Maintenance tips and tricks

Manage your investment

Part 1 of 3

You can ignore maintenance, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring maintenance

Manage your investment

Most equipment owners view maintenance as a cost, but in the long run it’s much more productive to see it as a profit centre. Your equipment is only making money when it’s working and it will work longer when it’s properly maintained. 

Here are some tips to maximise your return on investment:


 Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule  Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule

1. Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. It’s all there in the manual for a reason.

Check your filters, sample the oil, grease all the lubrication points and check fuel quality on schedule to minimise costs and maximise the life of your equipment.

Download the free Perkins® My Engine App from the Apple or Google app stores for access to your engine’s service manuals.  

2. Keep it clean. Regularly check and clean the radiator and everywhere else dirt and debris build up.

That includes wheels, undercarriage, tracks, idlers, sprockets and hydraulic cylinders all of which can be damaged by dirt and debris. While you’re at it, check attachments like buckets, teeth and breakers for wear and damage. Dull and/or broken tools make the engine work harder so it burns more fuel and takes longer to finish the job. 

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Feed it clean fuel Feed it clean fuel

3. Feed it clean fuel. Something smaller than a human hair can destroy fuel pumps and injectors. 

Today’s high-pressure common rail fuel systems are built to micron tolerances and any contamination can cause unnecessary wear leading to fuel leakage, power reduction, decreased performance and increased emissions. Get fuel from a reputable supplier, filter it and use proper procedures when fueling to prevent contamination.

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4. Use the best operating mode for the job.

Machine manufacturers expend a lot of effort to develop multiple operating modes, so it makes sense to take advantage of them. Using different modes for different jobs and features like auto-idle and auto-shutdown can dramatically impact fuel economy. 

Find out more about guidance on engine performance from Perkins. 

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 Connect your machines and monitor your investment  Connect your machines and monitor your investment

5. Connect your machines and monitor your investment. Telematics don’t have to be expensive.

The Perkins® SmartCap paired with the free Perkins My Engine App creates a low-cost telematic solution for both electronic and mechanical engines. Simply replace your existing oil filler with the Perkins SmartCap and download the Perkins My Engine App from the Apple or Google store and start monitoring hours run, machine location, number of starts and lots more useful information.

To learn more, download the Perkins My Engine free app

6. Consider remanufactured parts.

Perkins remanufactured parts are literally as good as new because they meet the same specifications as new parts. They’re usually available quicker than a repaired part and can cost up to 40 percent less than a new part with no sacrifice in quality.   

Find out more about how Perkins remanufactured parts can save you money and support your business.  

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Take advantage of on-line parts ordering and overnight deliveries. Take advantage of on-line parts ordering and overnight deliveries.

7. Take advantage of on-line parts ordering and overnight deliveries.

Parts on your shelf aren’t making any money, but can fix that. Thousands of genuine Perkins parts are in stock for next day delivery.

Visit the Perkins shop to find genuine parts today.  

8. Get expert advice from your local distributor.

You rely on your machines and need to be sure they work well under tough conditions. Perkins authorised distributors have extensive expertise, helpful service staff and genuine parts to support you, whatever your need.

The knowledge and technical excellence that Perkins has built up over 87 years of engineering experience are shared by our distributors. It forms the heart of how they help us serve our customers. Find your local distributor here.

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Whether you own one Perkins engine or have a small fleet of Perkins powered machines, the free Perkins® My Engine App gives you all your engine information, wherever you are.

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Whether you are a machine owner, operate a rental business or a repair and engineering workshop, the Perkins shop gives you quick and easy access to the most frequently ordered Perkins parts.

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Your regional Perkins distributor can provide local, on-the-ground engine support to help you meet your business goals, providing your with genuine Perkins parts and expert service.

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To measure the profit potential of an effective maintenance program you have to know the real costs involved and that includes a lot more than parts and labor.

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