As summer starts to come to an end, many construction workers are preparing for the change in season and the subsequent change in equipment safety standards that come with it. The global construction equipment market is estimated to be worth approximately $145.5 billion, and if you live in a climate that is especially susceptible to cold weather and snow, rain, or ice, taking proper care of your equipment is a must, especially during the weather changes. Here's a quick and handy guide to help you properly prepare your equipment for the winter months.
After a season of heavy duty use, all major pieces of construction equipment should be inspected by a professional to check for damaged parts. While damaged tools are receiving equipment repair services, all working equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated to start preparing them for the next season's use. Depending on the type of equipment, it may already require everyday lubrication, but certain equipment definitely warrants extra lubrication. If you're unsure, refer to the owner's manual.
During the equipment inspection, make sure to put an emphasis on any parts that may need repaired or replaced. If any component of a piece of equipment is showing significant signs of wear and tear, a winter of sitting in storage won't do it any good, so it should be sent for equipment repair services so it can be stored properly and ready to use in the spring.
Once the equipment is fully cleaned and lubricated, it's time to find somewhere with the right conditions to store it properly. Improper storage can lead to excess wear and tear and diminished lifespan, so opt for somewhere with a roof or overhead coverage. "Unneeded equipment can sometimes be put in storage in the fall. If the use of this hardware is dependent on favorable weather, utilizing a garage, pole barn or other type of indoor unit is a great way to keep it out of harsh conditions altogether. Scheduled and ad hoc maintenance can even be performed in an environment that is clean, spacious and, in some cases, climate-controlled," writes Megan Wild in Construction Equipment Guide.
Ultimately, these are just the first few steps of getting your construction equipment ready for winter storage. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss operator preparation, future maintenance, and efficiency maximization.