Helpful Winter Hints

My father just recently had a very difficult time keeping his skid steer running well in the cold weather.  He made several trips to the local parts store and tried to diagnose the problems while speaking to the staff at the store.  The employees gave their best advice, but there was no way to determine the problem without the machine being there and the technicians inspecting it.battery_07

This problem could have been avoided with 5 simple steps.  Proper care of your machine is needed to keep it running at full capacity.  It is never a good idea to wing it.  Winter comes every year and proper preparation is one of the main keys to keep your machine functional.







Cold weather is terrible for your battery.  Keeping your batter charged will reduce the strain when you try and start your machine.  Make sure your battery is strong before winter arrives.





Kubotas are strong and durable machines.  That is no reason to abuse that toughness, though.  Keeping your machine stored in a dry garage or shed can add years to your machine.  Make sure your machine is not getting frozen by the cold wind as well.  Block the areas that can allow cold winter winds from harming your engine.






No machine runs well on cheap fuel.  Your Kubota is no different.  Use the factory recommended fuel for your machine.  Off road diesel fuel is different from road diesel fuel.  The price difference is not the only difference.  Off road diesel has different sulfur content and is required for your diesel machine.  During cold winters, a diesel fuel treatment is recommended.






Just like any high performance machine, your Kubota needs to warm up before running at maximum capacity.  Letting the engine run for a good 10 minutes allows the engine to heat up and the combustion chamber to reach optimal temperature.  This also keeps the glow plugs warm up which helps ignite the diesel fuel.








Even if you use your machine properly and take good care of it, do not be quick to shut it off.  Keeping your machine running during a short break will alleviate the heat from escaping the engine.  During winter operation, it is recommended to keep the machine running to prevent the heat escaping to the cold ground.  This also ensures that the gears stay properly lubricated.