Cold Weather Checklist


Know what to look for before operating in the cold or storing for the season


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Check starting devices?


Make sure cold weather starting devices and block heaters are operating properly.


Warm up the machine before using?


Let the machine idle before working so that the engine can warm up to operating temperature. This also improves steering response on equipment with hydraulic steering.


Use the best fuel?

Use high quality winter diesel fuel. Make sure that the fuel conditioner matches the type of fuel being used (e.g., low sulfur) and fits the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Stock up on filters?


Always keep a spare fuel filter in the cab in case of emergency. Follow installation instructions in your operator’s manual.


Check for ice build up?


Clear ice or snow build up from throttle, break area, exhaust, or intake if applicable.


Mount and dismount safely?


Slips and falls are a common cause of injury, especially when working in snowy or icy conditions. When mounting and dismounting your equipment, use three points of contact. Wear your seat belt when operating and stay alert at all times.


Tips for machines in storage


  • Start the machine once a month.
  • Avoid starting the machine in temperatures below freezing.
  • Test hydraulics by operating for a brief time.
  • Do not break crawler machines from a frozen state; this can result in powertrain damage.
  • Test batteries periodically; if the machine needs to restarted with an assist device or jumper cables, use proper procedures.






Service Tips

Here are some tips to keep your equipment running effective and efficiently