Keep Snow Removal Equipment Running Smoothly All Winter
Successful snow removal from your facility grounds is dependent on well-running equipment.
Cold-starting your equipment in frigid temperatures can quickly wear out its components, leaving you in a bind before the spring thaw.
Follow these tips from the Snow & Ice Management Association to keep your snow removal equipment running smoothly all winter long:
- Batteries: As cold temperatures can drain batteries, store your equipment in a warm area when you are not using it.
- Tires: Tires deflate quicker in colder temperatures. Check the air pressure on equipment tires regularly and inspect the tires for wear and tear.
- Grease points: Grease all grease points well, including the axle hubs; make sure to have a good build-up of grease for the season.
- Fuel additives: Use an anti-gelling additive in diesel fuel to improve your engine start-up in cold weather.
- Engine, oil, coolant, and hydraulic oil: Change the oils in your equipment before and after the winter months. Use a low viscosity oil that will flow with less resistance, so the temperature of your oil matches the temperatures outside, assuring your equipment will work properly.
- Cold climate engine checks: In cold climates, oil becomes very thick and difficult to pump upon start-up. Preheat the engine oil using an oil pan heater for an easier start-up.