Nothing is more frustrating than purchasing a brand-new machine or tool only to misuse it and thereby ruin it. Avoid this conundrum by learning how to increase your auger’s lifespan so it can perform multiple job applications. Prevent damage to your auger by learning how to maintain the machine so you can get the most bang for your buck.
Sharpen the Blades on Your Auger
After you’ve used your auger repeatedly, the blades on the tool will dull. Rather than tossing out the worn-down blade, you can sharpen it yourself, so it’s ready for use again. A bench grinder is great for this—plus, if any dents or bends prevent you from cleaning the blade properly, you can carefully take a hammer and pliers to try straightening this part yourself.
It is important to note that any repairs or enhancements you do to the tool yourself could negate any warranty from the manufacturer. We suggest you contact the manufacturer for help to ensure the auger is repaired correctly, if you don’t want to ruin your equipment because you don’t have the proper tool knowledge.
Perform Routine Maintenance
No matter what type of machine you’re using on a construction site, it will need routine maintenance to carry out a job properly. Upon this maintenance, if you notice any parts missing or broken, replace them. For example, replacing bladed auger teeth can help the machine work more efficiently. Other maintenance could include adjusting and lubricating parts, tightening screws and bolts, and topping off oil and fuel.
Use the Appropriate Add-Ons for the Application
Under no circumstances should you use the auger for an application it is not appropriate for. Forcing the tool and its added components to perform a job it was not built to do can damage the machine and prevent you from using it in the future. Before you begin each job, consider what you need from the auger to determine which components are suitable for the application.
Utilize Roll Bars
Roll bars are a great addition to your auger to prevent the flighting from coming into contact with the physical machine. This will increase the lifespan of your auger by protecting it from the flighting and blades on the end of the tool. This practice can also help thwart unnecessary wear and tear. If you don’t currently use a roll bar with your auger, consider giving it a try so you can keep the tool in working condition for longer.
There are many ways you can increase the lifespan of your equipment. Don’t ignore the advice above, or you could be shortening the life of your tools. The best way to keep your auger in tip-top shape is to ensure the tool and its add-ons are appropriate for your specific application.