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Leaving equipment outdoors

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tacoma200, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I guess I'm picky but I store my equipment in a dry place. Exept for getting caught out in the rain on a work day or washing my equipment never gets wet. I've seen several LCO's just leave them outside. How many of you don't keep your equipment under cover and why..? I have seen mowers at dealers with rust from being on display (still new) so it can't be good for them...
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i don't like it, but i don't have a storage building. in the off season, i cover my trailer with a tarp, but that's about it, unfortunately.
  3. martinfan06

    martinfan06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Some kind of shop or storage is a must!
  4. Rev. Crabgrass

    Rev. Crabgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    Storing inside is a good thing, Like Tocoma said you can see rust on alot of machines that are brand new at a dealer. Rust is going to happen but you can keep it to a minimum.

  5. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Have you considered one of the metal carports that sell for around $800? I think they call them porta-carports or something.
  6. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,270

    Ours are out in the open during the cutting season. They are covered in the winter. To date we have had ZERO rust problems. Once in a while we will tarp them up if they are calling for a solid day or more of rain.
  7. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    I tarp mine up every evening. Rain is not good for motors much less metal.
  8. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i was actually thinking of building something similar this winter, just haven't decided yet. i may get a cheap metal building ($200 lowes version) and just pull my stuff off of the trailer and into it for the off season.
  9. Dano50

    Dano50 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,781

    Cmon, fellas. Use Fluid Film on your outside equipment. That is one of the best uses for the product. Fluid Film is going to last two to three months protecting your equipment in inclement weather. :weightlifter: Water will NOT just wash it off, and it imbeds into the pores of the metal, creating a barrier of protection.
  10. petekief

    petekief LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    i unload my trailer every evening and put my stuff in a pole barn i built. i didn't build it to back a traler in though. i built it way before i really got going in this business. but i'm looking at this garage in a box thing from Northern tool and equipment 12 x 20 x 8 fabric over a metal frame. page 129 in their summer 2006 catalog. anybody have one / seen one / know someone who does??
    2 or three seasons for $279.00 would be well worth the investment
    if it would hold up two or three seasons
    it might be my next purchase

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