Keep a spare fuel filter
Keep an extra fuel filter in the cab, and follow the installation instructions in your operator’s manual.
Check ice buildup
Check for ice or snow buildup in exhaust or intake if applicable. Inspect and clear ice or snow from throttle and brake area.
Stay aware of safety
Mount and dismount your machine using three points of contact. Remember that you are working with snow, and ice slips and falls are a common cause of injuries. Wear your seatbelt when operating equipment and stay alert.
Warm up to improve steering response
Steering response on equipment with hydraulic steering may become sluggish at low temperatures, even when the correct oils are used. Once the engine is started, let the machine idle until the engine reaches operating temperature.
Use snow to your advantage
When not working, leave a layer of snow on the ground to keep frost from penetrating the ground — the snow will actually insulate the ground beneath. When working, make sure to clear all snow and ice to avoid accidents.
Inspect and mark areas designated for snow removal
Clean up debris or equipment that will be hidden by fallen snow. Mark any areas of concern with reflective stakes, so snow removal crews can easily identify and stay away from those areas.
Cover your machine
If you can’t keep your machine inside when it’s not in use, at least keep a weather resistant tarp over the engine. With snow comes condensation, which can cause problems for the entire engine.