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How to Prepare your Snow Removal Equipment for Winter

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Preparing your equipment for winter not only ensures it will function properly but it could be the difference between a job well done and money lost. When heavy-duty equipment isn’t ready for the cold and snow, it can malfunction and cause serious injuries to its operator. In order to avoid mishaps, ensure your equipment is ready for below zero temperatures.

Snow Removal Equipment

Engine
Make sure that your machine’s engine is working properly before it gets cold out. Check the fuel lubrication and air filtration and clean the fuel tank cap/vent. Look out for water or sediment lurking in the fuel and inspect the fuel filter as well. Additionally, verify that the fuel you’re using is cold weather compatible and always follow the equipment manufacturer’s instructions on how often lubricant should be applied. Finally, check for openings in the air filtration system. Any openings can suck in unfiltered air and will need to be corrected before they cause premature engine failure.

Tires
The equipment’s tires play an important role in the overall functionality of the machine. You should inspect the tires daily to ensure they are properly inflated. Inspect them for wear and tear and remove embedded debris after each use. If you notice that the middle of the tire is worn or there’s some chunking, they it need to be replaced.

Undercarriage
Over the course of the equipment’s lifetime, the undercarriage will require the most maintenance. Check the undercarriage every day to clear any mud, snow or debris that has accumulated after each use. Schedule yearly undercarriage inspections as well to ensure that everything is in top working order.

Batteries
Look at the battery electrolyte and make sure it is up to the full indicator ring and over the top of the plates. If the plates have dried they will not work properly and it’s always a good idea to remove any debris and dirt from the top of the battery. Also, you can remove corrosion from around the posts with baking soda and a terminal brush.

With a little diligence, your equipment will be ready for winter. Remember, the earlier you get your machines ready for the cold, the better they’ll function when the harsh weather hits. Start in the fall and you’ll have equipment that runs smoothly in the winter.

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