In the last post, we discussed some ways to maintain your telehandler during the harsh winter months. However, it's important to have full knowledge of wintertime maintenance procedures in order to maximize your equipment's performance and lifespan. Here's part two of our guide to winter telehandler maintenance.
Another major step in winter telehandler maintenance is ensuring that the battery is fully charged and that it meets construction machinery standards and specifications. Keep in mind that during times of brisk cold weather, your telehandler's engine may require up to twice as many cold cranking amps (CCA) in order to start up.
The operator cab is one of the primary components of your telehandler. Therefore, it needs a thorough inspection prior to the start of cold weather. This helps to address and resolve any underlying issues before the freezing weather becomes too much of a roadblock. The heater and the defroster are what mostly need to be tested.
If possible, it's recommended to store your telehandler inside and shielded from the elements during the winter months. This helps to facilitate both the ignition of the engine and the machine's overall warmup process. If it must be left outside, make sure to shield it from moisture as much as possible using heavy duty tarps or something similar.
If you don't plan on using your telehandler daily during the winter, or even weekly, it's generally a good idea to start and exercise the equipment for a minimum of 30 minutes once every 30 days. As always, consult the owner's manual for an operational checklist to help keep other parts working properly. Running the machine at least once a month helps to prevent damage that can occur from lack of use.
Of course, keep in mind that this tip, as well as the rest of these maintenance tips, are meant for use as a guide, and specific maintenance procedures highly depend on your telehandler's manufacturer as well as the climate, application, and other factors.
Ultimately, safely operating and maintaining these machines is of the utmost importance. About 35% of on-the-job injuries are caused by machine accidents each year, as well as 14% of work-related deaths. If you have questions about how to properly maintain any type of construction equipment, consult the owner's manual and/or an equipment professional.
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