Why proper equipment storage is important

Why proper equipment storage is important

When you aren’t using your heavy machinery, it’s necessary to store it properly rather than allow it to sit out in the open. You don’t want your large construction equipment to succumb to any damage due to weather conditions. When the outdoors get too hot or cold, your machine can suffer. 

When the temperatures rise and humidity percentages increase in the hotter months, dust can weasel its way into your machine and clog it. When the temperatures drop in the winter months, not only will it take your machine a while to get warm enough to use, but the cold creates condensation which can be detrimental to your fuel tank.

We’ll show you why it’s important to store your equipment properly, how to prepare your machine for storage, and give you some tips on what to look for when it comes to the location.

Importance of storing large construction equipment

Since you’ve already invested in your equipment, you’ll want to ensure it lasts as long as it should. Storing your equipment properly is sure to prolong its life. Whether it’s short or long-term storage, you’ll need to make sure it is in good condition before storing it. Here are some things to do before storing your equipment:

  • Clean the machine. Since you use your machine in areas with dirt and mud, getting the grime off before storage will keep your piece of equipment in great condition.

  • Put air in the tires. You’ll want to fill the tires a little more than the recommended psi so that your tires don’t go flat over the duration of time it’s in storage.

  • Consider the fuel. If it’s a colder season, winterize the machine. If you’re storing the machine for less than 3 months, it’s okay to leave fuel in the machine to prevent condensation. However, if you plan on storing the machine continuously, drain the fuel as it will evaporate and can clog up certain functions.

  • Consult the user manual. Oftentimes, the manual will have helpful tips on what exactly you’ll need to do.

A proper inspection will let you know if your large construction equipment needs any repairs before it goes into storage. Although you likely do routine checkups every time you put the machine away at the end of the day, it’s good to prepare for the long term.

What to look for in a storage location

Storing your machine in a secure location, whether it be your commercial garage or a storage unit can be safer than keeping it at your home or worksite. You will want to consider security so you can have peace of mind knowing your equipment is safely locked away and ready for you to use when you need it again. Heavy machinery also takes up quite a bit of space, so you’ll need an area large enough for it to fit properly.

By storing your machine inside, you can keep it safe from rust or any other types of corrosion. When stored in an enclosed area, you save money on maintenance and repairs. There is always the option to sellor auction your equipment off if you don’t foresee a future using it.

Minimize storage if you can, but do it when you need to. Lyon Auction is here to help you get the most out of your investment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


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