Proper Hammer Attachment Maintenance

LKomatsu1aike all products, hammers require routine maintenance from end-users to keep equipment running efficiently. Montabert District Service Manager Greg Clinton says a little work upfront can ensure attachments last as long as they are designed to, and ultimately save a tremendous amount of time and money for customers. This work comes both at home and at the dealer level.

  1. Daily inspections: Customers should conduct daily inspections of all attachments to make sure hardware is assembled and functioning properly, and to search for any leaks or signs of damage
  2. Maintenance programs: Customers should be sure to follow Montabert’s recommended maintenance program, specific to each attachment
  3. Routine service checks: Customers should schedule routine service checks with their dealer to prolong the life of the machine

“Repairs can become expensive when routine maintenance is not carried out,” Clinton said. “Small issues can lead to very large problems if they are not fixed in a timely manner.” Some common issues Clinton sees as a service manager include damaged strike pistons and cylinder oil leaks from worn bushings, safety issues resulting from missing cap mounting hardware, or even major engine failure from running a breaker with contaminated oil. “In the long run, it’s better to spend money to invest in your attachment now, fixing minor issues, than ruin your machine and lose all productivity in the future.”

Visit our Montabert showroom to see our selection of Montabert Hammers, breakers and other attachments, then contact your local Power Equipment Location for more information on service and parts for your hammer attachments, regardless of the brand.

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Komatsu Adds 2 New Tier 4 Haulers

Increased horsepower, reduced fuel consumption, improved access, and all new operator environment

HD465-8 and HD605-8

Rolling Meadows, Ill., November 3, 2016 – Komatsu America Corp., a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, today introduced the new HD465-8 and HD605-8 off-highway trucks.  Equipped with EPA Tier 4 Final certified engines, these latest additions to the rigid frame truck family combine increased horsepower and the Komatsu Traction Control System (KTCS) to provide improved productivity. These models have payload capacities of 61 U.S. (short)/55 metric tons and 69.4 U.S. (short)/63 metric tons, respectively. They replace the HD465-7 and HD605-7 models.

The new trucks feature a Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engine that has increased to 724 HP (540 kW) and reduced fuel consumption for the HD465-8 by up to seven percent, and the HD605-8 by up to 12%, compared to their predecessors.  Machine access is improved with sloped stairs and handrails in front, to replace the previous ladder configuration.

For HD465-8 and HD605-8 machines, Komatsu Traction Control System (KTCS) is now standard. KTCS automatically applies independent brake assemblies to achieve optimum traction in varying ground conditions.  Because the system operates without the need for differential lock-up, steering performance is not compromised.

Other new standard features for both truck models include a seven inch, LCD color monitor, dedicated rearview monitor, fast-fill fuel system, an engine compartment light, and a premium heated and ventilated operator’s seat with air suspension.

“With an increase in horsepower and improved fuel economy, the HD465-8 and HD605-8 are designed to maximize production efficiency,” said Rob McMahon, product marketing manager for Komatsu America. “With enhancements to the cab layout and maintenance access, combined with new technology features, these trucks have something everyone will like,” McMahon said.

Read about all the improvements and new specs on these new Komatsu haulers, at our website.

Takeuchi Fleet Management Service Now Available on Takeuchi Machines

defaultAtlanta, GA: Takeuchi-US, a global innovation leader in compact equipment, has launched a new telematics system, Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM). This is Takeuchi’s first step in a multifaceted initiative to know their customers better. Now available at all local dealers, TFM hardware is standard equipment on select excavators and track loaders in the Takeuchi lineup.

With the launch of TFM, Takeuchi along with their dealers and customers will have visibility into their equipment like never before. The new monitoring system checks the health of Takeuchi equipment and minimizes costly repair calls with real-time machine information.

Features include remote diagnostics that reduces service trips by capturing run hours and equipment data. Utilization tracking allows the operator to make decisions based on actual equipment use, while also scheduling maintenance based on run hours. This saves time, parts and money by avoiding unnecessary maintenance. In addition, TFM minimizes cost with the precision to identify the problem as soon as it starts. This allows the service person to bring the correct tools and parts the first time, limiting any downtime.

“We are very excited about the new TFM feature and we believe it will provide operators with increased value, a greater capacity to maximize profitability, reduce downtime, and improve efficiency,” said Jonathan Martinez, project manager at Takeuchi-US. “There are so many benefits to the TFM system, including eliminating any guessing game to make TFM users aware of any issues in real-time. This is a great new addition to our lineup.”

Machines equipped with TFM hardware as standard equipment will also include the service through the standard warranty period. To learn more, visit our Takeuchi Excavators Showroom,  Takeuchi Loaders Showroom, Takeuchi Skid Steer Showroom. Visit our website at www.powerequipco.com for quotes and more information on Takeuchi equipment.