Putting your machines away for future use may appear a simple operation; however, there are pitfalls that you should try to avoid. Storing machinery for certain lengths of time can bring about damage that could render that machine or some of its components inoperable to you when the time comes to use it. Here are some storage tips for success:
- First, select the driest environment available for storage. Surface corrosion is the enemy of every machine and thrives in moist air.
- Also, coat any and all exposed metal surfaces with a lubricant or oil mist to help prevent oxidation. Now that the machine and components are in storage, do not forget to maintain them. If your machine has moving parts, regular movement and rotation of its movable components will ensure that they run smoothly when brought into service.