Part of the WeatherBuild Equipment Risk Management Series

As the season starts to transition over to spring and the weather begins to warm above freezing, here are 20 pre-season preparation points and maintenance tips for general contractors, fleet managers, and equipment operators to optimize productivity and minimize downtime.

WeatherBuild offers weather risk analytics, predictive event-impact scenarios, and prescriptive resource recommendations for heavy equipment and best practices such as season-to-season transitions.

Start by creating a season-to-season transition plan for each machine type.

  1. Move each machine to a warm bay or dry place.
  2. Examine all hoses and attachments.
  3. Perform thorough cleaning and inspection.
  4. Check for signs of wear and damage.
  5. Inspect for leaks and other signs of problems.
  6. Service each grease point as recommended.
  7. Inspect tires, rims, tracks, and components.
  8. Inflate tires to recommended pressures.
  9. Check that each battery retains a charge.
  10. Confirm all battery connections.
  11. Ensure fluid quality and related system integrity.
  12. Verify the performance of filters and pumps.
  13. Check cooling system operation.
  14. Top off coolant at the proper concentration.
  15. Use Organic Acid Technology coolant for Tier 4.
  16. Do not mix OAT and non-OAT such as XHD.
  17. Check fittings and hoses for freeze-thaw damage.
  18. Clean and grease attachment fit-up points.
  19. Inspect off-season attachments upon removal.
  20. Store off-season attachments in a dry location.

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