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10 Things To Do To Prepare Your Equipment For Spring

The weather is finally starting to get a little warmer in this area, which hopefully means that spring-like weather is on its way to stay (I know, I know, technically spring started almost 2 weeks ago, but it definitely hasn’t felt like it!).  With spring, farmers who plant annual crops, or who make hay, are starting to think about spring planting, and that first cutting of hay.  Before you head out to the fields, it’s always smart to run through some general maintenance on your equipment…it could not only save you some money in the long run if you catch small problems now, before they become big ones, but it is also important for overall farm safety!
Here’s a list of 10 things to do to prepare your equipment for spring…
 
  1. Make sure that brakes, clutches and drives are adjusted to manual specifications.
  2. Check (and change if necessary) all fluids (hydraulic, transmission and differential)
  3. Check coolant and cooling systems.
  4. Check all hoses, fitting and seals to make sure that they are in good conditions with no wear, cracks, etc.
  5. Check all filters and replace if needed.
  6. Check all belts.  Look for fight and cracks.  If belts are loose, or if they have cracks, replace them.
  7. Check all tires, wheels and wheel bearings.  Make sure everything is properly inflated and bearings are lubricated.
  8. Adjust and/replace all worn disc openers on planters.  Replace all worn or rusty chains.
  9. Look over steering, ignition and exhaust systems to make sure they are working properly.  Check your lights, signals and hazards.
  10. Check the calibration and monitors on all equipment to make sure that they are set correctly and functioning properly.

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It’s also a great time to check on your inventory of spare and replacement parts and stock up so that you have what you need in case of a breakdown during the season.  What else do you do before starting up for spring?  What did we miss?  What would you add?
 
Monday, April 02, 2018
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