Cold Weather Equipment Considerations

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Winter is Here in Canada: Here’s some Cold Weather Equipment Considerations & Tips

As we are in winter, it’s crucial to ensure that your heavy industrial equipment is prepared to face the challenges that colder temperatures and harsh weather conditions bring. At KASI, we understand the importance of maintaining your investment, which is why we’ve compiled a list of essential tips to help you get your equipment winter ready. From preventative measures to proactive maintenance, we’ve got you covered. 

Inspect and Replace Fluids for Cylinders and Pumps 

The drop in temperature can affect the viscosity of fluids in your equipment. Ensure that all lubricants, hydraulic fluids, and coolant are at the recommended levels and are suitable for colder weather. Consider using winter-grade oils to prevent sluggish performance and potential damage to vital components. 

Water turns to Ice: 

All equipment that may use water during the summer should be drained and/or flooded with anti-freeze.  It’s easy to forget about tools or equipment that has been stored in a shop since summer and now needs to be shipped to a job site.  Always double check the equipment before it goes out during the winter.  Even transporting the equipment from a warm shop to another warm shop can lead to damage during transport. 

Inspect Rubber Components: 

Low temperatures can make rubber components, such as hoses and seals, brittle and prone to cracking. Regularly inspect these parts for signs of wear and tear. Replace any damaged components to prevent leaks and ensure optimal equipment performance. 

Grease Moving Parts: 

Greasing moving parts is a year-round necessity, but it becomes especially crucial during the winter months. Cold temperatures can increase friction and wear on components. Ensure that all pivot points, joints, and moving parts are adequately lubricated to prevent unnecessary strain on your equipment. 

Protect Electrical Components: 

Moisture and cold temperatures can be harsh on electrical components. Inspect wiring, connections, and switches for signs of wear or damage. Consider using protective covers or insulating materials to shield electrical components from the elements, and don’t forget about potential condensation issues. 

Preventative Training for Employees: 

Equip your personnel with proper winter operating procedures. Provide training on cold-weather precautions, such as warming up equipment before operation, and stress the importance of regular equipment checks during colder months. 


As winters are harsh in Canada, taking the time to implement these heavy equipment maintenance tips can make a significant difference in the performance, longevity, and safety of your equipment. At KASI, we not only offer top-notch equipment for rent but also provide maintenance services and training to ensure that your equipment is ready to tackle winter head-on. Prepare your fleet today, and let’s make this winter a season of productivity and efficiency. 

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