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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Wondering how many of you guys store some of your tractors, garden tractors, attachments and other equipment outside? If you do, do you store it in any special way? We definitely need to do something with a storage shed or building at some point but it might be another year or so till that happens.


We have put stuff on skids and covered with a tarp but it still doesn't seem to help with the moisture and actually seems to make it worse. So with that being said, for those of you that store stuff outside I want to know how you help preserve it.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Spray with CRC put plastic down on the ground to prevent flashing of moisture.Cover with moving blanket and then tarp wrap well that's me George.
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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:33 AM

You might consider putting a pallet or something like that on top and leaving the ends of the tarp open to allow air to pass through.  I've done this before with my 4 foot brush hog.  I have two old Wheelhorses outside and I have a piece of steel roofing laying over top of both of them and then a tarp on top of that.  Works pretty well.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 10:41 AM

The ventilation is critical. Otherwise the cover will make it like a sauna inside and it will corrode faster. I use big plastic bags but leave atleast one side not touching the ground. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Watch craigslist for Calf Huts. Most are large enough to put a tractor in and one ends partially open They work great

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 12:23 PM

I store a few parts machines and implememnts on pallets with garden tractor tarps that cover everything. The pallets are left open on the bottom for ventilation.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 02:53 PM

Misting them down with some sort of rust inhibitor is a help, although it does make a mess. Fluid film, rust check etc.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 04:59 PM

You need air flow, because condensation will rust them.  Plus rodents like places that have no wind.  They will nest there for the winter.  Mice filled the flywheel with insulation from the side panels on my 165 ford one time, so tight the engine would not turn over.  Noel 

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 05:04 PM

I tarp mine. I had a shed, which mother nature decided it was within her best interests to take down with heavy snow.


I need a workshop or storage shed to keep them in.


We're supposed to get snow tonight and tomorrow for the 1st time this year, and I am far from ready for it.

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 05:31 PM

My implements are mostly outside , I spray a WD40/motor oil mix on them . For winter I park the PK outside with the 6' snow blade next to the garage under a tarp . It doesn't touch the ground just kind of wrapped around to keep the rain and snow off . I don't do anything extra for that though .

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Posted November 13, 2014 - 06:30 PM

Dont forget the mice. They like to chew on important wires etc...
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Posted November 13, 2014 - 11:21 PM

I was just reading a thread on another LGT forum about Harber Freight's Portable Garage. It's a thought for a temporary shelter?



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Posted November 14, 2014 - 12:19 AM

If you have to use a tarp, leave the bottom off of the ground a little ways so you have some air movement. Sun and moisture are your two biggest enemies. 

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Posted November 15, 2014 - 04:02 PM

Yeah, tarps with airflow.  I use cindercrete blocks to hold the corners down.  I keep anything with an engine inside though. My garage and my shed are both unheated, so mice aren't much of a problem.


I do have to leave my dump truck outside because there's no room for it anywhere else.  I don't tarp it.  I change the oil, check the antifreeze, and pull the battery. Then I walk away from it until the ground dries up in the spring.  

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