As fall winds down and winter approaches, you’ll want to take steps to make sure your machines are ready for lower temps and harsh conditions. One action that we recommend taking for crane owners and operators: Winterizing your crane for the colder months. Here’s a checklist of helpful winterization steps you can take to ensure your crane is well positioned for wintertime.
1. Start with a visual inspection
Look for ways in which your crane could be impacted by cold weather, and take corrective action. When inspecting your crane for winter, look for areas where snow or ice could potentially build up, and be sure to remove any excess water that might be on or around the crane. Look for and close any open valves, and add valves and seals that are cold-weather specialized.
This inspection is also a good time to double-check that your crane meets all safety ratings, and handle any issues that may arise.
2. Prevent fluid freezing, both in and out of the crane
Cold temperatures can negatively impact the fluids that make your crane run. One easy step- Keep your fuel tank as full as possible to avoid water entering the tank and freezing.
Your machine’s oil is also at risk from the cold, which can then affect its operation. You may need to run your machine a little longer to warm your crane’s oil up, or consider adding a specialty oil that’s designed for colder temperatures. Triad’s Crane Service department can answer any questions you may have about oil and cold temperatures.
Lastly, always ensure that oil and fluid reserves are stored at the correct temperature, to prevent any potential freezing or degrading.
3. Make Necessary Replacements
Some parts of your crane are likely due for replacement by the time winter rolls around. Parts that should be replaced during crane winterization include wiper blades, fuel filters and fuel/water separators.
4. Take Care of Your Crane’s Most Important Asset- The Operator
Make sure your people are prepared for winter, as well! Adding, updating or replacing heaters within the cab of a crane can help operators function more efficiently and comfortably. It’s also crucial to review operator safety in winter months, with an emphasis on snow and ice: Winter temperatures can bring a number of new hazards that your operators need to be prepared for.
5. When in doubt- Schedule a service appointment
Team Triad is always available to assist with your crane winterization needs. Our skilled team, spread across six PNW branches, has the skills and insight to prep your machine for the winter months. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.