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Skid steer winter prep

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by BC Handyman, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I got this 9 tips to get your skid steer ready for winter email from one of my local JD dealers, thought it could be a good checklist for some, feel free to add what you do to get your skid ready for winter.


    1.Get it right. Refer to your operator's manual and select proper engine oil, engine coolant, hydraulic oil, and fuel for cold-weather operation.
    2.Battery of tests. The cost of a new battery is minor compared to the downtime created by a weak one. Inspect the battery and terminals, and replace them if necessary.
    3.Check, please. Check the hydraulic and fuel filters and replace as necessary.
    4.Keep it clean. Remove debris from the radiator, hydraulic oil cooler, and HVAC condenser.
    5.Don't cease to grease. Lubricate points with a lithium-based lubricant. Use low-temperature grease in severely cold temperatures.
    6.Keep up with inflation: Inflate tires to the recommended pressure listed in your operator's manual. Low tire pressure may decrease stability and lifting performance, reducing the traction needed for maximum push capabilities.
    7.Play it safe. Inspect all safety equipment, including seat belt, lap bar, and machine triple-interlocking brake system to ensure they're functioning properly.
    8.Tie up loose ends. Look over the machine for loose or broken parts, damaged cab components, loose wheel lug nuts, and damaged or missing safety decals.
    9.Get a visual. Perform a visual check of the snow attachment's hoses, cylinders, cutting blades, and edges.

    Happy plowing All!