Protect Your Equipment from the Cold; Winterize Your Excavator

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Winter is upon us, yet construction work continues. Your crew will be properly dressed, but what about your excavator and other equipment? Construction tools require just as much protection from weather as people. You need to winterize your excavator to maintain its reliability during winter operations.

Why Excavator Winterization Is Necessary

An extreme drop in the thermometer can take a toll on construction equipment just as much as excessive heat and humidity. What kind of damage can occur from extreme cold? Even if it rains and snows, the overall humidity is really low. This can dry out sensitive parts, such as seals, hydraulics, and electrical lines. Furthermore, condensation can develop in the fuel lines. While a small amount of condensation is normal, too much can reduce excavator performance.

How to Winterize Your Excavator

If possible, park the excavator in a fully enclosed area when not in use. The same goes for all attachments, such as breakers and hoe packs. If you park outdoors for prolonged periods, the tracks risk freezing to the ground. Tires on other vehicles can also develop flat spots. 

You will also need to lubricate more often. Preferably, use lubricant with a low viscosity rating for maximum pliability. Oiling is your first line of defense against the effects of cold weather storage.

Much like a car battery, excavator batteries are also prone to malfunction during winter. Some people reduce battery damage by disconnecting the terminals before storing the excavator away for the day. However, we suggest using a trickle charger instead.

Protect Your Equipment This Winter

We protect the excavators in our inventory. However, once a vehicle is in your possession, it's your duty to take care of it. Contact Active Excavator Rentals to learn about us and our current inventory. Winterizing your Excavator is a necessity when the mercury drops.

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