Preventive Maintenance Saves Time and Money
The preparation of machines before the new season is an integral part of the winter work of each and every farmer. What tasks to do? How to prevent problems with the machine during the season? What spare parts to have at the farm? Continue reading to find out more.
Machine Maintenance before the New Season
The preparation of machines for the upcoming season is a necessary obligation for each farmer who does not want to lose time with machine repairs during the main season. The basic maintenance items include the following tasks:
- Replacement of excessively worn parts with new ones
- Checking tightness of all bolt connections
- Checking that all pins are secured against loss with safety pins
- Checking the functionality and integrity of the electric system
- Lubricating all points of lubrication with grease corresponding to the given type of connection
- Checking the filling level in machines with automatic grease dispensers
- Checking pressure in machines with tires
- Checking all connections and their functionality in hydraulic circuits
Main Reasons for Basic Maintenance of the Machine before Season
Working with excessively worn working parts can cause excessive load on the machine frame, leading to failure to operate properly and to increased tractive resistance. If a problem with a dispenser is detected in machines with automatic grease dispensers, the dispenser has to be replaced.
Own Inventory Stock
The wear and tear of the working parts during a season can be substantial. Therefore, it is necessary that farmers have their own inventory of spare parts in stock. One of the reasons for your own spare parts inventory stock is the anticipated level of wear. Another reason is the potential loss of a working part and the necessity to replace the lost piece with a new one as fast as possible in order to be able to operate properly.
Working without the working part wears down the share beams. That may bring higher financial cost than immediate replacement of the lost working part. Everyone who wants to have their technology in a perfect condition can do the maths.
There is no rule that would say what amount of working parts should be kept in stock. The level of wear depends on the type of processed soil. Farmers’ experience shows that it is convenient to have one full set of working parts to equip the whole machine in stock.