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Some of you may be apprehensive about buying construction equipment during COVID-19 — and that's understandable. The desire to avoid face-to-face contact, plus varying state travel restrictions, can make it tricky. It's one reason why online purchases, which have been on the rise for years, have boomed in 2020. Pair that with contractors increasingly looking for more affordable options, like you can see the opportunity that's there for online used equipment purchases.

The automobile industry is already seeing an uptick. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, "used [car] sales actually exceed pre-pandemic levels by approximately 20%" — used machine sales are likely to rise as well.

Volvo Certified Used Equipment
Used Equipment listed on VolvoUsedEC.com.

Even before the current pandemic took hold, more and more contractors were buying used equipment online — and in our fast-paced world, I believe online equipment transactions will increasingly become the norm, with customer preference given to those who provide the most convenient and streamlined process.

In fact, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has completely changed how we interact with customers. While they used to travel to inspect machines, travel restrictions and health concerns now make this less common. Companies can take advantage of this shift by adapting how they offer their products. At Volvo, we do this with our Certified Used and Inspected Used machines. Both are advertised online with a guaranteed inspection report, eliminating the need for customers to travel onsite to inspect machines.

TIPS TO BUY USED CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ONLINE

To help you feel more confident with inspecting and purchasing used construction equipment online, I've provided some tips to help you properly evaluate used construction equipment when you can't evaluate machines in person — these tips apply no matter where you intend to buy.

  • Always know your construction equipment seller. Large dealers and OEMs usually have inventory in different states, so the right machine may not always be close by. When evaluating machines that aren't nearby, know the seller and do business with companies that can knowledgably speak about the machine and its condition, plus provide you any other requested information in a timely manner. My advice is you should restrict your online purchases to sellers that can be verified and who have a solid reputation.
  • Start with an inspection report. You should always understand the quality of the machine within your budget. While there are nice, clean, high-hour machines, lower budgets require older machines with more hours, and the likelihood of major component failure and other issues naturally increases. Inspection reports can give you real insight, and whether there are several items on the report or just one, find out why they weren't repaired.
  • Ask for a repair quote. There are two reasons a seller hasn't repaired something: 1) either the cost was too expensive or 2) the seller didn't want to invest more into the machine than they had to. Both are understandable, but you have to make sure the price of the machine is consistent with its present condition.
  • Request all service records and oil samples. If service records can't be provided by the seller, give the serial number to an OEM dealer and request they give you the records. I've found most OEM dealer service departments are more than willing to assist. Oil samples are critical because they give you the internal vitals of the powertrain.
  • Excavator Wear ComponentAssess the wear components on the machine. Anything that moves has the potential to fail. Major components cost the most to replace or rebuild, but there are times when the smaller repairs can eat up the budget faster. For example, having to replace a seat belt, wiring harness, a set of steps or fenders usually isn't a big issue. However, if all four need to be replaced, you can easily spend close to $10,000.
  • Look at the sheet metal, the paint and the undercarriage — and request a video of the machine operating. Look at the age and hours of the machine. Machines that are hammered usually give themselves away through the cosmetics (dents, scrapes, etc.). Pay close attention to the paint as well. It isn't uncommon to see used machines repainted. You just need to know the difference between painting to clean up and painting to hide. There are certain signs of the paint job that can give you clues. If you can't tell the condition of the paint job with the online photos and video, ask the seller to send you close-ups of areas you think look questionable.
    • Quality paint jobs meant to clean up a machine give an honest presentation that shows someone took pride in their machine or that they simply wanted to further represent that the machine is in good shape for its age/hours.
    • Example of a poor paint job.
      Example of a poor paint job.

      Paint jobs with runs, flakes, the wrong color or incorrectly painted items indicate a rush job, the desire to hide something or simply that the owner didn't know what he was doing. Either way, if a bad paint job is detected, proceed with extreme caution.

  • Get a guaranteed condition report. If a company doesn't offer a guaranteed condition report, I still recommend traveling onsite and inspecting the machines when possible.

VIRTUAL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT WALKAROUNDS

Virtual walkarounds are becoming more popular — and if done right, can actually provide the visual information you need to make a well-informed decision about a piece of used equipment.

Most virtual machine walkarounds I've seen use recorded video. Many dealers offer this service to customers. The process starts with a specific visual request by the customer. Some use video calling or prerecorded video and physically walk around the machine and address each specific item. For me personally, I use software that allows me to connect a potential buyer with one of our Volvo Certified Used facility techs to conduct the workaround. This process involves me sending a connection link via text to both parties and then I can physically record the walkaround (if requested) while they watch via their cell phones. The software we use is robust, providing several advanced features like two-way screen annotation for real-time collaboration, remote access and control for simpler troubleshooting, and content/media sharing to provide specific information in the form of video, documents, and photos.

HOW ONLINE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS WORK

Most online auction companies have a searchable catalog of present and future machines to be auctioned. In most instances, you're allowed to go to the sale to inspect the machine, but all bidding is 100% online.

There are two formats: timed and live. Here's how they work:

  • Equipment listed for auction on IronPlanet.comTimed auction formats usually start between a few days up to a month before a preset closing time. The bidding increments are usually between $100 and $1,000 per bid, and incrementally increase as bids are placed. Bids are accepted until the preset closing time has lapsed. Timed formats are notorious for weak activity until the last few minutes.
  • Live online auctions aren't timed. Lots are sold individually and bidding ends when the auctioneer perceives no more buying activity.

