Today, farmers need to have a different set of skills to be more efficient at what they do. These skills include agricultural equipment maintenance and farm machinery repair. Without these basic skills, one will end up wasting their valuable time, as well as favorable weather conditions for essential tips in farm production. Downtime is a no-no.
It’s a good thing that there are a lot of maintenance and repairs steps that are recommended for farmers to make sure that they can make the most out of their equipment for a much longer time. Some of them are as follows.
Keep Accurate Records
It is important that you have a notebook where you can record all the maintenance tasks that were performed on your equipment. A notebook is easy to carry even when in the field or you can keep it at home in your office and update your records. This should have records of the problems, as well as the contact information of the dealership.
Change the Filter
Pickup trucks and tractors require frequent oil changes. Be sure that you check the manual that comes with these vehicles and follow the recommended oil change times. Changing the oil, especially for tractors can be a bit difficult if the oil filter is not easy to reach. It would be nice if you can invest in a tractor jack that could safely hoist the tractor up, enough for the oil and air filter to be reached.
The air filters and other types of filters need to be changed in accordance with the instructions set by the manufacturer. Dirty air filters could make the engine to work much harder and this could lead to premature wear.
Check the Tires
Trailers, tractors, and trucks need to have proper tire inflation. This is important so they can run better, thus helping you save money on gas as you will have better gas mileage. Also, the tires need to be inflated to its maximum amount and not more than that. Of course, the spare tires should be checked too.
Check for Battery Corrosion
Corrosion on the battery terminals of the equipment could lead to power loss. You may open up the hood of the truck or uncover its battery to check the terminals. Also, be sure to change batteries while following the manual. Keep in mind that batteries need to be stored indoors when the tractor is not in use, especially during winter time to prevent loss of power.
Doing an analysis of tractor oil and transmission fluid will help determine whether or not they have to be changed. Samples should be taken to the dealership to identify potential problems before they even happen. Additionally, small metal particles could indicate wear that needs to be fixed before the occurrence of any malfunction.
Doing these things is very helpful to make sure that your equipment is at its best working condition and so that you can avoid any farm machinery repair that could cost a lot of money.