Completing routine maintenance and daily inspections on your Rayco stump cutter ensures your machine will run safely and smoothly now and in years to come.
A few examples of your daily inspection should include checking the cutting boom cylinders and linkage for damage, removing any chip or residue build-up in or around the engine, inspecting the tires and rims, and more. In addition, other examples of daily maintenance include checking the engine oil level, performing a brake test, checking the cutter wheel teeth and hardware, and lubricating the jackshaft bearings, boom pivots, and cutting wheel, as well as the cutter wheel bearings. It is also essential to check and adjust the tension of the Cutting Wheel PolyChain® every ten hours of run time. Always make sure the machine is shut down before checking the tension. Then, using a belt gauge, check the PolyChain® tension by depressing it at the centre of the span. A weekly check of the emergency stop lanyard should also be performed to ensure that the clutch is properly engaged and adjusted.
Before operating your stump cutter on the job, call 811 Before You Dig to get your utility lines marked and protect yourself from injury and expense. Ensure all bystanders or personnel are at least 25-feet away from the machine and area where you will be working. Clear all obstacles from the path of the stump cutter. Beware of hazards such as wires, ditches, etc. Make sure if using swing-out controls, the window is clean and secured in the open position. Before you begin to cut, you must let your machine warm up properly to ensure peak performance and longevity of life. Let your engine warm-up and idle for at least two minutes, as well as warming up the hydraulic oil and cycling all controls to warm up the cylinders and lines.
After operating your Rayco Stump Cutter, you should allow the engine to continue to run with the throttle midway between slow and fast for at least 15 seconds. Before storage, your machine should be cleaned of all oil, dirt, grease, and other foreign matter. It is recommended to start and operate the machine after washing to help get rid of excess water. All exposed hydraulic cylinder rods should be coated with Valvoline Tectyl 506 oil or an equivalent to prevent damage to O-rings that could cause leakage. The battery should be stored indoors and where the temperature does not drop below 32° F. The battery should be stored on wood and should always be fully charged. As the operator, you are responsible for the required maintenance of your machine. With the proper maintenance and care, your Rayco Stump Cutter will continue to operate safely at peak performance for years to come.
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