Preparing Equipment for the Season Checklist

As winter thankful comes to a close and springtime approaches, it's time to prepare your construction equipment and tractors for the upcoming work season. After being stored all winter, your equipment may need attention to ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. Properly transitioning and preparing equipment for the season provides longer life and fewer costly repairs. Here are some tips on how to prepare your construction equipment for the year after it's been stored all winter:

1. Inspect the equipment thoroughly: Before you start using any piece of equipment, give it a thorough inspection. Check the engine, transmission, brakes, and other components to ensure everything works well. Using a flashlight to look for leaks, rust or breakage will help you identify problems before they impact your work schedule

2. Change the oil and filters: If you did not change the oil and filters before storing the equipment, now is a good time to do so. Old oil can thicken and lose its lubricating properties over the cold winter months. Lack of clean, fresh oil can cause damage to the engine.

3. Check the fuel system: Make sure the fuel system is clean and free of debris. If the fuel has been sitting in the tank all winter, it may have gone bad. Drain the old fuel and replace it with fresh fuel.

4. Check the batteries: Batteries can lose their charge over time, especially if the equipment is not used regularly. Check the batteries and make sure they're fully charged. Replace any batteries that are old or not holding a charge.

5. Inspect the tires: Check the tires for any signs of wear or damage. Ensure tires are inflated to the correct pressure and the lugnuts have been tightened to specification.

6. Lubricate moving parts: Lubricate all moving parts, such as hinges and joints, to ensure they work correctly. Lubricating all points recommended by the equipment manufacturer will also reduce downtime later in the summer and fall.

7. Test the equipment: Once you've inspected and serviced it, test it to ensure everything works correctly. Start the engine and let it run for a while to ensure it's running smoothly. Move equipment back and forth in an open area to test breaks and other components. It is also a good time to check all lights and turn signals.

By following these tips, you can ensure your construction equipment is ready for the upcoming season. Proper maintenance and preparation can help extend the life of your equipment and prevent costly repairs down the line. If your equipment no longer meets your needs or it is time to upgrade, consider calling Jeff Martin Auctioneers. We would happily help you achieve market prices for your used equipment. We also invite you to attend an upcoming auction if you are looking to purchase equipment. Visit or call 844-450-6200 to be added to our mail, text, or email lists.