Downtime on a jobsite can be costly. Not only are you on a schedule, but you also don’t want to pay your employees not to work. There are several ways to decrease the likelihood of downtime and damage when it comes to excavators. As always, make sure to cite your manufacturer’s manual to find the best practices for your machine.

Schedule Regular Inspections

You don’t know about problems with your excavator if you don’t perform routine inspections. Starting with a walk-around inspection, the operator should make sure there are no leaks, inspect the tracks, pay attention to the rollers, and anything else within view. Other items to pay close attention to include the rock guards, track chains, track bolts, main idlers and rollers. Remember to read the manufacturer’s operation manual and follow the proper guidelines for maintenance.

Keep the Undercarriage Clean

Excavators are working in some of the dirtiest conditions and that leads to undercarriage build up quickly. Debris can cause damage and premature wear to the equipment. When working in muddy jobsites, the water stuck in the undercarriage can lead to rust and a breakdown of the components. In colder climates, the debris can freeze, causing damage to bolts, rollers, and other areas of the track. Plus, this debris can carry quite a weight. That added weight can lead to more fuel being used than necessary. Don’t let dirt lead to costly problems—clean out your excavator undercarriage regularly!

Pay Attention to Track Tension

When track tension is ignored, it can lead to damage and downtime. If a track is too loose, you may experience de-tracking. Tracks that are too tight can lead to loss of power. In fact, tracks that are over-tightened can stretch and tear rubber tracks and cause serious damage to track rollers and idlers. Remember to cite your manufacturer’s manual to find the right tension for your machine and working conditions.

Utilize Rubber Tracks When Necessary

Steel tracks aren’t always the best choice for every jobsite. In fact, they can slow down the process when used improperly. Rubber tracks are often available on smaller models of excavators and are used when working on softer ground. Because rubber excavator tracks cause less ground disturbance than their steel counterparts, they cause less damage to grassy areas, fields, or in wet or soft ground.

Rubber excavator tracks are much more cost effective than their steel counterparts. However, they require replacement more often, because they’re not as durable. Another bonus is that they can typically allow for higher speeds to be reached, because they reduce vibration and can grip the ground better. Along with allowing the excavator to be driven faster, this reduction in vibration can also lead to a longer service life of the machine and reduced maintenance costs.

Follow Best Practices

An excavator is only as good as how it’s used. Operators should follow the manufacturer’s operation manual to minimize costly damage, which can lead to hefty downtime. Something as seemingly small as the types of turns being made when operating the excavator can actually contribute to damage.

Minimize Time on Slopes

Watching the time the excavator spends on large hills can also minimize damage to the excavator. When the equipment is being moved up or down a slope puts quite a bit of pressure on the drive motor and tracks. Here’s a tip: make sure the drive motor is facing the back of the machine as often as possible to help with maneuverability when climbing a slope.

Wide Turns Help Reduce Wear and Tear

By performing pivot turns, or counter-rotation turns, too often, excavators are more likely to experience damage leading to a shorter service life. Gradual, wide turns (even introducing more Y-turns) whenever possible, can help decrease potential problems, such as de-tracking and undue wear and tear.

Avoid Edges

When encountering curbs and other steep edges or small “cliffs,” use a ramp whenever possible. Driving an excavator over these can wreak havoc on tracks (especially rubber tracks).

Pay Attention to Ground Conditions

Before sending an excavator to a new jobsite, check the ground conditions. If your machine will be better served using rubber tracks, make that change before getting to the jobsite. This will not only save time in the long run, but the machine will run more smoothly, minimizing wear and tear.

Excavator Repair Services

Our professionally trained service staff is ready to answer any questions you have about your excavator, forklift, or crane. We also offer emergency services to help you get back up and running. RTL Equipment knows your construction equipment needs to work so you can work, so give us a call to discuss how we can best serve you in the future.


