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Caring for Your Aging Equipment

July 23, 2018 8:22 AM by Tennant Company



Maintenance Tips for Aging Equipment


Your cleaning equipment is durable. Your equipment is well-maintained.

But…your equipment is used every day. Aging equipment can be a drain on staff time or even a potential hazard if there’s a break-down during use. Maintaining aging equipment requires special attention to areas that are common sources of service issues:

Timing belts: If the belt has been in use for 200+ hours or is used in a harsh environment, check for wear & tear, cracks, shredding, or slack.

Fuel systems: Check the fuel hose and feed lines for signs of age or wear. Listen to the engine and note if it revs and then chokes off.

Brush housing/motors: Check for debris, cracks, or corrosion in the housing. Be aware of changes in spin rate, vibration, or noise during operation.

Squeegee linkage: Note water trails on the ground, and check to make sure the linkage system is parallel to the ground and centered on the machine. Watch for corrosion near water collection points.

Engine valves: During service, check for wear on older or heavily used equipment. Note if equipment is using fuel at an increasing rate.

Rusted parts: Watch for surface rust deepening or pitting metal components.


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