Over Winter StorageWednesday, January 1, 2014
Hello, and Happy New Year 2014. With that being said, for those with outdoor sweepers I hope you have prepared them properly for the winter.
What is that you say? Just drive to a garage and park it; don’t think so! You are doing this for a living this sweeper is your investment so let’s take care of it.
First of all store it in an area that is dry and out of the way of being bothered. Secondly let’s jack this baby up and off of the ground. This is always a good idea because your tires will get flat spots on them. If you are running just air tires this may not be a problem but if you have foam-filled tires flat sport can be a big problem. A problem that will not go away. Once you get flat spots, that’s it. You’ll always be going down the road going “bump, bump bump…”
- Empty the hopper before packing up the machine.
- Jack Up the machine at the designated location. Use a hoist or jack capable of supporting the weight of the machine. Use Jack stands to support the machine. The rear jack location is the center of the rear bumper behind the back tire.
- Remove the battery completely.
- If your sweeper is gas open the garage door and run the machine. Run the machine until it is out of gasoline. You do not want to leave fuel in your system for an extended length of time. What happens, especially, with the new fuel additives they tend to eat away at seals and gaskets in your engine. And all of a sudden you have engine leak. For those who have LP remove your LP tank and run the engine until it stops.
- Drain the engine oil and remove the oil filter.
- Some people drain the radiator but I think it is not absolutely necessary.
At this point I believe you are done preparing your machine for storage. The only other item would be the hydraulic system. As long as you have maintained the hydraulic system (i.e. regularly change the fluid and filters) on a schedule recommended by your OEM, you will be good to go. I have seen some technicians even remove the spark plugs and cover the holes with masking tape. I do not feel this is necessary, however, you will want to replace them in the opening of Spring. I think there’s no harm with this exception.
For those not familiar with Tennant S20 Sweeper. Here’s a little history. This machine was introduced in 2011. It is Tennant’s Mid-Sized Sweeper with a hopper/debris capacity of 750 lbs. The sweeping path is a total width of 62”. This includes the 50” Main broom.
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