Maybe you’re taking a break this winter, or maybe you’re slammed with projects. Either way, you should take additional measures to ensure your tools and equipment are safe this snowy season.
To make this a bit easier, we’ve put together five quick tips in the video below. Take a look, and don’t forget to share this with your colleagues!
5 Tips for Keeping Tools and Equipment Safe in the Winter
Cover metal bars and handles with thermal handles and insulation
Make sure metal handles can be gripped safely with or without gloves. Gripping uninsulated metal with bare hands can cause frostbite.
2. Use the right oil and coolant for the season
Use a low viscosity engine/hydraulic oil and a 70/30 ratio of coolant/water. For DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid), ensure you can heat/thaw frozen fluid
3. Check heavy equipment batteries and store them properly
The electrolyte should be at the right level. Battery terminals should be dust-free. When not in use, remove batteries and store indoors. Never charge frozen batteries.
4. Keep every fuel tank full
When condensation freezes, fuel lines burst. Use a treatment for diesel tanks that thaws frozen filters, removes moisture, and keeps fuel liquified.
5. Check tires for proper air pressure
Colder temperatures reduce air pressure. Check for wear marks to ensure pressure is maintained. Use track-mounted equipment over tire-mounted.