Date Posted: 5 April 2017  

We are asked nearly on a daily basis, “What kind of hydraulic oil should I run in my machine?”  If the machine is designed for a monograde hydraulic oil (which most construction machines are), then our answer is always simple:  a high quality Group II hydraulic oil of the correct viscosity.


Date Posted: 14 December 2016  

ACES specialises in pin and bush repairs.  We source a full range of aftermarket parts to suit your mini excavator or skid steer loader.  We offer a full service repair service, and are one of the few companies that offer in house line boring. 

As the flanges on your machine wear out, they need to be line bored and fitted with replaceable sleeves.  Simply replacing the pins and bushes will not fix the worn out elongated components.  Our lin...


Date Posted: 12 April 2017  

The two most common types of grease used and recommended for pins and bushes on construction equipment are Moly Grease and Extreme Pressure Grease. 

But which one is most suitable for your Mini Excavator and Skid Steer Loader?

Both greases are manufactured from similar base oils with a lithium soap base, and are classed as NGL...


Date Posted: 8 March 2017  

One of the biggest causes of premature track failure is incorrect track tension.  It is also one of the most common faults we see on machines brought to us for service and repairs.  Along with track failure, over-tensioning of rubber tracks will also cause premature wear on undercarriage components ...


Date Posted: 19 April 2017  

Many machine manufacturers use different types of coolants in an effort to gain better cooling efficiencies and corrosion resistance in hot climates such as Australia.  Coolants are usually dyed to determine the type of coolant.  Unfortunately there are a lot of overlapping standards to the colours used by manufacturers, and in m...


Date Posted: 22 March 2017  

To fit bucket teeth to a 4-in-1 skid steer or ‘bobcat’ bucket there are two main points to consider: the width of the bucket and the lifting capacity of the machine.

Generally buckets up to 1600mm wide will be fitted to machines with a lifting capacity of 800kg and lower.  For buckets up to 1600mm wide we recommend 5KC3SB teeth as they are strong enough to withstand the lifting capacity and horsepower of the host machine, while still being economical in price. 

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Date Posted: 16 November 2016  

Do you have trouble connecting attachments to your excavator or skid steer loader?

If there is any residual pressure in the hydraulic lines of your machine or attachment then connecting the hydraulic lines can be extremely difficult or even impossible.

On Wacker Neuson Excavators residual pressure can be released by following this procedure:
1. Couple attachment to machine via quick hitch or half hitch.
2. Turn off machine.
3. Turn ignition key to accessory but do not start the machine.
4. Lower control arm.
5. Work auxilliary foot pedal back and forth (or left and right) until ...


It is common practice in the construction industry to use multigrade engine oil as a replacement for hydraulic oils.  This practice is recommended by some manufacturers but not by others, so what are the benefits and drawbacks?
 

The main benefit of multigrade engine oil when used as hydraulic oil is the fact that multigrade engine oils must fulfil


The number one cause of breakdowns in hydraulic equipment is contamination.  Luckily, in most cases it is very easy to prevent.

Advances in technology in the field of hydraulics has lead to powerful, reliable and very efficient machinery.  With these advances, the necessary level of cleanliness of hydraulic oil has also risen, and keeping the hydraulic oil clea...


Field connectable hydraulic fittings are a great alternative to crimp on fittings for making hose assemblies on site or repairing damaged lines.  They are pretty simple to fit if you follow the right procedures.

​Here are assembly instructions for Ryco Field Attachable Couplings with matched sizes of non-skive hoses BT1, ...


Cleaning engine air filters is a hot topic of debate, with some of our customers happy to blow out their engine air filters with compressed air to 'prolong their life'.  Our recommendation is to never clean engine air filters with compressed air, and it is the same opinion of most engine, filter and machinery manufacturers.

Cleaning air filters with compressed air ca...