Best Practices: Restoring Your Machine for Spring
By Ron Snyder and Kevin Barclay
Spring is right around the corner. Whether your equipment has been sitting in long-term storage, or you've been able to use it all winter long, taking a few key steps will ensure the maximum efficiency of your machine this season.
If you completed the recommended pre-storage maintenance and procedures at the end of fall, you should be in good shape when restoring it in the spring. Here are our best practices to follow prior to getting out on the jobsite.
After uncovering the machine, first take the time to inspect it from top to bottom. It’s a detailed process, but vital for your machine after sitting in storage. Different factors, from temperature to rodents, can cause issues.
When looking over your machine:
One additional step for machines equipped with Tier 4 engines is checking the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) container to make sure it did not freeze or crack over winter.
Prior to Starting
After careful inspection of your machine and ensuring everything is secure and in good working condition, you can now begin prepping your machine for use.
Following this, you can now start the engine. Allow the engine to idle for approximately 15 minutes in a well-ventilated area and check for the following:
At this point, it is good to shut off the engine and do one more walkaround to inspect for any evidence of leaks that you may not have caught initially.
Machines Utilized During Winter
Some operators use their machines year round, and in particularly harsh climates, one step is crucial before spring to ensure it is ready: checking the oil.
The viscosity of the oil may have been lowered for the cold ambient temperatures. If this was the case, when temperatures begin to warm up above freezing, this oil should be drained and replaced with the proper viscosity oil for the current conditions. This information can be found in the manufacturer’s operator’s manual.
Storing and restoring your machine is a process, but by taking care of your investment, it will lead to greater uptime, maximizing profitability. Simply put, that is good for your bottom line.
Ron Snyder is the national service and warranty manager at Takeuchi-US. Kevin Barclay is a regional service manager at Takeuchi-US.