Post-Winter Maintenance Guide for Snow Removal Equipment


Tractor Maintenance

As the snow season comes to an end, it’s crucial to care for your equipment to ensure its proper functioning for the next season. This guide provides detailed steps on how to clean, maintain, and store your snow removal equipment, from tractors to snow blowers and more. Follow these instructions to protect your investment and ensure the smooth operation of your machines. Tractor maintenance may include the following:

  1. Thorough Cleaning: Wash away all dirt, salt, and grime with hot water, if possible, to prevent corrosion. After washing, apply a layer of automotive wax for extra protection.
  2. Interior Cleaning: Use a glass cleaner to wipe down the interior and remove any residue such as grease or debris.
  3. Rust Prevention: Apply a rust prevention treatment to all tractors before storage, especially in humid conditions.
  4. Battery Maintenance: Disconnect the batteries to prevent them from discharging.
  5. Tire Maintenance: Check and adjust the pressure of all tires.
  6. Hydraulic Care: Plug all hydraulic outlets, apply Kano oil to prevent rust, inspect the hydraulic pump and connections for wear. Replace worn hoses and fittings, and consider changing the hydraulic fluid.

How to Maintain Your Snow Blower

To ensure proper maintenance of your snow blower after the winter season, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Pressure Washing: Use hot water to remove all salt and dirt.
  2. Cleaning Cracks: Clean all crevices of dirt, gravel, road salt, or sand.
  3. Lubrication: Grease all necessary points, lubricate the chains, and generously apply lubricant to moving parts like pins and joints.
  4. Hydraulic Connections: Cover and lubricate all hydraulic connections to prevent rust.
  5. Storage: Store off the ground on blocks or a pallet, and consider using a breathable cover to avoid condensation.

Proper maintenance of your snow blower is imperative, as neglect could lead to unforeseen costs.


Fully charge, turn off, and store in a drawer or secure bin to protect from the elements (client FolloSOFT).

How to Store Stakes

Store in a shaded area in a bin or box to prevent drying out from sun exposure.

Additional Maintenance Steps

  1. Reduce Spring Tension: Relieve tension from the springs during the off-season.
  2. Storage Solutions: Opt for indoor storage to protect equipment from the elements. Use snow plow dollies to facilitate movement.
  3. Checking Accessories and Components: Inspect the controller, snow plow shoes, halogen lights, and blade marker guides for wear.
  4. Touch-Ups and Rust Prevention: Treat areas where paint is missing and remove chipped paint or rust with a grinder before doing touch-ups. Lubricate sliding pins, pivot points, and exposed cylinder rods to keep components moving freely.
  5. Electrical Care: Apply dielectric grease to all electrical connections to minimize corrosion.

Performing comprehensive maintenance after the season ensures that your equipment remains in optimal condition, ready to operate efficiently when winter returns. By promptly addressing any wear and tear, you prevent future complications and extend the lifespan of your equipment, ensuring the reliability and efficiency of your snow removal services for many winters to come.

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