How to Tell if 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 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 …

Excessive Wear

Cracks, distortion, or significant wear can compromise the safety and performance of your crane or hoist. Regularly check the following parts and mechanisms for excessive wear, cracks or distortion:

  • All welds on the machine
  • Sheaves and drums
  • Pins
  • Bearings
  • Shafts
  • Rollers
  • All locking devices

In addition to the parts listed above, chains and chain drive sprockets should be checked for excessive wear, chain stretch and the possibility of crushed chain links.

Not sure where all of these components are located? Give our team a call if you are concerned and we can send one of our mobile field vehicles and technician to check in with you.

Shiny Surfaces

Shiny surfaces in your moving parts could be a sign of abrasion – slow erosion of your equipment due to friction and wear.

All wires, joints and other moving parts are susceptible to abrasion. While abrasion damage is slow to accumulate, the end result could be the failure of a key structural feature of your crane which you want to avoid at all costs. Regular preventative maintenance with SuperService includes identifying any areas we believe are susceptible to abrasion and will be resolved quickly before issues arise.

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.

The equipment structure, including the boom and jib, should also be inspected for deformities, cracks and corrosion as well. This is all included in inspections and services with SuperService.

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.

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.

Check the outer hose covering for blistering or deformation, as this could be a sign of part failure or an impending failure. The pumps and motors that the hoses are connected to should also be inspected for failing performance indicators – unusual noises and vibration, low operating speed, excess heating of fluid and low pressure.

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.

Cylinder rods should be checked for scores, nicks or dents — as should the casing, or barrel. Rod eyes and connecting joints should not be loose or deformed. Your expert team at SuperService will check all rods and joints to provide you with peace of mind.

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.

Hooks are bent to begin with; however, misapplied weight can distort the hook in a manner which the mechanism was not intended for, which can compromise the hook’s integrity.

Ropes and slings used in the process should be oiled regularly, as dry, brittle ropes will be more prone to breakage. Slings should be regularly checked to ensure they are  free of cuts, abrasions, and contamination such as oils, chemicals, paint etc. These are all services that SuperService provide for our customers.

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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