Debris or water in the fuel system will bring a machine coughing and spluttering to a grinding halt. On the outside plant is built to work in tough conditions, but on the inside it’s a precision machine needing the same tender loving care as your car.
DEBRIS IN THE FUEL– It’s very important to exercise care when re-fuelling. Always use clean, dry, sealable designated containers and decanters for use with fuel only. Don’t be tempted to cut corners by using the bucket that’s been kicking around on site and used by the bricklayers all week!
Rumour has it that the machine has a filter for catching all those nasty grains of sand and dirt. This is true to a certain extent, but as soon as that filter is clogged the digger will stubbornly refuse to lift another bucket until you’ve called out the fitter to lovingly replace the affected part and nurse it back to its former circulation………aww, there, there.
WATER IN THE FUEL – Try as they might, the world’s super brains have still not worked out a method of using water to fuel the combustion engine. But,at the slightest opportunity, water has a knack of getting into the machinery fuel system anyway and causing havoc!
It takes a tiny amount of water, only about a cupful, to stall an engine so keep those fuel containers and decanters sealed and out of the rain – difficult in typical British weather, I know!
Also, particularly in cool weather, to avoid the space for condensation to accumulate in the fuel tank always top-up that tank at the end of your working day.
Better to spend an extra 10 minutes at the end of your day than to waste a couple of hours at the start of the next when the machine refuses to run!
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