We recently discussed on this blog some tips to follow if you are putting your tractor in storage for the winter, but what if you plan on using your machine through the coldest months of the year? You'll need to take some extra steps to make sure it is running optimally:
Add a fuel conditioner
If you plan to operate your tractor in the coming winter season, be sure to add a fuel conditioner that has been approved by the manufacturer, to keep everything flowing smoothly.
After the fall harvest, machines are often covered in dirt and grime. Now is a good time to give everything a good scrubbing, inside and out.
Clear the windows
If you discover snow and/or ice on your tractor windows, scrape them clear before driving for safety.
Consult the manual
It's always a good idea to skim through your manual for specific tips and advice, since each machine is slightly different. If you don't have your tractor's original manual, look for it on our simple online hub. The digital database instantly searches millions of listings to connect you with sellers who have the exact item you need, saving you valuable time.
Get everything in working order
Even if you aren't putting your machine to bed for the winter, it's a good idea to give everything a good once-over before the cold hits. It's often easier to make adjustments while temperatures are still relatively warm. "Lubricants and greases become thicker in colder temperatures, making it more difficult to operate equipment in extreme cold. A lighter fluid such as Cenex Superlube TMS 10W-30 is a good engine oil for cold weather and winter work," Jim Rossbach, director of technical services and quality at CHS, tells Agriview. "At the very least, clean off the dirt and grime, change the oil and filters, make sure there are fresh fluids in the tractor and top off or check the cooling system so that it's ready to go when you need it."
After cleaning your tractor, you'll want to visually inspect it from top to bottom. Look for wear and tear, damage and other red flags that could spell trouble down the road. Take a look at everything from your machine's filters to its headlights, making sure that everything is in working order. If you need to replace any parts, you can also find and order them through our digital hub, and have them shipped right to your door.
Let it warm up
If the mercury is dropping, let the tractor warm up before putting it to work. This will prevent putting unnecessary strain on the engine.
Spend a little extra time preparing your machine for the colder weather, and you'll save time in the long run! Remember that you should always plan for temperatures at least 30 degrees colder than your area typically sees.
Do you plan to run your tractor this winter?