The most common item to be aware of for both timed and live online auctions is the terms. Almost every auction's terms and conditions include the statement "buyer beware" or "sold as is, whereas" with no reserve price. Always understand you're responsible for verifying all information, terms and conditions. Also, pay close attention to buyer fees and transportation costs.

For dealer purchases, virtual walkarounds work well — but before participating in an online auction, I recommend you go and inspect the machine onsite. Every item at an auction is there for a reason — you need to determine why. Some companies offer inspection services, but if you read their terms and conditions, they indemnify themselves from a majority of the responsibility. That's why when it comes to auctions, I say to always go inspect.

If you're a winning bidder, you'll receive an invoice that usually requires payment between 24 and 48 hours after confirmation.

THE FUTURE OF ONLINE EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

Purchasing Construction Equipment OnlineCurrently, I use software to assist in diagnosing and reviewing machine conditions using my computer and a technician's cell phone — it's all done remotely. I can guide the person as they conduct a walkaround. I can also upload information, or take pictures and video as we do inspections. This same technology can be used with retail customers to virtually conduct a walkaround with any of our Volvo Certified used machines at one of our four centers.

Down the road, I believe technology will change how we interact and represent equipment to customers. The current pandemic has created an opportunity for us to further build on and create trust in used equipment, even with travel restriction barriers. For Volvo, we had already implemented the Certified Used and Inspected program, which guarantees the condition report and eliminates the need for onsite inspections.

This program has been in full operation for the last two and a half years. We add value for customers because we fully assess the condition of the machine and remove the risk of the unknown. Our process takes place at the dealer level, but is backed by the manufacturer. Under the program, we provide the information, guarantee the accuracy, and then the machine can be transferred to the customer with the assurance of our guarantee. Now more than ever, you have to be adaptive and offer products with easily assessable information. Customers have to be able to trust the process and the product. That's what we do here at Volvo.

BUY USED CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ONLINE

With our program, inspection reports are guaranteed, so we eliminate 100% of the need for you to travel to look at our machines. You can browse our full inventory of Volvo Certified and Volvo Inspected used equipment online, then feel free to request a virtual walkaround to see even more of the machine. You can contact us or send us a message using the Contact Seller information in the right-hand column of each individual product page.

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Rabu, 12 Agustus 2020
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Some of you may be apprehensive about buying construction equipment during COVID-19 — and that's understandable. The desire to avoid face-to-face contact, plus varying state travel restrictions, can make it tricky. It's one reason why online purchases, which have been on the rise for years, have boomed in 2020. Pair that with contractors increasingly looking for more affordable options, like you can see the opportunity that's there for online used equipment purchases.

The automobile industry is already seeing an uptick. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, "used [car] sales actually exceed pre-pandemic levels by approximately 20%" — used machine sales are likely to rise as well.

Volvo Certified Used Equipment
Used Equipment listed on VolvoUsedEC.com.

Even before the current pandemic took hold, more and more contractors were buying used equipment online — and in our fast-paced world, I believe online equipment transactions will increasingly become the norm, with customer preference given to those who provide the most convenient and streamlined process.

In fact, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has completely changed how we interact with customers. While they used to travel to inspect machines, travel restrictions and health concerns now make this less common. Companies can take advantage of this shift by adapting how they offer their products. At Volvo, we do this with our Certified Used and Inspected Used machines. Both are advertised online with a guaranteed inspection report, eliminating the need for customers to travel onsite to inspect machines.

TIPS TO BUY USED CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ONLINE

To help you feel more confident with inspecting and purchasing used construction equipment online, I've provided some tips to help you properly evaluate used construction equipment when you can't evaluate machines in person — these tips apply no matter where you intend to buy.

  • Always know your construction equipment seller. Large dealers and OEMs usually have inventory in different states, so the right machine may not always be close by. When evaluating machines that aren't nearby, know the seller and do business with companies that can knowledgably speak about the machine and its condition, plus provide you any other requested information in a timely manner. My advice is you should restrict your online purchases to sellers that can be verified and who have a solid reputation.
  • Start with an inspection report. You should always understand the quality of the machine within your budget. While there are nice, clean, high-hour machines, lower budgets require older machines with more hours, and the likelihood of major component failure and other issues naturally increases. Inspection reports can give you real insight, and whether there are several items on the report or just one, find out why they weren't repaired.
  • Ask for a repair quote. There are two reasons a seller hasn't repaired something: 1) either the cost was too expensive or 2) the seller didn't want to invest more into the machine than they had to. Both are understandable, but you have to make sure the price of the machine is consistent with its present condition.
  • Request all service records and oil samples. If service records can't be provided by the seller, give the serial number to an OEM dealer and request they give you the records. I've found most OEM dealer service departments are more than willing to assist. Oil samples are critical because they give you the internal vitals of the powertrain.
  • Excavator Wear ComponentAssess the wear components on the machine. Anything that moves has the potential to fail. Major components cost the most to replace or rebuild, but there are times when the smaller repairs can eat up the budget faster. For example, having to replace a seat belt, wiring harness, a set of steps or fenders usually isn't a big issue. However, if all four need to be replaced, you can easily spend close to $10,000.
  • Look at the sheet metal, the paint and the undercarriage — and request a video of the machine operating. Look at the age and hours of the machine. Machines that are hammered usually give themselves away through the cosmetics (dents, scrapes, etc.). Pay close attention to the paint as well. It isn't uncommon to see used machines repainted. You just need to know the difference between painting to clean up and painting to hide. There are certain signs of the paint job that can give you clues. If you can't tell the condition of the paint job with the online photos and video, ask the seller to send you close-ups of areas you think look questionable.
    • Quality paint jobs meant to clean up a machine give an honest presentation that shows someone took pride in their machine or that they simply wanted to further represent that the machine is in good shape for its age/hours.
    • Example of a poor paint job.
      Example of a poor paint job.

