Any major piece of heavy equipment should be properly stored when not in use, from wheel loaders to dozers, telehandlers, and mining equipment. This holds true for Ag equipment, too. When you are not using your tiller, harvester, or your tractor, they should be properly stored to help ensure they are ready when you need them.
Wagner Equipment Co is a Caterpillar dealer with locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. We’ve been offering the best new, used, and rental heavy equipment since 1976. We are a full-service Cat dealer, offering Cat parts, service on equipment, technology solutions and applications, and power systems. With a focus on the customer, we have what you need. Below, we’ll go over some tips on how to store your Ag equipment when not in use or for the winter season. Contact one of our Cat dealers to get started today!
HOW TO STORE AG EQUIPMENT
Step 1: Inspect Your Ag Equipment
You’ll begin the Ag equipment storage process by visually inspecting all of your equipment. For many, that means giving your equipment a bath first. This not only makes your equipment look nice, but it ensures dirt doesn’t get into crucial components, such as your engine. You’ll want to look for any dents, bumps, or scratches, as well as any obvious part out of place or misaligned. This is an easy way to get a good sense of how your Ag equipment is holding up.
Step 2: Repair Your Ag Equipment
Once you’ve visually inspected your Ag equipment and made note of obvious repairs, you’ll want to get to work. You’ll repair any damage done to the body, and then you’ll move to the engine, undercarriage, wheels, and more to inspect and repair any word or broken part. If you have an extensive repair, now is a good time to get those done since your use of the machine is done for the time being. This is a great habit to get into before you store your Ag equipment for the winter as well.
Step 3: Perform Maintenance on Your Ag Equipment
All Ag equipment requires regular maintenance in order to run properly. There are many maintenance items you should perform before you store your Ag equipment. This will ensure that when you are ready to use your equipment again, it’s ready. Some of these maintenance items include:
- Changing the oil
- Cleaning and/or replacing oil filters
- Inflating your tires
- Topping off fuel and fluids
- Lubricating the bearings and joints
- Checking the coolant level and its condition
Step 4: Clean Your Ag Equipment
Although you already washed your Ag equipment in step one, you’ll want to ensure all of the dirt is off before you store it, especially in the hard-to-reach places. This ensures that no rust forms during storage. You may need to get out your pressure washer to remove all of the built-up dirt, ensuring you avoid any seals or electrical parts. If you notice paint missing, now is the time to touch that up as well to protect from rust. As a bonus, you may want to apply a protective wax afterward to ward off corrosion as well.
Step 5: Store Your Ag Equipment
When you are finished, ideally, you’ll want to store your Ag equipment inside, such as in your barn or shop. This keeps the elements and dirt off and ensures your Ag equipment stays in tip-top shape. If you don’t have an indoor enclosure for storage, consider investing in a tarp or other covered structure. In sum, you want to store your Ag equipment in such a manner that when you use it again, you can simply turn on the engine and go.
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While this seems like a lot of work to get your Ag equipment ready for storage, this work will save you hours down the road in maintenance and in broken down equipment when you need it the most. You’ll want to follow this process for all of your Ag equipment and other heavy machinery as well. You’ll want to inspect, repair, maintain, and clean every time before you store. This is a perpetual process that can be used when your heavy machinery is in use, too. This way, you’ll know exactly the health of your machinery for planning purposes.
Wagner Equipment Co offers many ways to help you monitor the health of your heavy equipment, too. Fluids analysis is a process that analyzes the fluids of your Cat equipment, such as your engine oil, hydraulics, transmission, final drive, and cooling systems, to understand how the internal components of your equipment are doing. Fluids analysis helps to detect small problems before they become bigger problems down the road.
Wagner Equipment Co has been a leader in Caterpillar equipment in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas since 1976. Our top-rated customer service takes care of your needs, including helping you with maintenance of your machines. We have over 230 field service technicians who are factory-trained that can come out to your location and get your equipment back up and running again. We offer 24-hour emergency services. Plus, you can get Genuine Cat parts at any of our locations or online, or take advantage of our Wagner Parts Exchange Program. Having Cat parts on-hand can save you time, effort, money, and hassle down the road.
If you are interested in partnering with us, stop by one of our Cat dealers today!