Spring is here and summer isn’t far behind, which means snow removal companies are storing their equipment for the year while landscapers and construction experts are pulling theirs out and dusting it off. Businesses that need heavy machinery may work during different seasons or not even work in the same industry, but they all have one thing in common. They want to protect their expensive equipment from the elements the best they can when it’s not in use.
Preparing Your Machinery for Storage
When stored unprepared, cold weather causes machinery to have thicker fluids, battery discharge, and a decrease in tire pressure, while hot weather can cause excess stress on the mechanics and disintegration of rubber parts. For this reason, preparing your equipment is essential before putting it away for an extended period of time. Clean any dirt and debris from the machinery first, then lubricate all of its moving parts. Inspect tires and tighten up any pieces that could become loose over time. If there are any chips in the paint, repair them, which helps to prevent the development of rust. Check the fuel levels, filling them for winter storage and draining them for spring and summer storage. Repair any other damage you may have come across during the inspection and perform any other maintenance outlined in the user guide.
Choosing the Right Storage Facility for Your Equipment
Where you store your heavy equipment is just as important as how you store it. Regardless of which of the range of storage solutions you choose, ensure the equipment is inside, easy to access, and spaced far enough apart to prevent collisions when the new season begins. Some companies use shipping containers because they are durable, watertight, and inexpensive, plus can be modified with electric, lights, and even windows if necessary. Other businesses store equipment in welded mesh cages that remain locked down to prevent unauthorized access. They can also be used indoors or outdoors and have protective coverings when needed. However, most people use traditional units for their heavy machinery storage needs. Units are available in a wide variety of sizes, are available for both short- and long-term needs, and may even provide climate control options. They also provide 24/7 access and are perfect for such items as forklifts or company pickup trucks.
Taking the time to clean and maintain your equipment, not to mention choose the right store method for it, is essential for your bottom line. By preparing now, you ensure you won’t spend unnecessary money on unexpected repairs of machinery replacement when it’s time to head back to work. Always research the storage facilities first before deciding which one can best meet your needs.