We have partnered with CES Hire for our latest blog on machine maintenance, they have been supplying the construction industry with pumping, mixing and spraying equipment for over 40 years, as well as a wide range of tools, spare parts and PPE. They offer excellent advice and information on their website, so it is worth checking out.
Why it is important to maintain your render machine
With the cost-of-living crisis being a very real threat to many businesses, you may be making cutbacks on certain things to help boost your bank balance. However, when it comes to your render machines it is crucial not to cut corners, as in the long term it could cost you much more.
Below are 8 reasons why it is vital to maintain your render machine...
Complete daily visual checks
If checks are completed daily, you will become familiar with the machine and its mechanisms and recognise when to replace parts, grease elements and top-up oils. Common faults or wear that you may spot include:
- Blocked filters
- Empty or depleted oil levels
- Worn rotor and stator
- Perished hoses
- Missing seals (particularly on the delivery hose)
- Dirty connections between hoses, spray gun and machine
- Damaged safety grill
- Damaged tyres, towbar, trailer lights (on road-towable units)
By maintaining your machine you will prevent further deterioration. For example, if you don’t change the oil on your diesel machine, you will cause long-term damage to the engine. Any faults should fixed immediately since the problems can worsen and in most cases stop the machine from operating. Not only is it frustrating when the machine fails in the middle of a spray, but it can also be costly because, as we all know, time is money and it may negatively affect your ability to do subsequent jobs if you are unable to finish in the allotted time frame. Secondly, it will likely cause product waste as the render will go off and cannot be used which is another cost to consider. In turn, this can cause additional damage to your machine as the render can dry and block the hoses. Ultimately you may end up with an inconsistent finish as the render will be applied at different times and potentially dry to differing shades.
Whilst you may be unwilling to pay for that new rotor and stator, running a machine with damaged parts will cause more harm and incur further costs in the long run. Operating a machine with worn parts means it will not function efficiently so can create unnecessary waste, adding further costs to a project.
If you don’t carry out regular maintenance and servicing (we recommend servicing every 150 hours) you could find things start to go wrong with your machine. The longer you leave it, the more potential for machine problems. You may experience a sudden issue that causes an interruption to a job, your machine may need a repair which cannot always be fixed immediately. You should think about the possibility of additional time for ordering parts or repair work not being able to be booked straight away, all of which extend the job downtime.
Keep it clean
Sites are often dusty and dirty environments and these elements not only act as an abrasive on your machine but also look unpleasant. Keeping your machine clean will allow you to spot any machine faults and errors, and will show your company in the best possible light. A clean machine will improve your company's image and make you more attractive to prospective customers.
Site health and safety
If certain parts of your machine aren’t looked after, they may become a hazard to you and your colleagues. It is especially important to look after the hoses, since a worn or perished hose can easily split when it is under pressure and can cause serious injury. Checking the tow bar on a road-towable diesel machine is also crucial since a faulty towbar is a danger to you, other drivers and pedestrians.
Extend the life of your machine
A new machine is expensive so maintaining your current machine to keep it in the best condition for as long as possible is essential. Regular maintenance and servicing will decrease stress on the machine's engine and keep it operating at optimum performance. Checking the wearing parts (mixing paddle, rotor and stator) and keeping grease points (mixing hopper and bottom hopper) lubricated will help with the machine's longevity.
Improve the finish
Finally, rendering is all about achieving that impeccable finish and providing the appearance your customer is looking for. A well-maintained machine will spray more efficiently, waste less material and create the expected spray finish.
Further help and information
We hope this blog has been helpful...
If you have any questions on the application of render, please contact Weber:
Telephone: +44 (0)1525 722 100
If you have any queries relating to machine hire, servicing or parts, please contact CES Hire
Telephone: +44 (0)1494 977 428