      Paint jobs with runs, flakes, the wrong color or incorrectly painted items indicate a rush job, the desire to hide something or simply that the owner didn't know what he was doing. Either way, if a bad paint job is detected, proceed with extreme caution.

  • Get a guaranteed condition report. If a company doesn't offer a guaranteed condition report, I still recommend traveling onsite and inspecting the machines when possible.

VIRTUAL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT WALKAROUNDS

Virtual walkarounds are becoming more popular — and if done right, can actually provide the visual information you need to make a well-informed decision about a piece of used equipment.

Most virtual machine walkarounds I've seen use recorded video. Many dealers offer this service to customers. The process starts with a specific visual request by the customer. Some use video calling or prerecorded video and physically walk around the machine and address each specific item. For me personally, I use software that allows me to connect a potential buyer with one of our Volvo Certified Used facility techs to conduct the workaround. This process involves me sending a connection link via text to both parties and then I can physically record the walkaround (if requested) while they watch via their cell phones. The software we use is robust, providing several advanced features like two-way screen annotation for real-time collaboration, remote access and control for simpler troubleshooting, and content/media sharing to provide specific information in the form of video, documents, and photos.

HOW ONLINE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTIONS WORK

Most online auction companies have a searchable catalog of present and future machines to be auctioned. In most instances, you're allowed to go to the sale to inspect the machine, but all bidding is 100% online.

There are two formats: timed and live. Here's how they work:

  • Equipment listed for auction on IronPlanet.comTimed auction formats usually start between a few days up to a month before a preset closing time. The bidding increments are usually between $100 and $1,000 per bid, and incrementally increase as bids are placed. Bids are accepted until the preset closing time has lapsed. Timed formats are notorious for weak activity until the last few minutes.
  • Live online auctions aren't timed. Lots are sold individually and bidding ends when the auctioneer perceives no more buying activity.

The most common item to be aware of for both timed and live online auctions is the terms. Almost every auction's terms and conditions include the statement "buyer beware" or "sold as is, whereas" with no reserve price. Always understand you're responsible for verifying all information, terms and conditions. Also, pay close attention to buyer fees and transportation costs.

For dealer purchases, virtual walkarounds work well — but before participating in an online auction, I recommend you go and inspect the machine onsite. Every item at an auction is there for a reason — you need to determine why. Some companies offer inspection services, but if you read their terms and conditions, they indemnify themselves from a majority of the responsibility. That's why when it comes to auctions, I say to always go inspect.

If you're a winning bidder, you'll receive an invoice that usually requires payment between 24 and 48 hours after confirmation.

THE FUTURE OF ONLINE EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

Purchasing Construction Equipment OnlineCurrently, I use software to assist in diagnosing and reviewing machine conditions using my computer and a technician's cell phone — it's all done remotely. I can guide the person as they conduct a walkaround. I can also upload information, or take pictures and video as we do inspections. This same technology can be used with retail customers to virtually conduct a walkaround with any of our Volvo Certified used machines at one of our four centers.

Down the road, I believe technology will change how we interact and represent equipment to customers. The current pandemic has created an opportunity for us to further build on and create trust in used equipment, even with travel restriction barriers. For Volvo, we had already implemented the Certified Used and Inspected program, which guarantees the condition report and eliminates the need for onsite inspections.

This program has been in full operation for the last two and a half years. We add value for customers because we fully assess the condition of the machine and remove the risk of the unknown. Our process takes place at the dealer level, but is backed by the manufacturer. Under the program, we provide the information, guarantee the accuracy, and then the machine can be transferred to the customer with the assurance of our guarantee. Now more than ever, you have to be adaptive and offer products with easily assessable information. Customers have to be able to trust the process and the product. That's what we do here at Volvo.

BUY USED CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT ONLINE

With our program, inspection reports are guaranteed, so we eliminate 100% of the need for you to travel to look at our machines. You can browse our full inventory of Volvo Certified and Volvo Inspected used equipment online, then feel free to request a virtual walkaround to see even more of the machine. You can contact us or send us a message using the Contact Seller information in the right-hand column of each individual product page.

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Kamis, 06 Agustus 2020
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If you’re an operator, you may think your day-to-day performance is what really matters when it comes to your job â€" how many yards of dirt you moved or how many loads you carried. But most owners and fleet managers love to see an operator who’s not only productive, but also works hard to be efficient and takes good care of the machines.

When you work efficiently and reduce wear and tear, it lowers your company’s operating costs. Operating costs include things like fuel consumption, wear parts, preventive maintenance and repairs. Think about the money your company spends on fuel, replacing worn tires, repairing undercarriages and so on. Month after month, these costs add up and cut out of your company’s profitability.