In December 2017, Kobelco Cranes announced their plans for a 300/350 ton crawler crane. The standard crane’s max capacity is 300 tons and 350 metric tons with the Super Heavy Lift (SHL) specification. Recently, the first two units of the new CKS3000 lattice boom crawler crane was delivered to Guna Teguh Abadi Construction, based in Indonesia. The handover ceremony took place at the Kobelco factory in Japan and this brand new crane will get to work in April.

Executive officer of Kobelco, Shinsuke Izumi, commented “the CKS3000 is the largest model in Kobelco’s multi-purpose crawler crane lineup while also offering large-sized model features as well. The business relationship between GTA Construction and Kobelco has been growing over the past 20 years and we look forward to a continuing business relationship.”

Kobelco Boom Specs

The standard Kobelco model crane boasts a whopping 295 feet and a maximum 255 feet combination. It also carries a 98-foot mixed jib and can take on capacities of nearly 190 tons with radius of 28 feet.

Crane Operator Information

Comfort and safety of the crane operator were serious considerations—as they should be. With much larger windows, the new crane offers better visibility for the crane operator. There’s also a brand new load Moment Limiter monitor with a touch screen feature that helps eliminate confusion. These new cranes are intuitive, offer ease of use, and can save you time.

Jobsite Performance

Kobelco had a goal of “achieving maximum ease of operation” with this new crane, so its undercarriage has been reinforced and enhanced to take on the toughest job sites. Their hydraulic control system has been one of the most reliable in the market for years and the latest model is benefiting from that as well. Their free-fall winch option is available, as well, which is an excellent inclusion, depending on jobsite needs.

Contact RTL Equipment for More Info

The knowledgeable staff here at RTL Equipment always look forward to sharing news about the latest equipment with our customers. Give us a call today if you have questions about the brand new Kobelco crane or any other construction equipment needs.

 


RTL Equipment has offered Tadano Cranes for years for a number of reasons—not the least of which is their solid history of manufacturing reliable, powerful machines. We’re taking a look back to learn more about Tadano Cranes and how they came to be one of the most popular crane brands in the world.

History of Tadano Cranes

Tadano Limited is one of the top ten largest crane manufacturers in the world and got its start in Takamatsu, Japan. Founded by Masuo Tadano in 1919, Tadano began as a steel fabricator. However, in 1948, Tadano started to manufacture cargo handling equipment. By 1955, Tadano’s first hydraulic truck crane was manufactured and five years later, exported their first crane. Tadano America Corporation (TAC) was established as the strategic base for North American sales in 1993. Since the early 2000s, Tadano has made a name for itself internationally and in 2008, acquired the US-based SpanDeck, now known as Tadano Mantis Corporation.rtl equipment featured machine blog tadano crane easter island project

Tadano and Easter Island

In the early 1990s, Tadano worked with the Chilean Government to restore Ahu Tongariki. These are the well-known shrines on Easter Island. The project spanned five years and included work alongside esteemed archeologists. Tadano was trusted to help lift the statues and place them upright again after damage from war and tsunamis toppled them.

Types of Tadano Cranes

RTL Equipment is a proud distributor of Tadano Cranes because we know they’re dependable, rugged machines. Whether your construction project is on or off-road, Tadano cranes boast proven safety features and reliability for you to get the job done right the first time.

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Tadano all terrain cranes come with maximum lift capacities ranging from 75 to 660 tons and a maximum lift height of 200 to 482.1 feet, depending on the model. For instance, the ATF 79G-5 offers a 144’ main boom, a two-engine configuration, and air conditioning available in both cabins to keep the operator comfortable. We all know that when the crane operator is comfortable, the job can get done faster. The largest all terrain crane offered by Tadano is the ATF 600G-8, which includes the revolutionary Triple-Boom System, eliminating the need for a boom suspension system. Additionally, the ATF-600G-8 has a shortened tail swing radius when compared to similarly sized models, which means it’s able to fit in tighter work spaces.

