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How do you store your equipment?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by UNCLETONY, Feb 13, 2010.


    UNCLETONY Junior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 19


    My first post so take it easy on me. I have been reading this forum for about a year picking up pointers. Just wanted to see how everyone stores there equipment (on site). I don't store any trucks on any site just heavy equipment. This is my checklist.

    1. Park everything by LIGHTS (camera's preferable)
    -Thieves and vandals are scared of wattage
    -Kids and bandits play in the dark
    -Easier to fuel up at 3:00 AM
    -Easier to repair machines at 3:15 AM
    -Easier to pull filters that gel at 3:30 AM

    2. Park near ELECTRIC (not always an option)
    -Keep your oil warm
    -Easier to start
    -Less time warming machines up

    3. Keep machines at least half full on FUEL
    -Never know if truck with transfer tank will make it out
    -Never know if truck with transfer tank forgot to fill transfer tank
    -More fuel in tractors with plastic tanks keeps condensation down

    4. Park out of WIND or the direction of the WIND
    -Wind burns and you might be working/fueling machines or pissing
    -Wind blowing into your machine's engine compartment increases chance of gelling

    5. Duck tape up your LOCKS
    -Don't have to de-ice locks
    -Don't have to run to Walmart to buy more de-icer
    -Don't have to use up your butane heating a key
    -You can see if someone took it off

    6. PARK smart
    -Park big machines in front of skids (thieves are scared to move a big loader)
    -Thieves can't winch up a skid if it has a backhoe resting behind it
    -Stay clear of parking near any place kids hang out
    -Stay clear of parking near any place old Cadillacs congregate

    6. CHECK on the equipment
    -Don't want to show to plow and have something missing
    -Easier to fuel up when a warm spell hits
    -Easier to grease when a warm spell hits
    -Don't want to show up and with a tire going flat

    Let me know what else you guys do, or if you have any other suggestions.
  2. V-Boss

    V-Boss Member
    Messages: 30

    1. Park my truck in the garage.
    2. Make sure garage door goes down.

    That's about it for me :D
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    You're pretty thorough, I like some of the logic. The duct tape on locks is the best idea.
  4. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    We keep our stuff at a condo complex which is in the center of our route. Everything is parked near the office and its a nice quiet secure place
  5. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I prefer gaft tape, (very expeanve) about 15$ for a 2" Wide role. But yea lights and camera work good. Thos sensor lights are realy good.
  6. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Anytime you park your equipment off home base your taking a chance with theives/vandals. Your ideas are good though.
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We've been using our home made compunds since 85. They seem to work very well at keepin the unwanted out.

    june 25 05 002.jpg
  8. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    maintenance needs to pick some trash up or is that snow
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    That's great Dave, Parked right by the no overnight, heavy trucks sign. That's just beligerent... I like it.xysport

    I store my equipment low and to the left.
  10. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I was about to say the exact same thing! :D
  11. triadpm

    triadpm Member
    from 21771
    Messages: 48

    Lucked out this year, everything is at an FBI office and local police parking lot is there which gets patrolled very frequently

    UNCLETONY Junior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 19

    AJ, I can understand how gaffer tape would be better for anything with plastic locks like Bobcats. I still prefer duct tape cause its cheap and I always have a roll in a truck. JD that is a terrific idea about the homemade fencing. I am also jealous of your rigs, I had to get rid of my 5425 cause I wasn't getting paid hourly enough for it. That is a real nice setup you have there.
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    How about taking the one wire off the starter?
  14. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,988

    Or a hidden starter kill switch in the truck.
  15. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    Same for me
  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I keep as much as possible indoors, but there is just too much. Trust me a 28x48' building is just too damn small!
  17. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Hell my 45x60 seams to small.
  18. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    We don't even lock the doors. Not a problem yet. Knock on wood.
  19. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I put my plow, tractor, and ATV in the garage. I leave my truck out side.
  20. gamberbull13

    gamberbull13 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Hidden kill switches are great. You gotta always remember you not the only one out there cool enough to have a master key.