store is over shop capacity, another store can step in and take on some of the work so no customer is turned away or left waiting.
Mix of Manufacturers
Few businesses these days operate with only one manufacturer’s line of equipment. Top dealerships are experienced and able to care for numerous lines of equipment, even if it’s not the flagship brand carried at the store.
RDO Equipment Co. technicians, for example, are trained and certified on major manufacturers like John Deere and Vermeer, but also have the resources to do everything from basic care up to more complex work on other manufacturers too – a major plus for companies with mixed fleets.
Key to every company’s productivity and uptime is avoiding unexpected equipment downtime and repairs when the busy work season is underway. Before winter ends, make sure to get your equipment inspected at your trusted, local equipment dealership.
About The Author
Jason Kreps is Product Specialist Manager for RDO Equipment Co. and based in Moorhead, MN.
For more information on preventative maintenance or to schedule your winter equipment inspection, call or visit your local RDO Equipment Co. store.