Why Your Hoist Needs an Annual Check-Up

Jeff Messer

Read this post before you operate your dump bed!

We know you’re already raring to put that hoist to work again. But before you do (or even if you already have), it’s a really good idea to give your hoist this 4-point safety and reliability check up.

Our service technicians see the downside of not maintaining hoists all the time — hydraulics that need to be overhauled, welds that are giving out, units that haven’t been greased (often for a really long time) and more. This is a shame, because most of it it avoidable.

For the health and safety of your crew (and your cash flow), our service crew recommends giving your rig the following check-up.
 

1. Check electrical connections

Disconnect your battery and clean around the terminals with a stiff wire brush, then spray a battery connection protectant on and around the terminals to keep moisture out. Also check your ground strap to ensure your system is effectively grounded and there are no loose connections.

 

2. Lubrication

Make sure your bearings, gears and hinges are properly lubricated to prevent overheating and premature wear. You should lubricate your hoist at least once a week and fill grease fittings after every 40 hours of service (and the hydraulic cylinder grease fitting once per week).

 

3. Hydraulic system

Keep a constant eye on your hydraulic system for leaks or loose fittings. If your fluid ever smells or takes on a milky, brown or black color, change the fluid. (Whenever you change the hydraulic fluid, you should also inspect and clean the suction strainer as well.)

 

4. Overall inspection

Regularly inspect your equipment, paying close attention to the condition of structural and weld integrity, to ensure that nuts and bolts are properly tightened and that all facets of your rig are in safe and proper working condition.    

 

Keeping your equipment and your crew running safely is our top priority.

We are providing the above guidelines to help you know what to look for and some of the preventative steps you can take to keep your hoist running properly and as intended. If you’d like a second opinion, please schedule an appointment to have our technicians perform an additional assessment.