How Should You Prep Your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader for Winter

The temperatures are beginning to drop and the winter months are quickly approaching us here in New England and all around the country. This means winter preparation is in full swing for contractors and residents everywhere! Before the flurries fly in and the roads begin to freeze it is important to prepare your Bobcat skid steer loader for winter.

Here are 4 tips on how to best prepare your Bobcat for winter work:

  1. Change the Fluids in Your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader: 

It is important to follow your Bobcat’s compact loader maintenance schedule and properly fill and schedule up with all of the cold weather oils and fuels necessary. 

  • Engine Oil: Fill your engine oil, you are going to need engine oil such as 10W-30, or any engine oil viscosity that matches the cold temperatures outside. 
  • Antifreeze: Refill your antifreeze to ensure the lines do not freeze over.
  • Hydraulic Lubricant: Fill your hydraulic lubricant to give your machine peak flow within subzero temperatures.
  • Fuel: Fill up on fuel to ensure your machine is prepared to tackle there winter 
  1. Prepare Any Necessary Attachments

With winter comes winter cleanup. Beat the cold and set up your Bobcat’s skid steer loader’s attachments with the tools that are needed to remove snow and ice. If you do not own these attachments, reach out to us here at Ciano Development for all of your snow removal attachment needs. The most popular attachments for winter include:

  • Angle Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Pushers
  • Blades

All of these attachments play a role in easily removing snow from small and large areas.

  1. Fill Your Tires

When the temperature begins to drop so does the pressure in your skid steers tires. To prevent deflating tires, fill them up to capacity. If you are beginning to notice leaks or nails in your tires, replace or repair them before the colder weather arrives. This will prevent you from having to fill up your tires multiple times a day.

  1. Charge and Check Your Battery

You don’t want to wake up on the first snowfall to a dead battery. Ensure your Bobcat Skid Steer Loader is fully charged and remains on the charger to prevent any dead batteries. 

Contact Ciano Development For All Your Bobcat Skid Steer Loaders Today!

If you work or live in the Greater Boston area and you are looking to buy or rent a Bobcat Skid Steer Loader or are looking to get one repaired, please feel free to give us a call at 617-957-8005 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to speaking with you regarding our same-day repair services.