Tractors, swathers, and other farm equipment have always been a sight to see, mainly due to their incredible size and power. Unfortunately, that same size and power can easily malfunction and breakdown if not properly maintained. These machines are very expensive, so to get your money’s worth out of them, follow these three easy tips from Banga’s Equipment to extend the life of your heavy-duty farm machinery.
Tip #1 Be Mindful of Your Fluid Levels
Everybody knows it’s important to watch the oil levels in your car, so you can bet that the same principle applies to farm equipment. Lubrication is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your equipment, but it must be done properly without mixing fluids. Consult the owner’s manual on which products are best and how to apply them.
If you’re using your equipment all day long, it won’t hurt to check it at the end of the day to make sure there are no problems. It may take a few extra minutes, but it will save you expensive repairs in the long run.
Tip #2 Keep Your Shop Clean
Seems pretty basic, right? Honestly, a fair amount of farmers struggle with this as there’s very little time in their schedules for shop maintenance. Leaving trash or food in your cab is a great way to attract mice and other pests that will bury themselves deep in your machine.
Keeping all of your tools and parts neatly stored and organized is the way to go. The last thing you need is to have that one wrench, which you swore you were holding two seconds ago, vanish during an important repair or get mixed in with your oily rags.
Tip #3 Improve Your Winter Storage
Unlike our fellow farmers to the south, Canadian farms are not operational year round, with most operations ceasing long before the first snow. However, storing equipment improperly during the winter can cause problems to build-up. Avoid a late start this season by removing any batteries and bringing them into a warm house where they won’t freeze.
Even if you’re stowing all of your equipment in a closed shop, throwing a tarp over your machinery will give it an extra layer against the elements.
Don’t find yourself in the field with a broken down tractor and your tools out of reach—give Banga’s Equipment a call today at 403-223-5969 or check us out online for our wide selection of farm equipment.