While pick replacement is critical, it’s not the only maintenance check that should be performed on cold planers. Here are some other simple things to be aware of. The time periods noted below are specifically related to Paladin’s Bradco and FFC Cold Planers and many other common brands. Be sure to read your manual for specific maintenance time periods for your unit.
- Ensure all nuts, bolts and other fasteners are in place, properly tightened and performing their specified function.
- Check all hoses for wear and/or damage and ensure there are no leaks.
- Inspect all quick disconnect areas for damage.
- Clean debris from all valves and hoses to avoid hydraulic system contamination.
- Ensure that the case drain coupler is completely engaged and the hose is not kinked or crushed; a restricted case drain flow can blow the shaft seal on the motor.
- Ensure the skid steer hydraulic system is at an adequate level of hydraulic oil.
- Keep as much outside debris out of the drum as possible.
Every 40 Hours Or Periodic Maintenance/Tips
- Grease all moving parts, including wheel bearings, hydraulic cylinder pivot pint, side shift wear areas like flat bars or side shift rods and the depth plates (also known as skids); always wipe off excess grease from fittings because it will collect dirt and increase wear.
- Check the planetary for leaks and call your dealer immediately if a fix is necessary.
- Perform the initial oil change after 50 hours of operation and once per year or every 1,000 hours after that.
“Lastly, one of the most important things to remember is don’t rush your cold planer,” says Bethards. “The unit will do the work, but you have to match the speed to the cut depth and application. Think of it in terms of inches and feet, not miles per hour. Don’t push it too fast or you will add significant wear to your picks, the rest of the attachment and the skid steer.”