But there are things you can do as an operator to cut down on these types of expenses. In this post, I’ve provided some tips on lowering operating costs, plus I’ve laid out a few reasons why this should be a primary focus in your daily work. If you’re reading this and you’re not an operator, sharing these tips with your crew could be a way to get them thinking about your company’s bottom line.

Learn how to increase your productivity today with our uptime efficiency services and productivity services.

Tips For Construction Operator Efficiency

Let’s start with four quick ways you can help lower your company’s operating costs to improve profits:

  • Keep up with basic maintenance of your machine. For example, a low-cost gasket could be a quick fix to repair an engine oil leak. But if you don’t make it a priority, it could cost your company thousands of dollars for a new engine, which will depend on the machine and model. If you notice a leak, you should always say something to have it fixed before it becomes a bigger issue. Seasonal maintenance is also critical â€" read our blog about summer maintenance checks to learn more.
  • Excavator Undercarriage Inspection ProgramPerform prestart checks every morning. Catching issues when they’re small saves your company lot of money in the long run by preventing unnecessary breakdowns. Greasing machines daily or at the appropriate intervals laid out in the operator’s manual go a long way. A $2 tube of grease can save thousands of dollars in pin and bushing repairs alone. We’ve provided an articulated hauler prestart checklist and excavator prestart checklist if you want some tips on what to look for.
  • If you’re a road builder, keep your pavers clean. If asphalt is still stuck to the extensions, hopper, end gates and augers at the end of the day, you run the risk of that material hardening and causing component failure â€" it’ll also affect mat quality. Fifteen minutes spent scraping off the asphalt and applying a release agent at the end of each day can save thousands in unnecessary down time.
  • Limit idle time. If you won’t be operating your machine for a while, don’t let it sit there and idle â€" shut it down. This can save your company a lot of money in fuel costs over time. We’ve seen scenarios where even a 10% reduction in idle time over 12 months equates to over $8,000 in diesel savings and over $6,000 saved in preventive maintenance. Up this scenario it to a 25% reduction in idle time, and the numbers are over $43,000 and $32,000, respectively. That’s roughly $75,000 you could save each year simply by reducing idle times by a quarter.

Optional Cab Heat TimerHere’s a quick tip to help you limit idle time: Check to see if your machine is equipped with an optional cab heat timer. At Volvo, this feature is optional for wheel loaders and haulers. It recirculates the coolant to keep the cab warm in the winter. You can also keep the cab cooler in the summertime by turning on the automatic fan on the A/C unit in the back of the cab (it blows cool air over the top of the condenser). In any event, idling isn’t good for your diesel engine. What’s more, you’re not only burning fuel, but the service intervals, the warranty on the machine, etc. The bottom line is excessive idling has a negative impact on your company’s profitability.

If you have them available, you can always turn to in-cab assist programs designed to help you become a better operator while you’re working. Our Volvo Load Assist program, for example, features an app called Operator Coaching that helps you understand when and how to use the different smart functions of your wheel loader to achieve optimal results onsite. You can also set targets and objectives to continually develop and improve your operating practices to get the most out of yourself and your machine. Programs like these improve your accuracy â€" and the goal is to turn that accuracy into higher profits.

Benefits Of Productivity Improvements

You should know that higher profits don’t just benefit the owners â€" you benefit, too. Here are a few reasons why you should make lowering the operating costs of your company a big priority:

  • I’ve heard of several companies that have operator competitions to see who can work the most efficiently with their machine, while also being the most productive. The objective here is to keep their operating costs as low as possible. The operator who wins each week receives a bonus or award of some sort. Some companies are willing to pay you back if you can help grow the bottom line. Talk to your owner of fleet manager and see if an efficiency/productivity challenge is right for your operation.
  • Show pride in the equipment you run. A lot of companies reward their operators when they take care of their machine. If you make a machine last, you’re more likely to be first on the list to get a new one when machine replacements come up. An owner or fleet manager isn’t likely to give a newer machine to an operator who’s been abusing their machine (even inadvertently). If you think you could benefit from training, always ask.
  • If you help keep your company’s profitability up and improve cash flow, your company will have more opportunity to bid jobs faster and move on to bigger jobs. Staying productive and efficient keeps work coming in without excessive lag times. Getting jobs done efficiently also helps your company build a more solid reputation in your area.
  • Be a dependable employee. Any year can bring uncertainty (as we’ve all learned in 2020). If there is an unexpected slow down, you want to be known as the operator who maintains his machine. Showing pride in your equipment shows you care about your company â€" and employees who care are more valuable.
  • Attitude is everything. I know some really good operators, but with poor attitudes â€" and a poor attitude usually equates to an operator who doesn’t take good care of his machine. He can operate it, but he doesn’t take extra steps to care for his machine as well as other operators. While they may not be as proficient or productive, a positive attitude shows that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to become a better operator. Operators with positive, go-get-it attitudes tend to drive profitability much more.

Operator Training Services - EcoOperatorAt Volvo, we’re big believers in ongoing operator training, even if you’re a seasoned operator. You can save your company money by becoming more familiar with your machine and all the emerging technologies. Imagine how much easier and more efficient your daily job could be if you dig down and really understand what every switch and button does in the cab. And more importantly, better training helps prevent injuries and accidents, which not only costs your employer, but you as well.

