7 Essential Tips for Maintaining Your Versalift and RUTHMANN Access Platform in Cold Weather
As the winter chill sets in, it’s crucial to ensure that your access platform is prepared to face the challenges that come with cold weather. From engine reliability to safety precautions, here are seven top tips to keep your access platform functioning seamlessly in winter conditions.
1. Basket Control Cover: A Crucial Part
The first point on our list emphasises the importance of using the basket control cover. This simple action can significantly contribute to the overall functionality and safety of your access platform.
When the controls get wet, they then freeze when the temperature drops, stopping them from mechanically working. As a general rule of thumb, when you are not in the bucket using it, you should close the cover to prevent water and dirt from getting to them.
2. Fluid Maintenance for Engine Reliability
Ensure the reliability of your platform’s engine by keeping essential vehicle fluids topped up. Regularly check and replenish fuel, screen wash, oil, and antifreeze in the coolant system. This simple practice goes a long way in preventing unexpected breakdowns in chilly conditions.
3. Keep it Clean: Corrosion Prevention and Regular Maintenance
Combat the corrosive effects of road salt and grime by keeping your access platform clean. Pay special attention to washing the legs and minimise corrosion on exposed parts of cylinders and bearings. Avoid pressure washers, as they can strip grease from bearings and pivot points. Clean the cage thoroughly, clear debris, and relubricate after cleaning to maintain optimal functionality.
4. Winter Check Service: An Additional Precaution
Consider booking an extra service between regular maintenance periods. This “Winter Check” could be a valuable preventive measure, ensuring the robustness of the boom during the colder months.
5. Safety First: Be Prepared
Prioritise safety by ensuring your phone battery is fully charged. Additionally, keep a blanket or coat within reach when using the platform. In the unlikely event of a fault, quick access to your recovery plan is crucial, and staying warm is equally important to ward off the threat of hypothermia when elevated and exposed.
6. Extended Pre-Use Checks: Identifying Potential Issues
During winter, allocate extra time for pre-use checks. Take a more thorough approach to inspecting your access platform, allowing for the identification of potential issues before they escalate. The extended checks also help the oil warm up to operating temperature, contributing to smoother functionality.
7. Optimise Operating Periods: Preventing Condensation Buildup
Avoid short operating periods whenever possible. Multiple brief operations can lead to condensation buildup in the tank, similar to an engine. Opt to let the oil reach full operating temperature and maintain proximity to this temperature throughout the day. This practice ensures that seals and valves remain lubricated and operate correctly, enhancing the overall longevity of your access platform.
By incorporating these seven tips into your winter maintenance routine, you’ll be well-equipped to keep your access platform running smoothly in cold weather conditions.