Winter may still be upon us but there is no better time to get your equipment ready for spring! Tractors can finally come out of hibernation. February and March are great months for tractor maintenance to prepare for more frequent use in warmer weather.
This post will help you begin the the de-winterizing process to ensure that your tractors are safe and ready for spring.
Check it Out: Look around your tractor for anything that seems out of the ordinary — was there something you meant to fix at the end of last season and didn’t get around to? Make a list of replacement parts you may need and search for them at www.tractor-part.com to find the best price on parts.
Good Clean: Give your machine a good clean before using to ensure ideal performance. Debris may be caked on, so use solution or soap and water to get rid of stains. Rust dissolver can easily remove rust from your machine if you should find any.
Fuel: Because your machine has not been used over the winter months, your fuel is probably not the same quality it was when you filled it. Your best bet is to start with a fresh tank of gas.
Oil: Changing the oil before your first use of the spring season is a good precautionary measure to ensure best performance.
Battery: Consider placing a battery charge maintainer on your battery before use. This will bring your battery to a full charge, ensuring optimal performance.
Spark Plugs: You may notice the need for new spark plugs during your general inspection. Once you buy the right replacement spark plugs use a heavy-duty lubricant for ease in future disassembly.
Air Filter: To help your machine run better, replace your air filter once a year to ensure it is free of dirt and pollen.
Fuel and Oil Filter: For larger tractors, checking the fuel and oil filter is necessary before use. Replace your oil filter every 50 hours of use.
Lubrication: Lubricant is ideal for cleaning, lubricating and repelling dirt on the gears of your machines. Use the lubricant on any moving parts to get them ready for use.
Bolts: Tighten any bolts around the handle of your machine that might have loosened over time.
Grease Fittings: Use a grease gun to grease any fittings on your machine.
Tires: Check the air pressure on your tractor tires before use. You can find the correct psi listed on the side wall. If you find that you need replacement tires do a search for them with the make and model of your machine at www.tractor-part.com.
You will definitely thank yourself for having taken the time to prepare your equipment before the long, busier days are here.