5 Ways to Prevent Equipment Breakdowns

| 7/27/2016 12:39:00 PM

Megan WildTake a look around the garage, pole barn or shed on your property and you'll see any number of tools, farm implements and other sorts of equipment that are used on a day-to-day basis. Although some may be more vital to the operations of your homestead than others, they all have a time and place.

With that in mind, it's important that you take the necessary steps in order to prevent breakdowns and preserve your equipment for years to come.

1. Maintain Adequate Records and Documentation

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Receipts, proof of ownership and other forms of documentation that are included with your equipment should always be kept somewhere safe. You never know when you'll have to refer to that proof-of-sale or warranty card, so it's important that this information is accessible when you actually need it. If possible, you may even consider digitizing this information for long-term preservation.

Moreover, it's always a good idea to keep detailed records regarding any upgrades, repairs or even preventative maintenance you've performed on your equipment. Not only does this help you maintain a regular schedule of maintenance, but it can also be called upon to help troubleshoot and identify any future problems.

2. Preventative Maintenance and Storage

Proper preventative maintenance is critical to safeguarding your equipment from stress or damage. What exactly constitutes proper preventative maintenance depends on the specific type of equipment you’re working with, but there are a few generalities to keep in mind.