November 14, 2016

8 Easy Inspections to Ensure Uptime

Safety inspections should be an essential part of your machine upkeep routine. Not only are safety inspections necessary for the well-being of your crew, they're also an important step to keep your machines operating efficiently. Fortunately, these frequently overlooked practices are some of the easiest to perform.

The following tips will help ensure operator safety, prevent fires, and keep your equipment running smoothly. Many inspections can be conducted monthly, while a few may be needed more often depending on individual operating conditions. When in doubt, always check with your local John Deere dealer.

  • Check cab windows for effective protection and good visibility. Make sure all windows are in place and intact – not gouged, cracked, or seriously scratched. Gouges, cracks, and deep scratches can compromise a window's integrity and increase the likelihood of breaking or shattering.
  • Wash the windows with an approved cleaning solution. Not all windows are made with the same materials – even on similar models from the same manufacturer – so check each individual machine's manual to be sure you are using a solution that will not scratch or compromise the window's integrity.
  • On equipment where present, inspect screen guards over the windows and cab openings. Be sure they're secure and in good condition.
  • Check the handholds around the cab and service areas to make sure they're secure.
  • Check the steps on cabs and walkways – non-skid surfaces should be intact. If any non-skid material is worn or missing, have your local John Deere dealer repair or replace it.
  • Inspect operator seat belts and safety harnesses. Also, make sure your operators are using them properly.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers and water tanks to be sure they're operable and easily accessible. Check the water pressure of the tanks.
  • Clean the cab of any unnecessary materials. Make sure there are no loose spare parts or trash rolling around that could affect the operator's ability to control the machine. Keep cabs clear of excess clutter.