Heavy equipment and cold weather

Heavy equipment and cold weather

Let it snow! Wait, not yet, we need to get our heavy equipment ready and stored in the right place first! Taking care of your heavy machinery in the winter months is important to prolonging its lifespan and ensuring it keeps working in pristine condition. Winter will be here before you know it, so it’s about time to begin preparing.

The cold is tough on your secondhand heavy machinery. However, there are a few steps you can take to be proactive about your machines. Lyon Auction knows that heavy equipment is an investment, and we don’t want our customers to have any issues with their machinery. These cold weather tips will save you time and money!

Fuel tips

Machines that require diesel fuel do need it to be warmer to start up correctly. The viscosity of fuel begins to change when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, and you want to do what you can to prevent gelling. Here are some things you can do:

  • Purchase fuel from truck stops versus retail gas stations. The product is of higher quality.

  • Store your heavy equipment indoors when it’s not in use.

  • Invest in engine block heaters which allow your machines to be plugged into a consistent heat source when not in use.

  • Use engine blankets when transporting your equipment between job sites to protect your machines from outside elements.

  • Put an anti-gel additive in your fuel and run it long enough to get in the hoses and filters.

  • Keep your fuel filters in a warm place.

  • Switch your oil to 5W-40 or a 0W-40 synthetic in the colder months; these work well in temperatures as low as -20 degrees.

Battery care

Your battery also becomes susceptible to damage when it gets colder. Complete all the proper maintenance and do routine inspections to reduce downtime and unnecessary service. Make sure your terminals are free of corrosion and use Dielectric grease to maintain all connections. Use your battery as little as possible. It is necessary to keep the machine running, but CB radios and lights can drain it faster. Know that your battery will freeze when left out in the cold; use battery blankets if you cannot store the machine inside. 

Operating them in the cold

If you have to use your heavy machinery for a job, know the best practice for operating in the cold. Taking preventative measures will ensure your equipment stays running. You will have to also take safety into consideration, as traction and tire pressure will be different in colder months. It’s also important for your employees operating the machine to take extra measures to stay warm while working in cold weather.

In-between tasks, give your machine plenty of time to rest. Your employees can rest and warm up during this time, as well. Allow your machines plenty of time to warm up before putting them to work. Pay attention to your tires when moving. Perform thorough inspections after the day and fill up the fuel tank. These tips will help you and your machines stay productive this winter.

We have the secondhand heavy machinery you need this winter

If you’re looking for secondhand heavy machinery this winter, consider attending one of our auctions. Once you have the equipment you need, be sure you know how to care for it in the colder months. Working in the winter has its challenges, but being aware of the different conditions, understanding your machine’s data and taking safety precautions will help. Contact us today to find the machinery you need this winter!


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