Sometimes it’s necessary to store your heavy equipment for months or seasons. Whether it’s for the entire winter or just for a few months while you’re not using it, there are important steps you should take to protect your machines and prevent damage. Follow these six tips for heavy equipment storage.
Prepare your storage area To keep your machines protected, heavy equipment storage is best done in a fully enclosed structure, like a garage, barn, or warehouse. The space should be insulated, clean, dry, and free of any pests and animals. You should also utilize a protective floor mat to prevent your tracked construction equipment from damaging the flooring. Cover your machines with a heavy duty, high quality tarp that will keep out moisture and help you avoid rust.
Clean and grease equipment before storage It’s important to give the exterior and interior of your machine a deep clean before longer term heavy equipment storage. If you wash dirt and debris from moving parts and add lubricant, it’ll be clean and ready to work when you power up the engine again. Check your owner’s manual for more specific instructions on lubricating your equipment’s moving parts.
Top off your fuel and oil tanks The last thing you want is condensation building up in your fuel and oil tanks. Topping both off before storage will help prevent moisture from accumulating, which could lead to costly engine problems down the road. You should also add fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank, so that your fuel doesn’t degrade over time.
Check tire pressure Inspect all tires before seasonal or long term heavy equipment storage for signs of damage or leaks. Check your owner’s manual to find the correct tire pressure, but remember that it is a good idea to slightly over inflate your tires during storage to prevent flat spots from developing, particularly if your machines will be sitting on concrete.
Complete repairs before storage. You should handle any repairs and maintenance before storing your construction equipment. Small problems can worsen and become major issues once you let your equipment sit for months unattended. By having them inspected, then completing any service before storage, you can avoid expensive repair bills when you start using your machines again.
Keep your heavy equipment secure Machine theft can occur if you don’t take the proper measures to prevent it. It’s important to lock up your equipment, plus lock your storage space, and invest in theft prevention devices like surveillance cameras, alarms, and telematics systems.
For questions on heavy equipment storage, contact the Heavy Machines Inc. team today!