Farming equipment often undergoes a lot of wear and tear. This is because it is used daily and often not maintained as well as it should be. If you are guilty of not regularly checking your farm equipment, now is the time to start with a maintenance programme.
Caring for agriculture equipment should not be left until the last minute. In fact, you should perform inspections of your tillage equipment, tractors and rotary cutters to ensure that they do not need repairs or replacements. Read on below for some simple ways to maintain your farm equipment.
Keep it clean
Agriculture equipment can get dirty very quickly, especially if you use it on a daily basis. One of the best tips to keep in mind for maintaining your equipment is to clean it as often as possible. You can use a standard pressure washer, but be sure that you stand at least two metres back from the machine to clean it properly.
If your equipment is covered in mud, manure or soil, you should wash it as soon as you are finished using it in order to avoid it becoming clogged with dirt. For smaller pieces of equipment, you will need to clean them by hand as a pressure washer might be too harsh on the delicate parts. Be sure to clean all cutting parts properly as too much dirt can dull the blades and make them ineffective.
Perform regular inspections
One effective way to keep up the maintenance of your agriculture equipment is to perform regular inspections. This involves checking the hoses, the fittings and the seals to ensure they are in good working order as well as looking at the oil and coolant.
Other important inspection areas include checking and replacing the equipment’s filters, making sure the tyres, wheels and wheel bearings are ready for use, and that there is no sign of corrosion on the battery. It might sound like a lot of extra work, but ensuring that you inspect your equipment every day will cut down on your maintenance costs and efforts.
Ramp up rust prevention
It is a sad fact for all machinery that rust will eventually happen, but you can prevent this on your agriculture equipment by cleaning your equipment properly and storing it in a dry place. This way you will prevent water and moisture from seeping in and causing rust to form.
You can treat your tillage equipment with a rust-prevention chemical solution or by waxing the body of your machinery. The extra effort you take to prevent rust will ensure that your equipment lasts for a longer time and that you do not have to replace equipment as regularly. Be sure to dry your equipment after washing it by leaving it in the sun or by using a rag or towel to further increase the rust prevention tactics.
Keep records of repairs and replacements
Owning and running a farm is a busy and stressful business at the best of times. It can be difficult to remember when the last time was that you repaired or replaced a certain piece of equipment, so be sure to keep clear and detailed records of all repairs and replacements.
Not only will these records help you to remember what has been done to your machinery, but it is also useful if you decide to sell your agriculture equipment in order to upgrade it. Keeping records of what you have repaired and replaced is also a good financial practice as it will save you from buying extra parts when it might not be necessary.
Have a maintenance schedule
While it is important to regularly inspect your equipment, it might be difficult to work this into your busy schedule as a farmer. This is why you need to set up a maintenance schedule to ensure that you maintain, clean and inspect your equipment before time runs out.
If you know that you have free time on the weekend to care for your agriculture equipment, then schedule in a couple of hours to inspect, clean and repair your equipment. However, if you are only able to do this at the end of the month, make it a regular date. A schedule will ensure that you never skip any maintenance days or that you leave your equipment for too long without cleaning.
Always be prepared
One of the best ways to maintain your agriculture equipment is to always be prepared. This means that you should do regular inspections of your equipment, keep it as clean as possible and work out a maintenance schedule to suit your workload.
Keeping records of replacements and repairs is vital so that you know exactly which pieces need to be repaired and which have replacements, saving you time and money. With a few simple tips and tricks, you will find your equipment running smoothly for years to come.