Whether gearing up for a new season of digging or giving your machines a break, you want the confidence to know that they can do the job when needed. Taking the time to prepare your equipment pays off when you need it for your next big project. When you know how to store construction equipment long-term, you reduce the chances of having broken or inoperable machinery. Try these tips to help avoid expensive, unnecessary costs to fix improperly stored equipment.
Plan for inside storage to keep your machinery clean and protected. You reduce possible harm from inclement weather, extreme temperatures, and animals when you store indoors. Keeping your expensive equipment in a safe environment helps prevent theft or vandalism. Consider choosing a storage location that offers a security surveillance system as an additional deterrent to potential damage.
Clean Up, Fill Up, and Lube Up
Before storing, be sure to wash the entire machine thoroughly. Washing before storing helps it look good and keeps dirt, mud, and liquids from corroding large or small machinery parts. After cleaning, check your equipment to ensure there’s enough fuel, lube, and air in the tires, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Also, check the oil level and change the oil if needed.
Keep in Good Working Condition
If parts need replacing, take the time to do so before storing them. Consider your options and choose a reliable heavy equipment part. Before purchasing, you want to know the difference between an aftermarket and OEM part.
While stored, regularly start up your equipment to keep the machine in good working condition and put fuels, oils, and lubricated parts into motion. Take this time to check all parts for issues and tires for proper air pressure. For convenience, consider storage locations that offer to run or test your equipment periodically.
With the proper planning, your business and heavy equipment benefit when you take the time to learn how to store construction equipment long-term. Your equipment will be able to dig up some serious dirt when you need your dozer or backhoe to run like a champ for your next project.