5 Heavy Equipment Storage Tips

Your heavy equipment is an investment that requires special care on and off the field. By following best practices during construction equipment storage, you can increase your machinery's uptime and lifespan. Keep these five tips for heavy equipment storage in mind the next time you need to stow your machines.

1. Follow the Manufacturer's Storage Recommendations for Every Machine

When you need equipment-specific storage advice, go to the source. Your machine's manufacturer may have model-specific storage instructions to maintain equipment condition. Consult these sources to see if you can find any guidelines:

  • Operator's manual: In addition to instructions on care and maintenance, your model's operator's manual may also include information about proper storage.
  • Manufacturer's website: Search the manufacturer's website for documents and blog posts mentioning best practices for storage.
  • Customer support: Contact your manufacturer's customer support department to learn if they can share any additional resources.

2. Restore to Top Condition for Long-Term Storage

If you plan to store your equipment for several months, thoroughly inspect and maintain it beforehand. Take these steps to get your machine ready for storage:

  • Top off fuel and hydraulic fluids to avoid condensation in tanks
  • Address minor damage like chips to prevent them from worsening during storage
  • Slightly over-inflate tires to avoid flattening over time
  • Clean dirt and debris to prevent any long-term damage
  • Tighten nuts and screws to keep parts in place

3. Keep Performing Regular Maintenance and Inspections

As your equipment stays in storage, keep inspecting and maintaining it according to your operator's manual. Proper care of your stored equipment will ensure it's ready to work at a moment's notice and prevent damage due to neglect. Remember to start your machines weekly as part of your regular maintenance to lubricate the engine and maintain battery power.

4. Use Indoor Storage With Ground Protection

Whenever possible, store your equipment indoors with proper ground protection. Heavy equipment requires a clean, solid base for optimal storage. Protective covers like cribbing and crane mats can protect machinery from dirt and moisture that leaves them prone to rust. By keeping machinery indoors, you can protect it from the elements to keep it in optimal condition. However, even if you can't manage to store your equipment inside, it's still wise to place some ground covers to provide defense from moisture and dirt.

5. Minimize Storage Whenever Possible

One of the best ways to optimize your storage is to avoid storing equipment in the first place. Most fleets will require storage to some degree, but a machine that stays in storage more often than on the field could lose you money. Consider selling equipment that you don't use frequently and renting a similar model as needed.

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