7 Signs your Crane or Hoist needs repairs

Quality maintenance, servicing and timely crane repair is essential to keep your crane or hoist running safely and efficiently.

At SuperService, we recommend that our customers have all parts and mechanisms of their cranes and hoists properly inspected by a qualified technician at least every 12 months to avoid unnecessary damage or breakdowns.

Between inspections, it is important to regularly monitor your equipment and keep an eye out for signs of failure or impending failure. Repair issues can quickly become a safety issue prior to your annual inspection which we must avoid at all costs.

So what should you look for? Our team of experts at SuperService have provided a quick checklist of key elements for determining if your crane or hoist needs some SuperService TLC and a quick holiday at one of our workshops. Keep an eye out for …

  1. Excessive Wear – Cracks, distortion, or significant wear can compromise the safety and performance of your crane or hoist.
  2. Shiny Surfaces – Shiny surfaces in your moving parts could be a sign of abrasion – slow erosion of your equipment due to friction and wear. Regular preventative maintenance with SuperService includes identifying any areas we believe are susceptible to abrasion and will be resolved quickly before issues arise.
  3. Corrosion – Corrosion can cause loss of strength, compromised systems and compromised integrity. Bolts, rivets and other fasteners should be checked to ensure they are not loose, failed or significantly corroded.
  4. Leaking Engines – Gas, diesel or electric engines should all be inspected for safety-related problems such as leaking exhaust and ensuring the proper operation of emergency shut-down features. If you notice any fluids leaking from your heavy equipment, give us a call.
  5. Leaking or Blistering Hoses – Many cranes have a variety of hydraulic, pneumatic and otherwise pressurized hoses. These hoses and their fittings should be regularly inspected for any indications that a leak may be present.
  6. Leaking Cylinders – Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders should be checked for drifting caused by fluid leaking across the piston. Rod seals and welded joints should be inspected for leaks as well. Your expert team at SuperService will check all rods and joints to provide you with peace of mind.
  7. Check Related Equipment – All related equipment which is not part of the crane system but works in tandem with your crane or hoist should be regularly checked to ensure they’re working optimally and safely.

Super-tip: Always listen for changes in the noises that your crane, hoist, or related equipment makes during usage – this could indicate a breakdown or corrosion in parts.

Your machine’s health is paramount to its output and the success of your business. A machine not working to its full potential is costing you time and money. The team at SuperService are here to ensure this doesn’t happen and will work with you to keep you moving.

Give us a call to discuss your specific crane or hoist servicing and maintenance needs. We have dedicated workshops or mobile technicians available and can create a unique service and maintenance plan for your machinery.

Call SuperService on 1300 895 895 or visit www.sservice.com.au


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