No matter what industry or business you are a part of, when your big machinery items break, it is never a good situation. The issues or problems are normally costly and come at just the wrong time. For a quick glance at the common heavy machinery problems that often occur, read here. This information will not only prepare you but give you a foundation on what you can do if and when this happens.

Poor Electrical Connections

Unfortunately, this common problem is not something you can prevent from occurring. When poor electrical connections occur, it can cause the electricity to not flow properly throughout the piece of equipment. This can happen when the connections are night tight or when contaminants get lodged in between the contact surfaces. While there is not much you can do to prevent this from occurring, you can keep up with regular maintenance to keep as much dirt and dust away from the connectors.

Gearboxes Going Bad

Gearboxes can withstand extreme conditions. All gear types, no matter how they were manufactured, can handle high temperatures and extreme pressure. Due to this durability, many often don’t realize that problems can occur. Even the smallest issue with a gearbox can make the whole piece of machinery unusable and result in it needing mechanical attention. Make sure that you’re observant and watch for any noises or issues with performance, as well as keep up with the regular maintenance requirements so that this isn’t a bump that you have in the road.

Worn and Overused Parts

Over time, the use of a machine reduces the quality of it. This happens even when you regularly maintain the equipment. As such, routinely going over your equipment and making sure that the parts don’t look worn is the best way to go. This way, you can catch the issue or problem even before it occurs. Other than that course of action, there is not much you can do about parts going bad over time—especially when the piece of heavy machinery is used regularly.

Don’t underestimate these common heavy machinery problems listed above. If one of these occurs, it can not only hurt your bank account but take away quality time you should put toward your business. Remember, stay up to date on your maintenance requirements and always keep a close eye on the condition of your machine.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.