The tractor is the mother of all farm equipment, therefore proper maintenance is essential. A well maintained tractor will bring years of great service and savings on repairs. The attachment parts of a tractor also need to be well maintained. Since, tractor usage is based on hours rather than kilometers, maintenance can be a bit tricky. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for maintenance of tractors and their attachment parts.
Pull out the Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual provides useful information like intervals for routine maintenance. It also has the specifications of the tractor attachment parts, chassis lubrication, fluids, engine, and battery. This basic information will get you started on tractor maintenance requirements. Bad maintenance is much worse than no maintenance at all. The owner’s manual also contains valuable information regarding the proper usage of the tractor.
Check the Fluids
Regular oil changes will be required to maintain the longevity of your tractor. A good way to do this is to turn on the engine, let it get warm, and check the oil levels. This will help you decide whether the oil needs changing or not. Another good maintenance habit is to check radiator fluid, regularly. You don’t want your tractor components overheating and breaking down on you.
Tractor batteries often come with an electrolyte solution that needs to be changed. Read your owner’s manual to find out if battery fluids need replenishing.
Friction Between Moving Parts
Tractor components are prone to wear and tear due to friction. That is why tractors often have more grease fittings than most heavy duty vehicles. Grease you tractor components as and when required. Make a list of all the grease fitting so you can check them off as you grease them.
Change the Filters
Air filters get clogged with plant debris, insects, mud, and snow. Well cleaned air filters keep your tractor running efficiently. Clean or replace your air filters as required. Fuel filters similarly impact the tractor’s performance. Do the same for them as well.
Search for Leaks
Inspect your tractor before you put it to work. Oil leaks, fuel leaks, and radiator leaks can all significantly hinder its performance.
Clean the Tractor and its Attachment Parts
Farm work is dirty work. A lot of sediment gets built up in the openings of the tractor, bogging it down. Same goes for attachment parts. Running an efficient tractor means cleaning it up regularly. Don’t let the pride of your farm look like a pigsty.
Today, tractors are more complex than ever. 4WD and power steering tractors have greater maintenance requirements. You should consult technicians before you go about on the maintenance of modern equipment. However, these modern tractors are well worth the effort. Check out the latest tractors on the market at Heavy Duty Direct.