Getting a new tractor is exciting. While it's natural to want to put it to work right away, doing that may seriously decrease its longevity. In this blog post, we discuss how to break in your new tractor.
In speaking to Living the Country Life, John Deere senior marketing representative Mike Daly said that owners should break in their new tractors for between 100 and 500 hours before using it to its full capacity.
"We usually suggest that at least 30% of that time is under heavy loads and then various conditions throughout the rest of the break-in period," Daly said. "What that will do is give this wear mechanism a chance to occur, so that the piston rings and the piston liners will match-fit to each other so that there's a good mating surface there throughout the life of the engine."
The danger, as Daly discussed, is an improper fit between the piston rings and liners. If there are inconsistencies, built up excess oil in the system can cause corrosion quicker or the cylinder bore may become deformed.
Break-in times can vary based on the engine types and the type of oil used. For example, iron cylinder bores break-in slower than those made out of aluminum, and some oils are made specifically for the break-in period.
The speed and load you run your tractor at also affects the length of the break-in period. For faster results, vary both loads and speeds, but keep the maximum of both at moderate levels.
After your tractor is broken in, Daly recommends using heavy duty off road diesel engine oil. For its future maintenance needs, we're here to find the right parts to make sure your tractors keep working as hard as you do.