June 19, 2012
In Takeuchi’s quarterly newsletter for this Summer, the company’s National Warranty Manager Gary Bryan offers some helpful steps to take before it comes time to turn the ignition key after a piece of equipment’s winter slumber.
“The bottom line is this: well-maintained equipment will operate more smoothly and efficiently on site, will break down much less, and the cost of ownership will be reduced by minimizing costly repairs,” says Bryan.
And while Byran’s note is a good reminder of how to remove items from storage, it’s actually a good reminder of how to place equipment into storage as well. Here’s a rundown of his tips.
Now you’re ready to turn the ignition. After you do, be sure to let it warm up for 15 minutes before slowly engaging all hydraulic and drive functions and checking for leaks. Then, give the brakes a test, ensure all safety equipment is on board, and you’re good to go.