Some farmers or farm owners sometimes neglect paying close attention to the maintenance of their farming equipment. However, when you consider the long-term effects in productivity, it is more costly to ignore your routine farm equipment maintenance. If your farming equipments eventually break down, the cost for the repairs or replacements would exceed what you would have paid for the checkups. In addition to that, safety might also become an issue.

Here are some maintenance tips that will allow you to increase the life of your farm’s heavy equipment.

  1. Learn about different equipment

The best way to take care of your equipment is first to learn how it works. This is why learning about your equipment is the first step to maintenance tips. As soon as you know the ins and outs of the machine, you can proceed to learn about the best way to maintain them. Every kind of machine requires a different kind of operator and maintenance. Because of this, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about your equipment.

By learning about your tools, you can use the equipment correctly and efficiently. If your skill as an operator is rusty, that will also affect the longevity and safety of your farm equipment. Just to be on the safe side, revisit manuals of your machine to learn about it.

  1. Lubricant Replacements

If you regularly schedule lubricant replacements, you can actually significantly extend the life of the equipment you own. When it comes to maintenance, one of the most changing factors is lubrication. However, do not over-lubricate as this will build up grease on your pistols. Another tip is to look out for holes on oil seals to avoid leaking.

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Using lubricants, check what the manufacturer of your machinery recommends. Each brand of lubricant come with different kinds of grease and oil. However, if you come across problems, get your lubricants checked or contact the store. Experts in the field will analyze the oil used and find the problem based on the makeup of the lubricant.

  1. Keep it clean

Every day, you should check to keep your farm equipment clean and in excellent condition. First, you may also want to check filters and see whether or not they get replaced often. Second, make sure you clean the breathers on the machine to keep the fans going smoothly. Since there are so many pollutants on a farm and these pollutants affect the machine negatively, regular cleaning is really essential.

Make sure you clean your equipment after every use to prevent dust from clinging in crucial parts of the farm’s heavy equipment. After using the equipment, store it in a secure and sheltered area to avoid rust and damage.

  1. Schedule Maintenance and Repairs

It’s always better to be on the preventive and safe side especially for heavy equipment, and this is why it’s crucial that you have a maintenance plan scheduled for inspection of electrical systems, fluids, heavy equipment rubber tracks, and tires. Here are some reminders:

  • Regularly change filters and diagnose problems by testing the oil
  • Oil your equipment’s gears frequently
  • Do a seal check regularly to avoid bearing raceway contamination
  • Check gearboxes for damages, lubrication, and vibration
  • Monitor drivetrain components. Look out for wear and alignment of v-belts and pulleys on CVT transmissions.
  • Regularly run torque checks
  1. Asses for Equipment Wear and Tear
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Several factors can contribute to the degradation of your farm’s heavy equipment such as shock, environmental damages, high temperatures, friction or vibration. You don’t want to wait for the major breakdown to do a big repair job, so asses your equipment for ear regularly. Here are some reasons why breakdowns occur:

  • When gears and belts are out of alignment, it may cause vibrations.
  • Due to accidents or incorrect operation of equipment, shocks may occur.
  • With extensive use of machinery, high temperatures may cause equipment parts to be worn out from excessive friction and heat.
  • Sometimes, seals crack, belts twist and become loose due to the age of the machinery.

If ever you come across some of these instances, it’s proper to address them as soon as you spot them. Be sure to make repercussions before things become even worse.

It cannot be stressed enough that taking proper care of your equipment is vital in making your operations go smoothly. In the long run, right maintenance on your farm equipment will improve on your investment returns. Hope this article was able to guide you on how to take care of your farming equipment to extend the longevity.

 

 

 

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