Learn How To Improve Operator Efficiency From Volvo

To help, we offer a few training options from Operator Familiarization training for general earthmoving and construction equipment to our renowned Road Institute for road machinery. If you’re looking for more specific operating tips to consider, check out the posts in the Operator Tips & Training section of our blog.

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Selasa, 28 Juli 2020
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Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Construction Equipment Cabs oleh - wheelloaderhitachi.xyz

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Enclosed spaces like cabs can harbor germs and viruses like the coronavirus â€" during times like this, cleanliness is incredibly important. Keeping surfaces disinfected is a responsibility for everyone to help keep each other protected.

At Volvo we are doing our part to help keep customers safe, and that now includes contactless sanitizing of cabs and touchpoints on all Volvo Certified Used and Volvo Inspected machines. It’s another level of assurance you receive when buying Volvo used equipment.

Below, I’ve explained the steps we take to sanitize every Volvo Certified Used or Volvo Inspected machine. These tips may be useful for your machines well â€" not just now, but any time.

  1. We use an EPA-approved disinfectant which is effective at deactivating the novel coronavirus and is safe for interiors. It won’t damage components in the interior of the cab like touch screens, switches and upholstery. Our VCU sanitizer is contactless, so no need to wipe after applying. There are many different types of products that can be used for your own equipment. Refer to the links below for a list of EPA-approved sanitizers.
  2. Sanitizing Construction Equipment
    Disinfecting an equipment cab.

    When cleaning, be sure to use latex or synthetic rubber gloves and a mask or face covering. Typically, this step might get overlooked, but with a virus that can spread asymptomatically, this is the best way to ensure you’re not inadvertently re-infecting the surfaces while you’re cleaning them.

  3. Spray all exterior and interior handles and compartments. This includes floor mats, windows and hard surfaces as well as joysticks, steering wheel, knobs and any other touchpoints inside of the cab. Clean with detergent or soap and water if the surfaces are visibly dirty prior to disinfectant application.
  4. Cleaning the joystick inside of the cab
    Cleaning the joystick inside of the cab.

    Be mindful when cleaning electronic consoles and display interfaces. An EPA-approved, contactless product may leave a film when it dries, but it’s not necessary to wipe it off once you achieve full coverage. You can also spray disinfectant on a microfiber cloth and wipe the displays and keypads.

  5. When addressing the upholstery, avoid using any products that contain bleach to prevent damage, and remember to wipe down the seat belts including the buckles.
  6. Spray all machine touchpoints including the dipstick, gas cap, engine access points, handles, latches, etc.
  7. Cleaning floorboards inside the cab
    Cleaning floorboards inside the cab.

    If accessing the machine from the ground, be sure to spray all door handles and grab bars at the end of your cleaning.

The CDC has provided additional information on cleaning and disinfecting non-emergency transport vehicles that you may find beneficial as well. According to the CDC, for disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces, appropriate disinfectants include:

    • EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for concentration, application method and contact time for all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • Diluted household bleach solutions prepared according to the manufacturer’s label for disinfection, if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Construction Equipment Cabs
Download Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Construction Equipment Cabs

Finally, we’re sending out a spray bottle of EPA-approved disinfectant with our Volvo Certified and Volvo Inspected used machines for use upon delivery. We take doing our part to help keep everyone healthy very seriously â€" and we hope you will, too. And remember, although we’ve taken these precautions to protect you against COVID-19, reinfection could take place at any time. Please take appropriate precautions every time you contact any surfaces or environment, and consult your operator’s manual for full details on general cab cleaning procedures and maintenance.

At Volvo we are doing our part to help keep customers safe, and that now includes contactless sanitizing of cabs and touchpoints on all Volvo Certified Used and Volvo Inspected machines. It’s another level of assurance you receive when buying Volvo used equipment.

Below, I’ve explained the steps we take to sanitize every Volvo Certified Used and Volvo Inspected machine. These tips may be useful for your machines as well â€" not just now, but any time.

Cab Sanitizing for Volvo Certified Used and Inspected Equipment

7 Steps to Sanitize Your Equipment Cab

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Senin, 27 Juli 2020
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I’ve talked to a lot of contractors who had machines approaching the end of their first life and discussed with them their possible next steps. Several struggled with the idea of replacing their older machine with a new one â€" whether they didn’t have adequate capital at the time, weren’t comfortable upgrading to new technology, or simply didn’t want to replace the machine the operators loved to run.

While buying new construction equipment certainly has its advantages, there are alternatives if it’s not right for you when the time comes: leasing, renting and buying used equipment are excellent alternatives â€" and rebuilds are as well.

If you have a machine you’re thinking about rebuilding, you likely have questions about the process. What does it cost? How long does it take? What type of machine will I have on the other side? While there’s no black and white answers, below I’ve answered some of the most common questions I get regarding machine rebuilds.

When is the best time for a machine rebuild?

You first need to ask yourself what the expectation of the asset is. Do you want to do an earlier hour rebuild to maximize its life expectancy, or would you rather wait until the repair costs begin to inflate and then compare replacement value to rebuild value and the life expectancy? Most machines we rebuild are in the 12,000- to 15,000-hour range, but it can vary. Operating conditions, application and maintenance practices are additional factors in determining the best time for refurbishment. For example, the front end and drivetrain take on more stress for a wheel loader in an extraction or load and carry application, meaning it likely needs to be rebuilt sooner, than a wheel loader used in a waste transfer station application.

