Though there will hopefully be a couple more major events before winter comes to a close, we’re certainly on the back end of the season. But even when the snow turns to rain, it’s not quite time to take your mind off winter maintenance equipment. Instead, it’s time for postseason maintenance and storage.
Of course, every piece of equipment needs at least some attention to avoid rust and other issues, but let’s focus on a few tips for the machine that’s most subjected to corrosive materials - the spreader.
Wash It Down
This step is simple, but extremely important for reducing rust and corrosion – especially with hoppers constructed of metal. Simply prop the spreader on its side and hose it out, allowing the water to naturally flow from the hopper and carry with it any dust, dirt and deicing material.
Touch It Up
Take the time now to touch up any exposed metal with paint. This will help prevent rust and corrosion from forming down the road.
Use Some Grease
Any bearings, chains, conveyors, rollers and augers should be lubricated with a high quality multi-purpose grease or oil. A healthy coat of dielectric grease should be applied to any electrical connections to prevent corrosion and ensure easy reconnection.
Increase the Tension
If the spreader has no belts or chains, skip this step. Otherwise, it’s time to check and adjust the tension one last time on all belts, chains and conveyors. Furthermore, before adjusting conveyor or belt tension, make sure there are no deicing materials or sand trapped or frozen underneath.
Check the Engine
Just like any other gas-powered equipment, some spreaders have engines that require routine maintenance. And if the spreader also has an independent hydraulic system, change the hydraulic fluid, and check the hoses and fittings.
Put It to Bed
Finally, it’s time to put the spreader in storage, so find a location that’s dry and protected from the elements. To save room, tip the spreader against a wall and secure it with straps or bungee cords.
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