There is still a good amount of winter left this year, how are you keeping warm? Working outside during this time of year poses its challenges, especially if you work with heavy machinery. It’s okay if you do not, we are here to give you winter tips for the remainder of the season!
This means to make sure all your heavy equipment is properly prepared for the snow. The first thing you should do is an inspection. If you find any cracks, leaks or flaws, you might need maintenance on your machine right away. Always inspect certain parts before and after every run-in with the cold weather.
Parts that should be inspected: each light, windshield wipers, fluid levels, heater, glass, mirrors and brakes. Another tip is you should lubricate the engine and grease any joints. It’s very important for your safety to winterize your heavy equipment.
Use winter fuel grade: Most equipment is filled with specific diesel fuel that can harden if it gets too cold outside.
Use the correct engine oil for the winter: Oil flows smoothly in warm temperatures, so be sure to fill your engine with oil that can withstand the cold winter weather.
Make sure that the battery is kept at room temperature: Did you know that for the best performance your battery should be 80 degrees!
Traction on tires: you want to make sure that your traction is good so you can avoid any risks while on the job.
Stay visible: Winter comes with dark and foggy skies and white-outs at any second. Make yourself be seen by wearing drivers gloves, bright vest or anything that will make you stand out among the fog.
Stay warm: Wear layers and appropriate winter gear.
When you are operating heavy machinery in the winter it only adds more risk to your safety. One thing that often slips people’s minds is touching frozen metal surfaces with no glove or protection. If you are entering or leaving your cab, be sure that you put gloves on first! If you forget and touch the metal it can cause a painful injury to your skin.
Another thing you should remember is to be cautious. The roads are slick which makes basic driving maneuvers more challenging. Be wary about any bridges or ramps, if it is higher they are the first to freeze.
You have decided that this winter you are in need of new equipment, but you do not know where to shop! Look at machinery auctions for the best quality and prices. Before you attend your first auction, you should research what you want, you want to find out what it is worth and if there is anything you should know that can be detrimental to how it will perform in the future. Machinery auctions have a large variety of heavy materials so research will make finding what you want easier.
At Lyon Auction our promise is to make your process head-ache free, we work with both buyers and sellers at machinery auctions. All of our equipment is located in one location, contact us today for more information!