Definitions

There are terms that we use to describe the condition of Heavy Equipment. If there is no understanding on your part of how I am using my words to describe the condition of a piece of equipment in my emails, in inspections or on the phone than I am failing to communicate and the possibility exists that the machine will be misrepresented as you understand it. The goal of South Mountain Tractor is to never misrepresent a machine. Therefore, I have taken the time to offer my definitions of words that I use in representing equipment. These are by no means industry standard terms only I how use these words when representing a machine. If there is any questions, please call.

General Terms

Percent Remaining: A measure of useful life tires, undercarriage, chains and ground engaging tools. Though measurable this is still subjective as some manufacturers consider 120% to be a useful life though this often is not attainable.

Blow by: A measure of compression created by an engine often used to determine the condition of an engine. A subjective term and difficult to truly measure as some engines naturally produce significant amounts of blow by, typically the sign of a worn engine, but are still mechanically sound. The knowledge of what a particular engines ordinary blow by is used as a guide in my measurements.

Terms to Describe Movement in Pins and Bores

Loose: A term of measure for the amount of movement in an area that has pins and bores. This movement is noticeable and will need to be repaired in a reasonable amount of time before causing damage and additional expense.

Play: A term of measure for the amount of movement in an area that has pins and bores. This movement is moderate and should be monitored. Normal for a machine that has mid- to late-life hours.

Tight: A term of measure for the amount of movement in an area that has pins and bores. Very little movement in good condition.

Terms to Describe Leaks

Leak: Oil or fluid is accumulating on the surface of a seal and dripping.

Wet: Oil or fluid is accumulating on the surface of a seal or area surrounding but is not dripping.

Sweating / Seeping: Oil or fluid is slowly accumulating on the surface and not dripping. This can be caused by the lack of use in some instances and not necessarily reason for repair.

Terms to Describe Cosmetic Damage

Straight: No damage to sheet metal or plastic.

Ding: Sheet metal or Plastic has minor damage and is only noticeable upon close distance.

Dent: Sheet metal or Plastic has been damaged. Dent is noticeable from a distance.

Smashed / Damaged: Sheet metal or plastic has significant damage. Area would likely need to be repaired before most would begin operating.

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