To ensure uninterrupted service and to avoid losses, proper maintenance of farm equipment is necessary. Moreover, repairing the machines can be quite expensive once they breakdown. Here are 10 tips to keep your farm machinery running.
Train your workers. By knowing how to properly operate the equipment, it will reduce cases of the machines breaking down. Employees should also be taught how to maintain the equipment. This includes supervisors and managers.
Clean the machines. Get rid of dirt to avoid any buildup. This will help the machines to run well at all times. Cleanup is especially important before you store the equipment. Cleaning up the machine will help you spot any damages that might be on it.
Lubricate the machines using oil on a regular basis. This reduces friction on the equipment and helps to reduce wear and tear. Make sure to use a good quality lubricant at all times.
Service the machine on a regular basis. This will help to prolong its life by helping to take care of any issues that are starting to crop up. In addition, keep track of these repairs, so that you can know the maintenance history of the equipment and know when it should next take place.
Remember to use the right tool for the right job. Using a tool incorrectly can lead to it getting damaged. It could also result in the operator getting injured or the job not being done properly.
Scan the area you want to work on beforehand. This will help you spot any dangers that could lead to the equipment getting damaged. For instance, if there are any rocks or potholes that are a potential hazard to your tools. By scanning the area, you can get rid of the dangers before you start working on the area.
When storing the equipment, make sure to store them in a clean and dry place, away from weather elements. If possible, keep them in a shaded area. If this is not possible, make sure to keep them covered to avoid getting them wet in rainy weather.
Fuel the machines adequately before you start using them. Always check that you have enough fuel for the job that you are about to do. Therefore, always keep an eye on the amount of fuel you are using and what is left at the end of the day. It can be quite frustrating to get stuck out in the field in the middle of a job.
Operate the machine in a well ventilated area. This will prevent the buildup of any toxic fumes from the machine. For instance, consider using the tool outdoors, where there is plenty of air instead of indoors, in an enclosed space.
Last but not least, read the manual of any machine that you buy. This will help you know how you are supposed to take care if it. Even if you have a similar machine, reading the manual can give you some handy tips that you may have forgotten or that you might not even know. Then practice what you have read.