 

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The rough terrain cranes from Tadano make it easier for operators to plan lifts by providing detailed information about operational status, work history, machine position, and more with HELLO-NET. This telematics system also helps plan maintenance and inspection schedules to keep your crane up and running. The GR-1600XL, for instance, also has optional heavy lifting and insert lattice jibs, which help you lift heavier loads higher.

Contact RTL Equipment

RTL Equipment is proud to offer Tadano Cranes in our line of cranes for sale and rent. If you don’t see the exact equipment you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll work with you to find what you need. When you’re an RTL customer, you can count on superior service—we’re ready to answer any questions you may have.


Back in October, we informed you about the the Harbor Bridge Project that is taking place down in Corpus Christi, Texas. This bridge, which upon completion will be the longest cable stay bridge in the United States, needed some large machinery to carry out this operation. We were happy to rent A.H. Beck two Kobelco crawler cranes to assist with this massive project. So, how have things been going since October? 

RTL Equipment Crawler Cranes

When this project was announced, RTL Equipment was able to supply A.H. Beck with a Kobelco CK1600G lattice crawler crane and a Kobelco CK2750G crawler crane. These crawlers have been instrumental in the construction of the bridge and will be there for the entirety of the project. The picture to the right shows one of our crawlers helps with the assembly of shaft seven for the bridge.

As many of you may recall, Hurricane Harvey swept through southern Texas with devastating force backing in late August. Despite all of the damage and displacement that it caused for many of the locals, the construction of the bridge pressed on. As the project’s December report shows, they recently tore down a recreation center to make way for the new bridge construction.

Cranes for Rent and Sale

RTL Equipment supplies contractors and businesses with cranes all over the United States, and even internationally. If you need a crawler crane, wheel loader, truck crane, or any other of our construction machines, contact RTL Equipment today.


The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) partnered with Pace, AECOM Technical Services, Kuesel Excavating Company, Inc., and Lochmueller Group to undergo a $25 million improvement design build project for Route 141 at 1-44 in St. Louis, and they needed RTL’s help. With over 50,000 cars and trucks using this road every day, the MoDOT hopes this project will help improve traffic flow and increase driver safety by reducing accidents that frequent this area. We at RTL Equipment were thrilled to offer up the equipment MoDOT needed to complete this project.

Route 141 Improvement Design Build Project

This design project began in June of 2016 and is set to be completed by July 2018. The MoDOT was impressed with Pace’s project plan that focused on driver safety and mobility. Pace claims that with this project, delay during morning commutes will drop by 50% and delays during the afternoon will drop by 67%. Pace also submitted an Environmentally Responsible Construction Technique plan to ensure that this project is productive and beneficial for drivers and for the environment. So far, almost all of the concrete for this project has been recycled and put back into the new fills the project is producing, and all of the old asphalt is returning back to the plant to be recycled for future use. ThrU turns were successfully installed last summer in this area and will assist in increasing the ease of traffic flow once the full project is completed. While this project has had to overcome many challenges including two railroads, a high voltage transmission, and major fiber optic gas and utility lines running through the area of the project, along with a large flood last May that halted production for several weeks, MoDOT and its partners have marched on and worked overtime through a mild winter to ensure this project will be finished by its projected July 15, 2018 completion date.

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RTL Equipment – Terex Crawler Crane

Tom Schilly, Pace’s equipment manager, reached out to RTL Equipment for the rental of a Terex HC110 Lattice Crawler Crane to help make sure their large project gets completed on time. This Terex Crane can lift up to 110 tons, has a 150’ boom, and a single sheave boom point extension. With a four piece removable counterweight system, the Terex HC110 crawler crane is one of the most efficient and transportable cranes available and a valuable piece of equipment for the Route 141 project.

RTL Equipment Rentals

If you are in search of forklift, excavator, or crane services, construction equipment rentals, or construction equipment parts, RTL Equipment has you covered! Contact or visit us at our Grimes or Swisher locations to see how we can help you meet your construction project’s goals.