Tips for properly removing equipment from winter storage

In Takeuchi’s quarterly newsletter for this Summer, the company’s National Warranty Manager Gary Bryan offers some helpful steps to take before it comes time to  turn the ignition key after a piece of equipment’s winter slumber.

“The bottom line is this: well maintained equipment will operate more smoothly and efficiently on site, will break down much less, and the cost of ownership will be reduced by minimizing costly repairs,” says Bryan.

And while Byran’s note is a good reminder of how to remove items from storage, it’s actually a good reminder of how to place equipment into storage as well. Here’s a rundown of his tips.

  • Equipment should be stored in a dry, dust-free environment.
  • Inspect equipment for any dirt or debris missed in the last cleanup. 
  • Remove anti-corrosion coating applied to the cylinder rods before being placed into storage.
  • Remove covers on air intake hose and muffler, typically placed as part a long-term storage or winterization process.
  • Change engine oil and filter, as well as gear oil in all assemblies
  • Replace all fuel and hydraulic filters
  • Top off all fluid levels: hydraulic oil, fuel, brake fluid, radiator fluid, washer wiper fluid, etc.

Now you’re ready to turn the ignition. After you do, be sure to let it warm up for 15 minutes before slowly engaging all hydraulic and drive functions and checking for leaks. Then, give the breaks a test, ensure all safety equipment is on board and you’re good to go.