You don’t want to start your day by dealing with a tractor that is not willing to start. The tractor, like any piece of machinery, can break down any time. How can you reduce its chances of breaking down? Well, you take care of it well.
There are several checks you can run every morning on your tractor to ensure that it will run fine throughout the day.
Don’t jump on to your tractor just yet. Take a walk around it and visually inspect it. A large part of the tractor is open for you to take a look.
A simple visual inspection can catch a myriad of problems like dirt build ups, leaks, cracks or physical damage.
Radiator Fluid Level
No radiator fluid results in an overheated or smoking engine. You don’t want to stop your work to either put the engine off or run to get your coolant for the engine. Checking it before you start the engine just saves you a lot of trouble. Even mistakenly running the engine without radiator fluid can result in damaging the tractor engine.
Dirt and debris can get into your tractor’s fan belt. If this happens then your engine will stutter to a stop. If you do find or feel any debris on the fan belt, have it cleaned before you gun the engine. Utilize a pressure washer to give the fan a wash without having to disassemble it. A good pressure washer easily gets rid of the dirt and debris.
Engine oil is simply a lubricant that ensures your engine runs smoothly. Use the dipstick to ensure there is enough oil. Also, check the hydraulic and transmission fluid.
If there is a serious problem with your tire pressure, it would be easily noticeable with the visual inspection. You can also kick the tire to check the tightness. However, the best way to check the tire pressure is to use a pressure gauge. This way you can accurate know the air pressure of your tires. Ideally the pressure should be at 14.5 PSI.
If you are working in a particularly dirty location, you’ll want to check the air filter. Dirt, dust and crop residue can lead to inefficient mixing of fuel, resulting in thick black smoke appearing from the exhaust.
Start the day with low fuel and the tractor will break down while you are working. Always ensure that tractor has, at least, more than half the tank full.
Tractors are a necessity for any farm. You can find a range of them on Heavy Duty Direct.