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Fall 2013

Tips for prepping your machine for winter


Be prepared for the winter season

Be prepared for the winter season

If your Bobcatģ loaders have been working hard in spring, summer and fall, now is the time to prepare for the upcoming snow removal season. You never know when the next big snow storm will hit. Be prepared to push, blow or load snow by following these 10 tips.

  1. Inspect the battery and terminals and replace, if necessary. The cost of a new battery can be minor compared to lost time and the frustration that a dead or weak battery can cause.
  2. Use proper engine oil, engine coolant, hydraulic oil and fuel for cold weather operation. Refer to the operatorís manual* for instructions.
  3. Check filters and change as needed, especially hydraulic oil filters and the fuel filter.
  4. Examine the engine air system to look for leaks and damaged components.
  5. Clean debris from the engine cooling system grill, oil cooler and radiator.
  6. Lubricate grease points with multi-purpose, lithium-based grease. Use low-temperature grease in severely cold temperatures.
  7. Perform a visual check of attachment components such as hoses, cylinders and guards, cutting blades and edges. Check fluid levels for attachments, if needed.
  8. Properly inflate tires. Low tire pressure may lower lift and reduce the traction needed for maximum push capabilities. Inflate to maximum pressure shown on sidewall of tire.
  9. Look over seat belt, seat bar and control interlocks, and remove dirt and debris as needed.
  10. Review the overall machine for loose or broken parts, damaged operator cab, loose wheel lug nuts and damaged or missing safety decals.

Donít wait

Get an early start on preparing your Bobcat equipment for snow removal. Depending on your location, you may want to start as soon as the first leaves hit the ground. Lastly, donít forget to use genuine Bobcat replacement parts to maximize the life of your Bobcat compact equipment.

*Bobcat compact equipment owners should refer to their Operation and Maintenance Manual for oil and hydraulic fluid recommendations. Read the service checklist and schedule for a complete list of maintenance items.