Okay, okay, we know you’ve heard it lots of times but it’s true… The majority of machine breakdowns happen because of a lack of maintenance. So it really does pay to do a quick check over your JCB every now and then. And when we say now and then, ‘monthly’ is ideal.
Check out our machine maintenance list below to help keep your JCB safe and road worthy. More importantly, it will reduce your repair costs and generally make work easier for you. Now, who says they don’t need an easier work life?!
1. Digging is thirsty work; keep your machine hydrated
- Hydraulic oil – the level on the sight gauge should be half way
- Engine oil – maximum on the dipstick
- Coolant – level should be between cold min and cold max
- Washer bottle – full
- Transmission oil – the engine needs to run for a few minutes before the level can be checked. Once the engine has warmed up and turned off, the level should be maximum on the dipstick
2. Check the filters
- Fuel filter – free from water and contamination
- Air filter – in good condition
- Radiator grill – free from debris and dirt to prevent overheating
3. Get intimate with your JCB; take a 360 degree visual walk-around
- Cab access – check the handrails on the door and cab plus steps up into the cab are secure
- Tyres – free from cracks and in good condition; also ensure all wheel nuts are securely fastened
- Hoses – free from cracks and no leaks
- Lights – test all lights (front, brake and beacons) are working, clean and free from cracks
- Horn – in working order
- Reversing aids – in good working order and sound when reversing
- Wipers – in good working order
- Mirrors – clean and free from cracks
4. Become a grease monkey
- Every pivot pin on your JCB has a greasing point; keep these lubricated using a greasing gun.
And that’s it! An easy life guaranteed!
Something as simple as a regular application of grease to your JCB will keep it working to the best of its ability for longer. It will also make full servicing faster and cheaper.
Download and print out our quick reference checklist to help you on site. Remember to also refer to your Operators’ Manual when carrying out machine checks.