Keeping machinery batteries primed through winter


In honour of the shortest days of the year, it’s time to really think about those batteries in big machinery.

Batteries are an often overlooked aspect of machinery winterization, and what maintenance could look like in the spring if we’re not following proper care methods.

Josh Goldsworthy, product manager for batteries at Case IH, says there’s a lot of simple steps that can be taken to maximize the life of your battery.

“As you put it into storage, one of the easiest things you can do before storage is making sure that you clean that battery off. And make sure there’s no debris or no corrosion on those terminals, these things can actually create a conductive path and drain your battery life much quicker. So if you go and you store your equipment, and it’s dirty, there’s a good chance that even if you go and check it, you might end up with a battery that’s discharged a lot faster than it would if it was clean,” he explains.

Another cost effective method, says Goldsworthy, is hooking your battery up to a maintainer.

“The maintainers that you can get nowadays are all computer controlled. So they don’t overcharge your battery,” he says. “You can keep those maintainers on there through the entire life of the storage period,” he explains. “If you’re unable to keep a maintainer on that, make sure you’re regularly going and checking to make sure that your battery is charged. Once a month, you need to start that machine, let it run that battery, get a charge back into it, or bring a portable charger with you and let it sit for a while to make sure that battery fully charged.”

Learn more tips on battery maintenance in the full conversation between Josh Goldsworthy and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below:

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