30 Apr How to Keep Heavy Equipment Cool in The Summer
Hot weather is on its way for most of the country. In Louisiana, we knew this to be especially true. It is not uncommon for Louisianians to see temperatures rise as high as the 90s during the day. Unfortunately, for those of us who work on heavy equipment during the day, this presents a sweltering challenge. Heavy equipment that gets too hot can end up overheating and developing engine problems. Keeping your heavy equipment cool during the summer will allow your machines to run efficiently and let you get your job done faster.
One method to keep your equipment cool is to operate it during times of the day that are usually cooler. This tends to be the early morning and evening. Peak hours for sunlight during the summer are 10 AM – 3 PM. While the sun is up, the temperatures are higher. As an added bonus, operating your equipment at times with less sunlight is healthy for your workers! Workers are less likely to be exposed to the sun’s damaging rays.
You should always be sure to store your equipment out of direct sunlight. This rule can be observed year-round. Direct sunlight is damaging to your equipment. This results in the machine prematurely breaking down. The ideal way to protect your heavy equipment from the sun would be to store it in a storage room or shed. Otherwise, a tarp works perfectly fine.
Be sure to perform daily inspections to prevent any damage that has already occurred from becoming more critical. The most important thing to check for is hydraulic fluid and coolant. Every day, it is important to ensure they are topped off and effective for higher temperatures.
These procedures can ensure that your equipment runs smoothly all summer long. Remember that you can always trust Marsh Buggies to be reliable no matter what time of year!