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Five Tips for Winter Storage, and One Big Auction on December 1

Posted by IronPlanet on Nov 21, 2016 11:55:21 AM

arctic catDepending on where you live, the first week in December is pretty much the last minute for storing heavy equipment for the winter. IronPlanet likes to think of the last minute more in terms of successful completion of a deadline. To help you meet that deadline, here is a five-item checklist for storing your equipment until the thaw. When you've completed the list, you're ready to do some shopping for yourself at our December 1 auction.

Fluids. Make sure all fuel tanks are full for storage or utilize winter fuel for running units. Do an oil change (consider a lower-viscosity oil for the season), and lubricate any moving parts according to your manufacturers’ recommendations. Double-check that the coolant mix for your machines corresponds to the winter conditions in your area.

Cleanup.  If any of your machines are going into storage for the winter, be sure they’re free of dirt, mud build-up and other debris from the spring/ summer work season. 

Maintenance. Make sure you’re on top of any regular or planned maintenance for each piece of equipment in your fleet. Well-maintained machines will provide more reliable operation and servicing them now will identify potential problems that could be exacerbated by sub-zero temps. 

Storage. If you’ve acquired machinery since last winter, assess your storage space and plan ahead for any additional square footage or different arrangements needed to store everything properly. 

Sell. Winter is a great time to step back and look at the big picture. If there are no jobs in your current project pipeline requiring a particular machine or set of machines, consider selling it and using the cash to reinvest in your business.

Now you're ready to kick back and take a look at the equipment available in IronPlanet's December 1 online auction. Whether you're dreaming of a skid steer loader, a mini excavator, or maybe a new truck to replace your old reliable, chances are good you'll find it here.

Take a look:

2004 Cat 321C LCR Track Excavator

2004 Cat Excavator

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 44” Tooth Bucket, Hydraulic Coupler, 9' 6" Stick, Control Pattern Changer, 31.5" Track Shoes. The engine started and ran. The drivetrain engaged in forward and reverse. The main components appear to be in place and operational.

 View the December 1 Auction

Cat 320BL Track Excavator

Cat 320BL Excavator

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 48” Smooth Edge Bucket, Long Reach Boom and Stick, Control Pattern Changer, 31.5" Track Shoes. The engine started and ran. The drivetrain engaged in forward and reverse. The main components appear to be in place and operational.


2011 Cat D6T XW Crawler Tractor

Cat Crawler Tractor

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, 13'6" Wide Pat Blade, Allied Winch, Air Ride Seat, Powershift Transmission, SystemOne Undercarriage, 28" Single Grouser Track Shoes.


2004 Volvo A25D Articulated Dump Truck

2004 Volvo Dump Truck

Enclosed Cab, Air Conditioner, Heater, Traction Control, Air Ride Seat, 23.5R25 Tires


2006 International 9900i Tri/A Conventional Day Cab

2006 International T/A

Cummins ISX 15L Engine, 565 Adv Horsepower, Engine Brake, Eaton Fuller 18 Speed Manual Transmission, 215" Wheel Base, 12,000 lb. Front Axle, 40,000 lb. Rears, Air Lift Pusher Axle, Beam Type Suspension, Double Frame, Dual Exhaust, Wet Kit, Sliding 5th Wheel, Headache Rack, Sun Visor, Chrome Bumper, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Heated Mirrors, Dual High Back Seats, Tilt Steering Wheel, Telescopic Steering Wheel.

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