Springtime is coming, and it’s not just about the flowers in bloom. It’s time to grab your work boots and focus on some good ol’ tractor maintenance before farming season hits.
Tractor Maintenance – What to Check for Farming Season
We’ve got a checklist of tractor safety items, tractor maintenance tips, and general maintenance recommendations to get your tractor out of hibernation and ready for farming season.
#1 – Change or Top Off Fluids
Chances are, your tractor has been resting for the winter season. This dormant state needs revival before getting back to the grind of farm work. One of the first steps to tractor maintenance is to check, change, and/or top off all fluid levels. Fluids to check may include:
After checking fluids, check any filters and change them if necessary. Having full levels of fresh fluids and clean filters will get your tractor humming and prevent damage to your equipment. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
#2 – Test Ignition System
Tried and true tractor tips include testing the ignition system to ensure your tractor can haul heavy loads and work as long as you can. Ignition system tractor maintenance should include:
- Check the electrical connections.
- Test the battery- ensure a strong spark and easy turnover
- Check the alternator- there may be an indicator gauge or dimming lights as a clue
- Pay attention to dash signals
- Change the air filter
#3 – Inspect Hoses & Belts
Want a simple tractor safety tip: Inspect belts and hoses! This step of tractor maintenance may save you the headache of being forced to stop in the middle of a job to fix something you may have caught earlier. Don’t get caught with your pants down- check your belts and hoses including:
- Signs of wear and tear
- Clamps are secure
- Proper tension to prevent slippage
#4 – Check Tires & Brakes
Tires and brakes are key features- proper maintenance of both will increase your tractor’s operating efficiency and safety. Check:
- Tire inflation/pressure
- Brakes operate smoothly
If the tires won’t make it through the season, get ahead of the game with new tires- the retired ones will make a creative planter bed!
Not sure if you’re missing any maintenance checks? The team at Keno Tractors can guide you, answer questions, and help you with any attachments you need to get rolling.