Component failure would depend on the hours on the machine and condition of other major components.  If you own a Volvo, you can always look at your fuel consumption, oil sample and MATRIS readings to gain some insights.

Some owners would choose to rebuild an engine, for example, if they want to see another season or two out of the machine or if it’s a utility machine. Some of our larger accounts will assess their budgets at year end, and if there’s cash available, they’ll put it toward a machine rebuild with the goal of maximizing their asset’s total life expectancy.

Is there a sweet spot to know when a machine is ready for a rebuild?

It depends on a lot of factors like how well you maintained your machine. Did you service it at the proper intervals? You for sure want to get it going before your parts consumption starts going way up, which can vary depending on your specific maintenance practices. If you own a Volvo, your dealer Customer Support Rep is a great resource to help you make this determination.

How do I know if a rebuild is right for a specific machine I own?

You need to weigh all your options. For example:

  • What is your expectation after the rebuild? Will your asset return to a full-time production machine, or will it take a backup role and be a utility machine? The role your machine is expected to play in your fleet could determine how much you’re willing to invest as an owner into rebuilding that machine.
  • Are you satisfied with the way your machine is currently dressed? You should take into consideration whether or not it’s still relevant for the job and task it’s performing. Is it too big? Is it too small? Would a new machine allow you to take on new jobs? If so, a rebuild likely won’t open up those types of opportunities.
  • Your operator likes the machine, but is he productive in it? If so, and you’d like to keep that productivity going, a rebuild is a good way to get reliable added life out of your current machine.
  • Are you willing to switch to new technologies and emissions systems? If you’re hesitant, a rebuild can buy you some time before you make the switch.
  • How long do you want to keep the asset before replacement? In most scenarios, higher replacement value assets are more economically viable for rebuild than lower replacement value assets. Larger machines are typically more economically viable because of the price for the parts versus the price of a new machine. The margin between the price of a new machine versus the price for the parts to rebuild gets closer in a smaller machine. So, where you might see a rebuilt L220 wheel loader cost 50â€"60% of new, you may be looking at 70â€"80% of new for a smaller machine. At that point, it just makes more sense to buy a new machine in most cases.
  • Is your business prepared for machine downtime during the rebuild? You’ll need to compare the amount of time needed for a rebuild (in our Certified Rebuild program, we shoot for a maximum 8-week turnaround, but it can vary) versus the time it would take to get a replacement. If you’ve effectively planned for it and are okay with the machine being out of your fleet for a period of time, a rebuild is still a viable option.

Will a machine rebuild be worth it?

To answer that, you should take into consideration all of the unique circumstances for the rebuild and decide whether or not it’s the best option for your business. If the expectation is to put the asset back in the same job after a rebuild, then a decision needs to be made on the practicality of the second life before costs start to increase.

Example: A large production wheel loader is rebuilt at 16,000 hours and the owner can invest 50% of the replacement value to get another 10,000 hours before another component rebuild. Did he maximize the life expectancy of the asset, knowing the replacement machine won’t get to 26,000 hours before major repairs need to be made?

What does a Volvo Certified New Life rebuild entail?

Volvo Certified Rebuild Program plate

Currently, our certified dealers perform refurbishments on wheel loaders and haulers â€" there’s no formal program for excavators (to date). At the basic level, the powertrain gets rebuilt â€" but they’re customized with add-ons on a case-by-case basis. So, for example, a second level might include the powertrain, plus replacement of some hoses and hydraulics. At the next level, you might be looking at all these, plus a full cab refurbishment, and so on.

The rebuild checklists for Volvo wheel loaders and haulers is quite extensive. We use remanufactured components when available, and we have a methodology of repair versus replace when it makes sense. Based on an inspection of the machine, your dealer may find additional things that need to be replaced â€" and even upon machine tear down, you’re still in the quoting process because additional issues may be found that need to be addressed. In any event, our rebuilds come with a 3-year / 5,000-hour warranty on major remanufactured components, which is applied to rebuilt axles as well.

See a time-lapse video of the Volvo Certified New Life process.

What types of benefits can I expect as a result of a Certified New Life rebuild?

If you have defective or underperforming components on your machine, we’ll replace them to restore the machine’s performance to like-new conditions. So as an example, one added benefit of replacing your engine or tires is likely better fuel efficiency.

Can I get a machine rebuilt anywhere in the country, or do I need to be near a Volvo certified dealer to do it?

We have certified dealers located throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most Volvo dealers have at least one certified branch, but for those that don’t, a certified location most likely isn’t too far away.

Have any current Volvo customers seen any operating efficiency improvements as a result of a rebuild?

American Rock Salt's Volvo L350F at work.
American Rock Salt’s Volvo L350F at work.

American Rock Salt out of Mount Morris, New York, is a great example. They own a Volvo L350F, and its main duty is to transfer material for the fresh on-ground salt piles to a hopper that sends the salt via conveyor up to the truck-loading hoppers. While the loader was at the 17,000-hour mark, the Volvo engine was still going strong and the company had little, if any, mechanical issues. The operators like the way it handles, plus its ease of operation, so after talking with them and their dealer, Vantage Equipment, about the program, they decided to refurbish the machine instead of replace it.

It cost American Rock Salt roughly half the price of a new loader. In this type of application, the radiator and electrical components are consumed twice as fast as other applications, and they expect to double their hours on this Certified New Life machine to get another lifecycle out of it.

