Did you know that the forestry industry is currently valued at $200 billion a year? If you work in the industry, you know how important it is to be ready for the upcoming season! As winter comes to an end and spring approaches, it’s vital to prepare your forestry chip truck for the busy season ahead. 

Proper spring preparation ensures that your truck is in optimal working condition. It also improves safety. It reduces the risk of costly breakdowns during the months when your services are in high demand. 

In this blog, we will provide a comprehensive outline of how to get your forestry chip truck ready for the spring season. We will cover essential inspection, maintenance, and safety steps. 

By following these recommendations, you can ensure that your chip truck is well-equipped for a successful and productive spring season in the forestry industry. Keep reading for more! 

Inspection and Maintenance of the Chip Truck 

Start by conducting a comprehensive visual inspection of the truck’s exterior. Check for signs of rust, corrosion, and any structural damage.  

You should also examine the tires and wheels, they should have proper inflation. Look for any signs of wear or damage that could compromise the truck’s performance. 

Don’t forget to inspect for any leaks and potential damage to the: 

  • Truck’s engine 
  • Transmission 
  • Hydraulic systems 

After the visual inspection, move on to essential maintenance tasks, such as: 

  • Changing engine oil and filters 
  • Replacing air filters 
  • Checking fluid level 
  • Examining coolant 
  • Transmission 
  • Break fluid levels

Don’t forget to inspect the belts, hoses, and hydraulic components. 

Make sure you perform the repairs to avoid breakdowns during the on-season. 

Cleaning and Lubrication 

Begin by removing any debris from the truck’s exterior. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach places like the undercarriage, wheel wells, and under the hood.

After cleaning, apply a protective layer of wax to the truck’s body to keep it looking good and shield it from the elements. 

For the interior, vacuum and wipe down surfaces, including the dashboard, seats, and flooring. 

Clean windows and mirrors to ensure clear visibility while driving. 

Next, lubricate the moving parts of the truck to reduce friction and prevent premature wear. Apply grease to fittings on suspension and steering components. Lubricate door hinges and locks to ensure smooth operation. 

Proper lubrication extends the lifespan of the components. It also improves the overall efficiency and performance of the chip truck. 

Chip Box and Trailer Preparation 

Finally, start preparing the chip box and trailer for the spring season. After all, it is the most important part of the truck! 

Begin by inspecting the chip box for any signs of damage or wear that could affect its functionality, such as cracks, dents, and compromised seals.

If you have a trailer, examine the hitch and connections to ensure they are secure and free from rust or damage. A strong connection is essential for safe transportation. 

Regularly check the tire pressure and make any necessary adjustments to maintain proper inflation levels. This will help to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tire wear. 

Chip Truck Spring Maintenance: Prepare Your Truck Today 

Now that you know how to get your chip truck ready for spring, you can rest assured that it will last throughout the entire season! 

If you are looking to expand your fleet and add a chip truck, we have several options for you – rental, sales, or CTOS Marketplace.  

Contact us today to reserve a chip truck for your fleet.