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Investing in a garbage truck fleet is quite the undertaking, considering the fact that each truck can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to an audit by the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, the average age for their 52-truck fleet was 13 years. When the aging trucks eclipsed their normal useful life, annual repair costs skyrocketed from $600,000 annually to over 2 million dollars.
If your organization doesn’t have the luxury of renting trucks, you know how important maintenance can be to keeping them on the road. Since major repairs can really set you back, your daily inspection checklist is critical for identifying faults when they occur, and before they lead to more serious complications.
With this in mind, here are 7 inspection checks specific to most garbage truck types to help reduce preventable repairs.
Since hydraulics are capable of lifting enormous weight, it’s important to keep these in good working order. One hydraulic cylinder can cost well over $300 (not including installation) and failure can be detrimental to keeping trucks in service, so adding this inspection item to your checklist is important.
A typical hydraulic system inspection involves:
Even if everything seems perfect from the outlook, having your team inspect (and photograph) the packer blades to make sure they are free of debris is critically important to keeping them in good working order.
Here are a few aspects to look for in these blades:
A roll-off inspection entails going over several parts, including but not limited to: cable hoists, cable sheaves, container locks, mounting hardware, hoist up alarm, control handles, and hook lifts. Here are a few tips for assessing the rollers:
For roll-off cable hoist systems, checking these for signs of damage periodically is imperative, especially considering the amount of weight they support when lifting containers.
Loose cables and cable ends can cause real damage and accidents to bystanders, especially when the truck’s in operation. Therefore, it’s paramount to ensure that the cables are at the right spot before the truck begins moving. The cables inspection entails:
With side-loaders, lift arms are one of the main inspection points to include in your process. Here are a few things you’ll want to add to your pre-trip or post-trip inspection checklist:
Failing to check and change the hydraulic oil frequently can cause the pump to falter or become noisy. Here’s a basic checklist for oil levels and fluids:
Inspecting and maintaining battery cables is overly critical because everything in the truck runs on battery-generated electricity.
While conducting a full inspection, the battery cables need to be disconnected, cleaned, and subjected to load-testing to see whether a full charge gets through. If the wires transmit low voltage to the batteries, it could be exerting a lot of pressure on the starter and alternator, ultimately reducing their lifespan.
Conducting regular inspections on your fleet of garbage trucks needs to be taken seriously, considering the cost of purchase and ongoing maintenance. Before hitting the road, Whip Around customers use the Whip Around app to inspect and take pictures of the truck’s hydraulic system, blades, battery, lift arms, oil & fluid levels, rollers, and cables are in good working order.
Although inspections are a great start, verifying that inspections are being performed is what matters the most, which is why our platform is designed to be as easy as possible for drivers, and gives fleet managers instant information about the status of inspections.
Request a demo today, to see firsthand how you can ensure inspections are actually completed the way you need them to be, and your maintenance process streamlined if repairs are needed.