If you think a rebuild like this may be a viable option for an aging machine, talk to your local certified Volvo dealer about the Certified New Life Program. You can control your downtime to get back on track efficiently in a newly rebuilt machine.


Hilton Wood

Product Manager, Repair Solutions

Hilton began his career with Volvo CE in 2008 as an intern, and in 2012 became a full-time employee as a senior telematics specialist working on programs like CareTrack® and ActiveCare® Direct. In 2016, he assumed his current role of Product Manager â€" Repair Solutions and covers sales and marketing for Volvo Certified New Life, Volvo Reman, Care Inspections and component rebuilds.

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Sabtu, 25 Juli 2020
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As an excavator owner and/or operator, you know it’s not wise to just hop in the cab in the morning and start working right away. While time is money on most of your jobs, not taking a few minutes to do an inspection can hurt your uptime, cause unnecessary damage and wear to your machine, and compromise safety.

I typically train operators to do the following when performing an excavator walkaround:

  1. Start in the same place every day. For me, I always start at the front of the cab. That way when I end my walkaround, I end at the cab as well.
  2. Make your inspection routine. Look in non-obvious but critical areas.
  3. Look up, down, left and right. Be as thorough as you can.
  4. Report your findings verbally to your supervisor, and provide a written version using a prestart checklist sheet.

For the actual inspection, here’s a basic checklist your crew can use each time before they fire up and operate their excavators:

  • Visually inspect all compartments to see if there’s any leakage or damage to components, then take the necessary action if anything is wrong. Proactive inspections typically result in increased uptime.
  • Walk around the machine and make a visual check. Take a close look at the boom and arm for cracks, especially if you’re working in extremely harsh conditions or in very cold climate zones. Areas to inspect that will ultimately save you both time and money in unnecessary repair costs include:
    • Boom and cylinder mounting (leaks and damages to the boom arm and bucket cylinder)
    • Arm and cylinder mounting
    • Bucket and cylinder mounting
    • Main pump compartment
    • Battery compartment
    • Swing drive and main control valve
    • Track drive
    • Track chain and shoes (inspect the track pads for damage and loose bolts, and check the track chain for any frozen links)
    • Lower frame damage
    • Superstructure damage
    • Side doors and cowl frames
  • The electrical box and the engine air filter are located behind the cab. If the system is indicating “full water separator,” drain it in a safe container.
  • The cab air filter is also located behind the cab. Make sure the filter is clean, especially if operating in a dusty environment.
  • Check the radiator and coolers for any damage. If you’re working in a confined environment, check that the coolers are not clogged â€" clogged coolers and radiators could result in poor performance or overheating. Be sure you’re following the maintenance intervals carefully.
  • Check the hydraulic lines for leaks â€" a damaged line can create heat in the system or severe oil leakage.
  • Check all hydraulic connections, pipes and hoses for any external damage.
  • Check items that keep you safe like mirrors, cameras, seatbelts and the safety lever, and get them fixed before operating.
  • When an excavator is new and the engine has run only a few hours, it’s a good idea to take a look at the engine oil level. This check can be easily carried out from the cab by looking at the display. If you prefer to do it the traditional way, open up the two latches and the engine hood, which has a self-locking upper position. Check the oil and always use a clean paper towel to avoid any contamination on the dipstick. The oil level should be between the min and max levels.
  • Remove dirt or small pieces of rock in the bucket linkage.
  • Finally, turn on the main battery switch before entering the cab â€" no power can be distributed until the main battery switch is on.

There are also a few things you should do at the end of a shift to ensure the next day’s work starts off right:

  • Be sure to fill up with fuel at the end of the day’s shift â€" this will reduce the risk of condensation developing in the tank overnight. While filling up the tank, fill up on AdBlue® as well.
  • Always disconnect the main battery switch.
  • Park the excavator with the digging equipment fully extended. In this position, the piston rods are protected.
  • Clean the undercarriage to reduce strain on the components, especially during wintertime. If you fail to do this, the mud in the chain can freeze to the undercarriage and you may be unable to move the machine the next day. Not cleaning out the undercarriage will greatly reduce its life and likely add unnecessary expenses.

You should always consult your operator’s manual for more information on this topic. Many excavator owners pair their machines with haul trucks, so don’t forget to follow the proper prestart checks for your haulers, too.

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Too often, machine owners focus on initial purchase price â€" “What am I paying to buy this machine?” That leaves out so much that can impact your bottom line while you’re running that machine. With the uncertainty in the economy right now, it’s especially important to think holistically about equipment costs. That’s why in this blog post, I want to home in on the importance of managing operating costs (which can actually cost more than the machine) and productivity, whether you’re an owner or a lessee.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is important for buyers because it helps them factor in costs over the entire time they’ll own the machine: costs like fuel, maintenance, repairs, downtime, insurance, etc. But if you’re a contractor who leases or rents machines, you likely aren’t considering TCO because at some point (maybe soon) you’ll be returning it. But lowering operating costs and/or increasing productivity is crucial to maximizing your profitability while you’re running the machine. And if you’re an owner, it’ll help you lower your TCO, too. These tips can help you get it done:

Get a preventive maintenance and repair agreement.

Owners: For owners, preventive maintenance and repair agreements can improve resale values dramatically by helping prevent unnecessary wear and tear and long-term machine damage â€" and that higher resale value equates to a lower TCO for your investment.

