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Welcome to the EquipmentShare shop blog and content library, Building Blocks. Building Blocks is a collection of knowledge and information from our industry experts for all things heavy equipment parts related, produced for everyone from technicians to small fleet owners. Our curated content list is divided into four sections and is updated regularly with new articles and information with open access for all. If you want to receive regular reminders when new articles drop, sign up below:

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Conducting regular maintenance is the most effective way to preserve the quality of your machines. Keeping up with maintenance tasks will help ensure your equipment has a long lifespan. In this section, we'll discuss what you can do to keep your machines in good condition.


The worn out and damaged tracks of a mini excavator

The Effects of Worn Tracks on Heavy Equipment Performance and Safety

A corroded gasket seal covered in rock and dirt

The Common Causes of Premature Seal Failure in Heavy Equipment

A shot of an skid steer taken from within and framed by a concrete tube

Why Do Heavy Equipment Diesel Engines Misfire?

Close up of a dirty air filter in its housing in an engine bay

Understanding Clogged Air Filter Symptoms in Heavy Equipment

A red air compressor sitting in front of a chain fence on a concrete roadside

Types of Contamination That Can Affect Portable Air Compressors


The inside of an air filter

How to Change the Hydraulic Filter in Your Heavy Equipment

An excavator with a smoke trail coming from the top

What Different Diesel Engine Smoke Colors Can Reveal

Hydraulic hoses on a heavy machine arm

The Causes and Impacts of Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

Man standing on a job site watching two excavators dig

What Is Wet Stacking and How Do You Prevent It?

A mini excavator digging a hole next to a building

5 Common Mini Excavator Problems and How to Solve Them

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Explore our Guides section and get detailed information on some of the most important heavy equipment topics. Get step-by-step instructions for frequent maintenance tasks. Plus, learn best practices for managing, operating, and preserving your equipment.


A shot of a man on a boom lift basket from the bottom up, the man can be seen through the grated basket floor

Boom Lift Safety: Understanding the Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Man wearing safety vest and hard hat sitting in the cap of a skid steer

Essential PPE for Job Site Safety: Protecting Workers from Head to Toe

Close up of a pair of hands and a gas pump pumping fuel into a heavy equipment

Common Causes of Fuel Consumption Problems in Heavy Equipment

A worker in the basket of an extended boom lift on concrete

Which Parts of Your Fleet Should You Electrify?

A man on a muddy jobsite walking up to an exacavator lifting a giant concrete tube via a belt secured around the arm

Understanding Your Excavator's Lifting Capacity


A close up picture of diesel injectors on a patterned background

How to Clean Diesel Fuel Injectors

A rusty hydraulic device at the end of a piece of heavy equipment

How to Prevent Rust and Corrosion on Construction Equipment

Man filling up a fuel tank with diesel fluid

Diesel Fuel Storage for Construction Sites: Best Practices

Two track loaders leveling out dirt

The Best Equipment for Leveling Ground

A Takeuchi TL12 Skid Steer

Takeuchi TL12 DIY Filter Change

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In this section, we'll take a deep dive into the specific parts of your machine. We'll focus on individual components and answer questions about them in greater depth. Learn how specific parts play key roles in the performance of your fleet. And, gain a better understanding of how those parts work.


A close up of a v-belt on a pristinely clean engine

The Role of V-Belts in Construction Equipment: What You Need to Know

The inside of a crane cab overlooking a city

The Roles of Electronic Control Units in Heavy Equipment

A shot of the engine compartment of an excavator

The Different Types of Control Valves in Heavy Equipment

A used gasket getting lifted out of a machine

The Types of Gaskets Found in Heavy Equipment

The inside dash in the cab of a heavy equipment machine

Heavy Equipment Sensors: Their Roles in Modern Construction Machines


A close up of a pile of grease fittings, also known as zerks

Grease Fittings 101: The Functions and Maintenance of Zerks

A hand wearing a blue glove reaching into a machine to check a hydraulic filter

Symptoms of a Clogged Hydraulic Filter

A close up of rusty fuel injectors

Symptoms of a Bad Diesel Fuel Injector

A close up of teeth on a bucket digging into the dirt

Bucket Teeth Basics: What You Should Know

An earth moving machine driving over flattened dirt

DEF Headers: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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