For much of the country, winter means cold temperatures and the possibility of snowy, icy conditions, whether intermittently or regularly. Winter weather doesn't stop your company from using the heavy equipment you acquire through a financial loan or lease from Cat Financial, but it can have a major impact on how your machinery operates.
Keep these maintenance tips for winterizing your heavy equipment in mind as colder weather begins to settle in:
在全国大部分地区，冬季则意味着间歇性或经常性的低温或冰雪天气。您的公司仍然可以在冬季使用通过金融贷款或 Cat 融资租赁获得的重型设备，不过寒冷天气可能会对机器运作产生重大影响。
An excavator, backhoe loader paver or any other type of heavy equipment can be in perfect working order but never function if it doesn't have a battery that's ready to supply vital power. You should always take extra care of your batteries to make startup easier and reduce stress on the engine as the vehicle turns on. One of the simplest ways to protect battery life and get the equipment it powers to work quickly is by storing these cells in a warm, dry environment.
While stored, maintain their useful life by recharging them when they drop below 75 percent capacity and cleaning them to remove rust, moisture and dirt. If you plan to keep batteries out of use for an extended time, unplug them from their ground wires and check in on them once a month. These simple steps will help them last longer and provide a more reliable source of energy.
Most heavy equipment runs on No. 2 diesel fuel during the warmer months of the year. Because this type of fuel can solidify, it's not recommended for use in the colder months. A simple switch to No. 1 diesel fuel will help hold off the ice that can form when No. 2 fuel remains in the tank and lines.
Cat Financial helps businesses like yours get the equipment they need with loans and leases that offer a variety of attractive options, no matter the time of year or weather you work in. To learn more, get in touch with us today.