Get Your Machinery Ready For Spring
Before you head to the field, make sure you prepare your tractor. Like any other farming
equipment, if properly stored this should be a simple task.
However, there are few things to consider before turning it on.
First thing first, walk around the tractor. Ensure all safety devices and shielding are there
and in correct working order. Verify warning flashers, turn signals, check seat belts, and if
equipped, make sure that cab doors close properly.
To avoid disasters, pay attention to the engine. Inspect your engine and address any fluid or
exhaust leaks that can be a fire hazard. Also, take a look at hoses and belts, for any signs
of deterioration or cracking. Make sure that air filters are clean and your engine is
Adjust your tire pressure and ensure that you have them as low as you possibly can
according to tire recommendations. 10 PSI or less is ideal.
If your tractor is or will soon reach its scheduled oil and filter service, perform these services
before you start work in the spring. Check fuel filters and tanks, and if needed change filters
and drain water from tanks.
When it comes to the electrical, start by checking how your tractor reacts when starting it
up. If you notice it’s slow to turn over, it is probably due to drained batteries.
Don’t wait any longer. You may need to call a professional to do it for you.
Lastly, don’t forget to get farm insurance!