1. Check hydraulic oil: The first step in preparing hydraulic equipment for winter is to check the hydraulic oil. Cold temperatures can affect the viscosity of the oil, which can lead to a decrease in the efficiency of the hydraulic system. It is recommended to check the viscosity of the oil and, if necessary, replace it with oil suitable for cold weather operation. It is also important to check the oil level and add more if needed. Our recommendation is to replace the hydraulic oil every three year regardless the time of usage.
2. Protect hydraulic hoses: Cold temperatures can cause hydraulic hoses to crack, so it is important to take measures to protect them. One method is to insulate the hoses using insulation tape or thermal wraps. This will help maintain heat within the hoses and reduce the risk of cracking.
3. Inspect seals and connections: Cold temperatures can damage seals and connections in hydraulic equipment. Therefore, it is important to check the condition of seals and connections and replace any damaged parts if necessary. It is also advisable to check for leaks in the connections and repair them before they become major issues.
4. Protect hydraulic pumps: Hydraulic pumps are a critical part of the hydraulic system, and it is important to ensure their protection during winter. It is recommended to check the condition of the pump and replace any damaged parts.
5. Regular maintenance: Regular maintenance of hydraulic equipment is crucial for its long-term operation. This includes checking the condition of filters, cleaning and lubricating parts, checking the operation of valves and sensors, and replacing any damaged parts. Regular maintenance will ensure that the hydraulic equipment operates optimally during winter.
By properly preparing hydraulic equipment for winter, you can ensure the smooth operation of the hydraulic system during the cold months. Regularly check the condition of the equipment, replace damaged parts, and maintain the hydraulic system to avoid potential issues. It is also important to follow manufacturer’s instructions and consult experts for additional advice and guidance.