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Winter Tips

October 29, 2019

Why You Should Winterize Your Equipment

Although we’re not quite finished with fall yet, it’s essential to be prepared for the reality of the really cold months ahead of us. When it comes to maintaining and putting your farming and landscaping equipment away for the winter, it’s imperative that you know how and why you should do so properly.

After all, “out of sight, out of mind” is only appropriate if you give your equipment the care it needs before putting it out of sight. Here’s why you should take the time to winterize your equipment!

It prevents rusting.

Failing to free your equipment of any soil, clippings, moisture, or any other foreign material that may be present can ultimately result in rust and/or corrosion of your equipment’s surfaces, putting both its appearance and performance at risk.

If you’re trying to decide the best ways to winterize your equipment, cleaning is a great place to start for pretty much all of it!

It ensures efficient engine performance.

Fill the gas tank, stabilize the fuel, and change the oil before storing your high-dollar equipment away for the bitter cold winter. Filling the tank prevents condensation while stabilizing the fuel prevents the accumulation of moisture and deterioration of parts in the fuel system.

Changing the oil before the winter season is also a great preventative measure that ensures overall engine condition and performance.

It protects battery power.

Periodically checking on and charging equipment batteries throughout the winter months prevents batteries from failing in the spring. Check your cables, check for leaks, and start your equipment up every now and then.

Following these easy steps will ensure that your equipment starts right back up when you need it to next year!

It ensures the longevity of your most valuable equipment.

You worked hard for your equipment and, therefore, should take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is adequately maintained and effectively equipped for the elements. Set aside some time, follow the necessary winterizing steps, and properly store your equipment when it is not in use. This will keep it clean and safe from any hazards that may be present, whether they come from outside or from the items with which the equipment is stored.

When you winterize your equipment, only then can you ensure that your equipment lasts as long as it’s intended and operates as it is meant to operate. For help with any service on equipment, or for help winterizing it, click below to schedule your service with Hurst Farm Supply.

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