Sealcoat spray systems and crack filling machines are far from cheap, so it's only natural that you'd want them to last for many years. So how do you get the most out of your old asphalt equipment? Read our blog below to learn more.
Always prioritize worker safety
Whether you're using an old spray system or a new one, it is your responsibility as an employer to train your employees to operate the equipment properly and safely. You are also required to keep the equipment up-to-date and safe to use.
At work, make sure that the equipment is transported and handled properly. It must also be stored properly after each use.
Inspect your sealcoating and crack filling equipment regularly
As your equipment ages and components begin to break down, it's crucial to inspect it or have it inspected regularly. Thorough checks should be done every day before and after use. You must also conduct equipment inspections every three to 6 months.
Check your equipment when the sealcoating season ends and before you put it in storage, as well as before the start of the season to make sure that everything is working properly. We also recommend that you check the machine whenever it sustains damage or when it is undergoing maintenance.
If you're not conducting inspections yourself, make sure that the person who does is knowledgeable enough on what to check, the things to look for, and what they should do in case they find an issue on the machine.
Keep your inspection notes on a piece of paper or your computer. Don't throw it away because you might need to refer to it again after several months or years. Or you might want to sell the equipment several years at some point in time, and you need proof that it is still in good condition, so it's important to have documentation.
Conduct daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance
Check sealer levels every day, and be sure to inspect your air and oil breathers every week. Changing your engine oil should always be conducted every month. Check your hose for signs of damage, and check your spray tips for clogging or if it needs to be replaced altogether.
Always read your user's manual before you use the sealcoating or crack filling equipment, and refer to it each time you're conducting maintenance.
Related: How To Care For Sealcoating Machines
Repair damaged equipment as soon as possible
Always have the sealcoating equipment or crack filling machine repaired as soon as you spot a problem. Replace faulty or damaged components asap.
Check out our site for replacement components, or if you can't find them on your own on the website, simply reach out to us by giving us a call or sending us an email. Let us know the model of the spray system, crack filling machine, or surface prep equipment you own so we can check if we have the necessary components.
Your pothole patching machine or crack filling equipment might have several years under its belt, but that doesn't mean you have to invest in a newer one. If the equipment is still working perfectly, all you have to do is have it maintained routinely and replace failing components so you can get the most out of it for many years.