Lessees: These agreements have a similar impact for lessees too. While monthly rates are important, so is the amount it’s costing you to keep your machine up and running, not to mention how efficiently it operates. With these agreements, you can bundle different services and offerings to optimize your equipment and keep costs during the lease term as low as possible. These agreements, for example, help ensure you’re maximizing fuel efficiency and that you don’t have unscheduled repairs for components. They help keep the machine in good shape to reduce costs associated with damage or higher wear and tear before it’s time to turn it in.

Monitor fuel consumption to see if you can adjust your service intervals.

Volvo L180H Wheel Loader with Logging GrappleOwners: While a lot of customers set up maintenance calls solely based on machine hour intervals, some customers who own their equipment have us set up their preventive maintenance and repair agreement on how much fuel they’ve burned. At Volvo, we monitor their fuel consumption through our CareTrack or ActiveCare Direct telematics services (cross referencing with customer inputs like how much fuel is put into the machine) and then build out a tailored agreement. So, as an example, if a customer burns 500 gallons of fuel in a 1000-hour period, but the engine can burn 1500 gallons before there’s an issue with the oil, we can extend the drain out. We’ve also seen instances where 500 hours is too long (based on fuel burn) and we’ve had to move it back to 350 or 250. More and more customers are looking for tailored agreements like this, especially with more fuel-efficient machines that can potentially extend their service intervals to lower TCO. Plus, they can save on lubricant and filter costs and ensure they’re not over- or under-servicing the unit. Through additional monitoring, customers could even go through cycles and tailor the agreement by different jobs to find a median service interval. There are so many ways these agreements can be tailored.

Lessees: If you lease your equipment, this likely isn’t an option for you. Regardless of whether you own the asset or not, you want to lower your cost â€" but in most lease agreements, there are clauses about service intervals that must be met or the lessee will be penalized. Be sure to check your lease agreement and follow what’s been laid out with documented maintenance records to avoid unnecessary costs and potentially lower residual values.

Use oils specked for the machine.

Both Owners & Lessees: Oils these days are fantastic. I’ll use the ones I’m most familiar with, Volvo lubricants, as an example. They’re specked and formulated specifically for Volvo machines to improve efficiency and lower risk. We know the approved lubricant can handle extended lube drains, a lot of different duty cycles and things like that. With other oils, you may end up doing a lot more monitoring and data capture to understand the true life of the oil.

So, if you’re an owner looking at a preventive maintenance and repair agreement to extend your lube drains, make sure you’re using OEM filters and lubricants. These oils can handle a complete duty cycle â€" from light duty all the way up to heavy duty. Lower-priced lubricants may meet specifications, but not  have the same formulation, and in a really heavy-duty cycle, may break down before the machine gets to its recommended 500-hour lube drain. With other oils, you’re potentially risking early (oftentimes major) component failure which adds unnecessary repair costs and downtime.

Don’t underestimate the value of proper operator training.

Volvo EC950F Excavator loading a Volvo Articulated TruckBoth Owners & Lessees: When it comes to operator training, it’s probably one of the biggest detriments to TCO for owners â€" it can either enhance it or destroy it. Placing an operator in a new machine without any training or knowing exactly how it works can do a lot of damage. While you could use site simulation programs to ensure your fleet is properly matched to the job and machines are configured correctly, if your operators aren’t properly trained, that efficiency probably won’t be realized. Operator training can help you reduce component damage, idle times, fuel consumption and more â€" all of which factor into your TCO. In recent years, telematics data and in-cab technology packages have become more and more popular because they assist operators with their performance â€" and in the end, good operators will positively impact TCO the most.

Whether you own or lease, design changes with Volvo equipment also help reduce daily/weekly greasings, and features like grouped grease points, slide-out coolers for our wheel loaders, the placement of air cleaners and more make service fast and easy and help keep fluids protected from contamination. It’s all designed to extend machine life and lower your operating costs while you’re running the machine.

A final note on operator training: Be sure your operators know how to avoid unnecessary problems that can pop up with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) like contamination and improper storage. For some quick tips, check out this article.

Consider programs that provide active machine monitoring and reporting.

Both Owners & Lessees: If an operator doesn’t know there’s something happening to a machine, telematics programs like ActiveCare Direct will. The operator may not even realize an issue is occurring because it’s likely an error code that’s being sent out. With ActiveCare Direct, machines are monitored 24/7 every day, and you and your dealer are notified of any critical issues that can lead to unnecessary repairs or downtime. If your operator is losing oil pressure or overheating, for example, we help you address it before it takes your machine out for unscheduled downtime and added operating costs. Owners should also check out this article that shows you how telematics and technology can help you calculate a truer TCO.

If you’re a machine owner, be sure to ask your dealer about the service offerings and machine features that can help you manage operating costs and increase productivity to lower your TCO over time â€" and if you’re in a lease, ask about how they can improve your uptime, profitability and residual values. If you have some unique ways to lower operating costs or TCO and you’d like to share, feel free to leave a reply below.


Randy Bushelli â€" Director of Volvo services, sales and attachments, North America

Randy joined Volvo in 1987 as a regional customer support manager representing the Northeast region. He now serves as the Director of Volvo services, sales and attachments responsible for all North America customer solutions commercial sales to ensure customer satisfaction and successful dealer support. Prior to Volvo, he worked more than a decade for an equipment dealer as a field technician.

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