Winter could give you more free time to make repairs to your farming equipment. You need to prepare your equipment for any season to make sure that they stay in good condition. By doing so, you can save money on future repairs during the planting and harvesting season.
Here are steps to help you maintain farming equipment:
1. Check Your Storage Tanks
An aboveground storage tank (AST) is essential for your farm operations. Whether it stores heating oil or vehicle fuel, you need to ensure that got through the API 653 inspection. Heartland Tank Services explains that the inspection is crucial to tank longevity as well as compliance with state regulations. The standard inspection includes checking on the foundation, internal PVC liner, ancillary equipment, and other relevant features of your AST.
2. Clean Your Farming Equipment
Winter can make power washing difficult but you need to keep off any dirt and plant debris from your farm equipment. These tools hold moisture, which can make steel rust faster. You can also use a vacuum to remove pests and other debris from the machinery wirings. Cleaning them could spare you from costly repairs.
3. Keep Batteries Charged or Disconnected
Choosing between these two options depends on your circumstances. If you plan to use the machinery through winter, keep it fully charged. Otherwise, just disconnect the battery to prevent any chances of leaks.
4. Check Your Fuel and Fluids
Standard diesel fuel is available in two grades: 1-D and 2-D. Diesel engines will need 1-D during the winter. If there still any 2-D left in your tractor, get rid of it. 1-D is more suitable since it gels at a low temperature. 2-D does not work well in winter. But it’s energy-rich and the recommended fuel to use for the rest of the year.
You probably need to change to an engine coolant that’s suitable for winter. It’s also the same with the other types of engine oil. Always use the recommended blend. Keep the machine’s fuel and hydraulic tanks full. This will prevent the water from entering tanks once spring arrives.
5. Time to Devote Full Time for Repairs
During the planting and harvest season, it’s difficult to make time for repairs. Now that winter has arrived, you finally have more time on your hands. Put that to good use by inspecting and making repairs to your planters, sprayers, combine, and other equipment.
Maintaining your farming equipment during winter can save you time and money. The cold season provides you the opportunity to check on your storage tanks or machinery and make needed repairs.