With all of the extreme weather spring time brings, it is important to keep your equipment clean. Whether you believe cleaning is an essential part of maintenance or not, keeping debris out of unsealed areas on your tractor can actually save you time and money later.
Even if you have not been affected by the wildfires in the central states, the conditions in Oklahoma and Kansas are a prime example of keeping your equipment clean. If you’ve never been to this particular part of the U.S. let me tell you, even when it’s not windy, it is windy! The plains have few trees and even less hills with lots of tumbleweeds. The wildfires that have been burning this past week have produced a lot of smoke and ash. The winds in this area can carry debris for miles. In instances like this, although a severe example, here are a few tips in keeping your equipment clean and running smoothly.
As a general rule, air filters should be cleaned weekly, if not daily, depending on the conditions. Much of the time a tractor is spent in a dusty field. Make sure you use an air compressor to clean the filter. If it doesn’t come clean using the compressor, then it needs to be replaced. It is also good to clean it several times during a week to make sure it hasn’t been damaged.
Typically, a new filter isn’t very costly, but it is still a good idea to know how to check and clean one. It doesn’t hurt to have one or two extra filters on hand either. Many manufacturers recommend cleaning or changing the fuel filter around 200 hours. You should refer to the manual to see what the manufacturer recommends on using to clean the filter, many recommend kerosene.
Debris that could clog up your radiator screen may cause your tractor to overheat if you are not diligent in cleaning when you have finished working in the field or worksite. Mud, insects, pollen, leaves and petals off of flowering trees are especially a problem this time of year. You can use water to clean the screen, but if the screen is covered with dirt you may be better off using an air compressor so you don’t make matters worse by turning it into muddy clumps.
Your tractor may not be a sports car but it should be pampered like it is. Keep your equipment in good working condition. Cleaning will help you spot any damage, leaks or maintenance that you might not have otherwise seen.
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