Storing Your Farm Equipment for the Winter
Many pieces of farm and agricultural equipment are designed for seasonal use. This means properly storing your farm equipment is essential for preserving the equipment for the long-term. That's why it's right to choose the right storage unit.
A high-quality storage building can offer great protection. You may find that a portable building kit is perfect for storing your farm equipment during the winter months.
Multi-purpose utility sheds are durable and long-lasting. Portable building weather kits can act as a utility shed to protect equipment from the elements.
There many shelter options available. You can choose a smaller portable storage unit to store and protect gardening. At the other end of the spectrum are industrial storage buildings that can be used to store farm equipment, tractors and heavy machinery.
Some farm and agricultural equipment will need to be "winterized" before they are stored for the winter. Here are some tips on preparing your equipment for storage:
- Change the lubricantin the engine and fluid in the transmission before storing any tractors for the winter. Fresh engine lubricant will provide protection against rust and corrosion. Fresh transmission fluid will reduce or eliminate harmful moisture that can accumulate during long periods of storage.
- Check important mechanical components. These are things like tires, bearings, belts, hoses and coolants. If something needs to be serviced or replaced, you may want to do it before you put the equipment in storage for several months.
- Remove batteries and store them in dry locations.
- Drain fuel and diesel exhaust fuel tanks.
- Some equipment may need to be greased before being stored for winter. This should be done before temperatures reach the freezing level.
- Check to see if filters need to be changed.
- Check the owner's manual for any equipment that is going to be stored. The manual may have winterizing tips and/or a checklist for preparing the equipment for winter storage.
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