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Preventing Heavy Machinery from Corroding and Rusting

Posted on 02/10/2021 at 01:15 PM by Crystal Harrison

How well you maintain your machinery will determine its vitality. Here are some corrosion and rust prevention tips!

1. Clean your machine after each use. Dirt, dust, rain, and crop residue can be damaging when mixed with grease and oil on your equipment.  Storing your machinery inside when it is not being used will also help keep it clean and dry.

2. Avoid parking on dirt if indoor storage is not available and park on concrete, gravel or blocks of wood instead. 

3. Corrosive chemicals such as fertilizer and pesticides should be washed off as soon as possible. Pressure washing with hot soapy water and then rinsing is best!

4. Applying a good quality automotive wax or protectant to all major surfaces provides added protection.

5. Do paint touch-ups. Scratches and paint chips can be repainted to help prevent rust in those areas.

6. Bearings and other moving parts should be greased before the machinery is stored for the season.

7. Another area where corrosion is a problem is the hydraulic fittings.  Unhooked hoses should be hung up on the machine, not loose on the ground to prevent rusting.

8. Hydraulic cylinder rods are subject to pit corrosion, or pits in the metal, if left extended and stored outside all season long. Remember to retract the cylinders or coat the rods with heavy grease to protect them.

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