There are times when you will have to store your heavy equipment, whether it’s for the off-season or a longer time period. Before storing it, check your manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them. To make sure your heavy equipment is ready to go back to work when you are, there are some best practices you’ll need to take before storing it.
By following these best practices during storage, you can increase your equipment’s lifespan:
Choose the Right Storage Area
Your equipment should be stored in a fully enclosed space like a warehouse or garage that is insulated, clean, and pest-free. Covering your equipment will help keep it moisture and rust-free.
Placing the equipment on a protective floor mat will also aid in keeping it dry and clean while protecting the floor of your structure. Covering your equipment and using a protective floor mat is especially important if you are storing it outside.
Clean Your Equipment & Lubricate the Parts
Cleaning both the inside and outside of your equipment will help ensure that it’s in working order when you next need it. Dirt, mud, or grease can seriously affect your equipment’s performance.
Top Off Both Fuel & Oil Tanks
Making sure your fuel and oil tanks are full will keep condensation from forming, thus avoiding potential engine problems. Adding a fuel stabilizer will help stop the fuel from breaking down over time.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Check tires for any damage or leaks. Consult your owner’s manual for proper tire pressure information, but it’s usually a good idea to slightly overinflate your tires to prevent flat spots that may occur during storage.
Perform Regular Maintenance & Any Other Repairs Needed
Take care of all repairs BEFORE storing as they can become major issues once you let the equipment sit for a while. Don’t forget – Just because your equipment is in storage, doesn’t mean you should skip regular maintenance.
Keep Your Equipment Safe & Secure
Make sure your equipment is in a safe and secure place to best protect your investment. Having security cameras and alarms will help deter any would-be thieves as well.
How you store your heavy equipment is a factor in its longevity. Understanding the best practices for heavy equipment storage will help you evaluate your company’s current equipment storage plan.
If you need help in prepping your equipment for storage or with regular maintenance while it is in storage, please contact the MAWS location nearest you to learn how we can help!