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September 19, 2008
8:01 AM
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Heres a good trick in regards to greasing and maintenance. If you break it, you are responsible for it. Blowing an engine with a full pan of oil is noticable, because oil will be everywhere. Accidents happen. A relatively dry engine will not be too messy, and grease fittings will be dirty after a week without greasing. If a guy is too lazy to grease, then he's probably too lazy to wipe up any excess grease on the zirk that he may have claimed to put in. Check em.

Being an operator myself, the last thing I want to do is burn up a machine because of lack of maintenance. You don't want your reputation to be tarnished with something stupid like that.

On the owners side, if your operator is telling you that a gauge isn't working, or somethings making a funny noise, don't slough it off and give the guy attitude like he's a prima donna. He's telling you your investment is in danger of being ruined. Nothing like telling the boss, "Hey, my water temp gauge isn't working, I need to get it fixed." and getting the reply, "we can deal with that later, just run that piece, and be careful." As months go by without being fixed, the thermostat sticks, and the head gets cracked. Machine down, profit lost, man paid, project dates rearranged. All over a stupid gauge.

Management says," That man is a shrirker! He's not doing his maintenance!" "If he was this wouldn't be a problem!"

Operator says," That is the biggest BS outfit I've ever worked for, their equipment is junk." " I told them about that thing 5 months ago, a 30 minute fix is all it needed."

Your equipment is your lifeblood of your trade, make sure you get the small things fixed before they become big things.

November 27, 2007
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Maybe a little harsh, but if it keeps the equipment running and the foreman on the hook, sounds good to me.

November 25, 2007
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There is a company here that has a massive amount of equipment, new and old, all running. The rumor is that they have a guy that places tags on the equipment, in places that will be easily noticed during routine maintenance, i.e. dipstick, grease fitting, etc. The tag has instructions to notify foreman, who then call the guy that placed the tag. If you don't call when you should(because you are not doing maintenance) you get written up, and then fired.
A little bit big brother, but if it works....
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November 19, 2007
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That is a good motivator! When operators treat there gear like it's their own, it sure seems like things get done.

I worked for a company that had "Remember this truck pays your salary" stickers inside all of the vehicles.

November 18, 2007
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All my machines have a sticker, if the machine doesn't work neither do you, that has worked so far my guys look out for the machines, if somethings wrong they tell me, they won't kill the machine to do the job, but they get the job done.

October 31, 2007
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I agree, make the operator the "owner" of the machine with all of the responsibility for its care and your machines will last longer.

October 30, 2007
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Most definitely. I agree with Digger, get an operator and where the machine goes he/she goes.

October 29, 2007
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If your talking about your new toy i am cringing!
Only put one operator in that and leave him there!
Demo drivers are rough at the best of times and if you put it out on self drive you'll be giving a cup away in your caption competition!

October 8, 2007
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Im not sure if this fits into Means & methods or not but. When you are supplying demolition machines to a site do you

A. HAVE YOUR OWN IN HOUSE OPERATORS (STANDING)

B. USE AN EXTERNAL SOURCE FOR YOUR OPERATORS

C. NOT SUPPLY THEM AT ALL

D. USE A MIXTURE OF THE ABOVE, ALTHOUGH HAVE ONE FORM OF SOURCE THAT YOU USE MORE OFTEN.

Chris

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