can tractors be stored outside

Can Tractors Be Stored Outside?

I remember winter last year when I hadn’t built my tractor garage,  I always kept my tractor outside, and after a while, I noticed that the color of my tractor had begun to fade away. Not only that, but a lot also happened.

Here I will be showing you how you can store your tractor outside without incurring damage to it and the best way to store your tractor.

Can Tractors be stored outside?

Yes, tractors can be stored outside if the place is clean and the winter is okay, not too hot or cold. Also, if you must store your tractor outside, it should be stored for a short period. Atmospheric elements can easily temper the functionality of your tractor, including the vital parts.

It would help if you did not store your tractor outside during the winter, as it can damage or cause rust to some tractor parts. If you must keep your tractor outside during winter, you should cover it with a waterproof tarpaulin.

Never leave your tractor exposed outside during rainy or extremely sunny seasons; it should be well covered with a good tarpaulin.

Important Tips To Store Your Tractor Outside 

Below are simple and cost-effective ways to store your tractor outside to ensure your tractor isn’t damaged.

1. Choose A Dry Location

When storing your tractor outside, the first thing to do is to select a dry and safe location. It would be best if you understood that condensation and transpiration could damage your tractor severely.

You can store your tractor on a driveway or a dry porch if you have a large porch.

2.  Clean Your Tractor Effectively

One mistake you can make is to store a dirty tractor, as it can accumulate debris in important parts, which can cause wear or tear. Also, this can cause chipping and scratching to the tractor’s body.

So before storing your tractor outside, ensure you thoroughly clean it. It should be completely clean, both inside and outside. You can use a garden hose to wash away dirt, debris, or mud on your tractor. The best way to wash your tractor is to start at the top and then wash your way down. 

If you must keep your tractor outside, ensure you clean the tractor once a week. Also, as a part of the routine to prevent corrosion or rust, you must clean the undercarriage every time you wash the tractor.

3. Carry Out A Maintenance Check Under The Hood

If you want to store your tractor for a long time outside, you must carry out a maintenance check under the hood. This check entails adding antifreeze to the tractor’s coolant system, especially in wintertime.

Also, you need to add a fuel stabilizer as this will help to fight off the water that enters the fuel system, thereby ensuring the fuel system is not contaminated.

4. Remove A Battery and Store it in a Cool Place

When storing your battery outside, remove it and store it in a cool, dry place away from the ground.

Never leave the battery inside your tractor because the battery will drain itself, which can cause it not to hold a charge in the future. 

5. Carry Out Tire Maintenance

The tire is a very crucial part to consider when storing your tractor outside. Tractors are mostly heavy. A utility tractor weighs about 5,264 pounds (those utility tractors are within the 52 to 75 horsepower range).

A commercial tractor is estimated to weigh about 15,628 pounds. This entails that storing your tractor outside for a very long time can cause your tires to be flat. However, this is not without a solution.

To prevent your tire from flattening, put blocks under your tractor’s frame rails. After placing the blocks, you will have to release some of the tire’s pressure so your tractor will lower and release itself on top of the blocks.

6. Carry Out Routine Waxes

If you are like me that don’t like covering my tractor when storing it outside, I will advise you to carry out routine waxes on your tractor.

A routine waxing on your tractor helps to protect the paint against UV rays and extremely hot weather conditions. Also, waxing is useful to the tractor even during the rainy season.

Over the years, natural waxing has been more durable than synthetic waxing. It is not funny to wax your tractor; within two weeks, you begin to see cracks in the waxing; this is what you get when you use synthetic waxing on your tractor.

7. Carry Out A Pest Control Action

One of the things after weather to be mindful of when storing your tractor outside is to consider pest control. Field mice are major pests that destroy tractors when stored outside. The pest goes ahead in chewing important parts of the tractor.

There are two ways you carry out a pest control action. The most effective method is to apply chemicals near your tractor that drives away rodents and mice.

However, you can opt for the unconventional method, which is using the natural enemy of mice and rodents, which is cats. You can deploy a few cats on the field where the tractor is placed to ensure no mice or rodent comes around the tractor.

8. Place Your Tractor Under A Canvas Cover

Tractor covering is arguably one of the important things to consider when storing your tractor outside. If you don’t have e shed, barn, garage, or a large carport, to you’re your tractor under, you can opt for a canvas cover. 

The canvas cover is something you can manually create yourself on the farm. To create one, tie a canvas up between trees, and ensure it is tied properly.

If there are no trees around, you can pack your tractor, cover it with a canvas, and weigh it down with bricks. While using the latter, you must ensure that the tractor is well covered before weighing it down with bricks.

The canvas cover is very effective; you don’t have to worry about your tractor outside. Instead of using a plastic tarp, stick to a canvas cover because a canvas cover is breathable and enhances air circulation, which is essential for preventing moisture from being trapped in the tractor body; this is important for preventing rust. So with this, you ensure that your tractor remains rust-free.

9. Ensure The Seat And Dash Are Well Covered

While covering the tractor exterior, ensure that the seat and dash on the inside are properly covered.

This is very important when you wax your tractor to protect the interior of your tractor, like the seat and dash, against the sun’s harmful rays or freezing winter weather, including moisture.

To cover your seat and dash, you should go for a breathable covering like canvas as this helps to trap moisture that can wear and tear on the seat and dash.

Can You Store Your Tractor in the Rain?

If you must store your tractors outside during the rainy season, ensure you use a waterproof tarpaulin to properly cover the tractor, as moisture can cause interior and exterior damage to the tractor.

Conclusion

To be safer, I advise storing your tractor under a covering. You can construct a garage in your backyard as a haven for your system. Ensure that your tractor is not stored outside for a prolonged time to avoid any fault.

In applying chemicals against pests, ensure that the chemicals are not too harsh to affect the tires or cause scratches on the body of the tractor.

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