A properly functioning hoist and crane are crucial for safety and productivity in your work environment. As your crane starts to show signs of wear, you must be aware of what needs to be done to remedy the situation. At T&M Cranes, we’re experts in crane repair so we’ve put together a list of things that you need to watch out for with your hoist and crane in Indianapolis.
Payload capacity has been reduced
One of the first signs that your crane is wearing down is a reduced payload capacity. Every component of your crane plays an important role in its ability to lift heavy loads. As these start to wear down, they’re going to compromise the payload capacity and strength of your crane as a whole. If it seems like it takes more effort for your crane to lift heavier loads, it’s an early indicator that you’re going to need repairs soon if not immediately.
It has leaks
You know that cranes operate by using several hoses, pneumatic cylinders, and a motor that makes it all go. Between these components, there’s plenty of liquid to go around. Be it lubricants or water, they’re there to help your crane function at a high level. If you’re starting to notice fluids on the ground around your crane or even on some of the individual components, this is a sign of a leak. Keep in mind that this is more than a simple inconvenience that can be cleaned up with a rag. A leak can cause hydraulics to fail, hoses to pop off their seals, and even lead to the motor seizing up. Bring in an expert to have these components repaired right away.
Rust or corrosion
Corrosion and rust are going to happen to components slowly over many years. A rusted part of your crane will compromise the overall integrity of your entire crane. These parts can easily go overlooked or unnoticed so it’s important to regularly inspect your crane for rusted or corroded components that need to be replaced. If replacing these parts is put off for too long you could have a major disaster on your hands.
Everything has a functional shape. Saying that a hook is bent feels redundant, but a load that’s poorly distributed can bend or twist your hooks and make them dangerous to continue to use. Keep an eye on the state of your hooks so you’re always aware of their strength and integrity.
Many of us are familiar with the saying that chains are only as strong as their weakest link. Broken or weak links in a chain can be a tremendous safety hazard that can put everyone near your crane at risk of injury. Keep an eye on the chains used on your crane so you can address any damages immediately to avoid an accident.
Call today for repairs
A fully functioning hoist and crane in Indianapolis is key to maintaining a safe work environment. Don’t let your maintenance and repairs fall by the wayside, get in touch with our team at T&M Cranes today. We can provide you with a thorough inspection to identify problem areas that need to be repaired. Our experts also offer maintenance to ensure that you’re able to catch potential problems before they get worse. Give us a call at 1-800-552-6720 or send a message to reach out. We’re available 24/7 so contact us at any time.