How To Prepare Your Heavy Equipment for the Winter

How To Prepare Your Heavy Equipment for the Winter
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    During the winter months, it’s common to deal with cold-weather problems that can affect your heavy equipment.

    Whether frozen parts or winter damage, it’s essential to protect all your equipment to ensure your machines work properly.


Luckily, you can take the necessary steps to prepare your machines. Check out this guide on how to prepare your heavy equipment for the winter today!

Install Lubricants on Your Machines

A great way to protect your equipment is by installing lubricants on your machines. During the colder months, machines can freeze or take a long time to start up. Fortunately, lubricants can speed up the process and control the friction on the machines’ surface.

The best time to install lubricants is before it becomes too cold outside. Depending on your region, winter-like weather can set in quickly, so we recommend installing lubricants toward the end of fall or early winter.

Store Equipment in Enclosed Storage Facilities

Whether it’s the end of the workday or you’re not using certain machines, it’s essential to store equipment in enclosed storage facilities. When you expose equipment to winter weather, machine parts can freeze, collect snow, or suffer unnecessary wear and tear.

For example, if you leave equipment out on the jobsite, you will spend the next day brushing off snow and dealing with frozen machine parts. Therefore, store equipment to avoid any winter weather-related mishaps.

Use Preventative Tools and Methods

It’s essential to use preventative tools and methods to ensure the lifespan of your equipment during winter. Different winter elements can hinder job performance, so it’s important to use tools that can help you combat seasonal problems.

For example, installing a Quicksilver liner is one of the best ways to keep snow from sticking to your dump truck.

Conduct Frequent Visual Inspections

During the winter, heavy equipment is susceptible to wear and tear from the cold weather. Fortunately, the easiest way to check your equipment is by conducting frequent visual inspections.

Look for cracks, cuts, and other visible damage on machines. You can do this before and after using equipment and take notes of any signs of wear and tear.

In addition, it’s best to remove any snow and dirt from machines because they can cover possible equipment damage.

Always Fuel Tanks Before Storing Them

Frozen fuel tanks are common during the wintertime. However, you can combat this by fueling tanks before storing them. At the end of your shift, fuel the tank and place the machine in an enclosed storage facility.

This will prevent a frozen fuel tank and prepare you for the next workday. Instead of stopping to refuel or spend time thawing a tank, you can complete your daily tasks.

During the winter months, it’s essential to make sure your heavy equipment functions properly. Cold weather can freeze machine parts or cause wear and tear.

Fortunately, you can combat this by taking the necessary steps. Hopefully, this guide on how to prepare your heavy equipment for the winter can help you.

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