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Prevent Heavy Machinery from Corroding and Rusting

Posted on 02/10/2021 at 01:15 PM by Angie Deever

Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Heavy Machinery from Corroding and Rusting

How well you maintain your machinery will determine its useful life. Here are some rust prevention tips.

1. Clean the machine after each use. Dirt, dust and crop residue can be corrosive when mixed with grease and oil on equipment. Rain can also be damaging. You should wash equipment down after each use. Putting a machine away clean helps to preserve equipment and extend its life.

2. Store indoors. Storing machinery inside when it is not being used will help keep it clean and dry.

3. Avoid parking on dirt. If inside storage is not possible, machines should be parked on concrete, gravel or blocks of wood. They will hold up a lot better if not in contact with grass or soil.

4. Wash off chemicals. 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; however, simply rinsing thoroughly with cold water will also help.

5. Wax annually. Applying a good quality automotive wax or protectant to all major surfaces provides additional protection.

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

7. Grease bearings. Bearings and other moving parts should be greased before the machinery is stored for the season. Filling the bearings with grease prevents water from seeping in and corroding the bearings.

8. Hang up hydraulic tips. Another area where corrosion is a problem is hydraulic fittings. When unhooking hydraulic hoses, some simply drop them on the ground. Then the connections get rusty and don’t fit well the next time you try to hook them up. Hoses should be hung up on the machine once they are unhooked to keep the tips off the ground.

9. Retract hydraulic cylinders. Hydraulic cylinder rods are subject to pit corrosion, or pits in the metal, if left extended and stored outside for a season. Pit corrosion can tear out the seals on the cylinders the next time you use the implement. You should retract the cylinders or coat the rods with heavy grease to protect them.

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