Tackling Winter Equipment Maintenance Tasks


Josh BoydWith the bitter cold months of winter, comes an inevitable slow period for many small farms. The winter lull typically serves as a time of reflection for the farmer, filled with a staunch sense of satisfaction toward successes of the past, and tedious ponderings of shortcomings from the previous year.

However, like most who take enjoyment in the rural lifestyle are so well aware, there is no such thing as true downtime on the farm, and the winter is no exception. The winter months offer the distinct opportunity to repair what has failed, and prepare what must be ready at a moment’s notice.

The equipment that one uses from season to season is every bit as valuable to farm operation as the ground that we work. Tractors and implements serve to facilitate the end goal for which we strive, through mechanical means. In the absence of proper equipment operation, our efforts often fall short, and frustrations build. For this reason, it is of immense value to formulate a regular equipment maintenance plan, which is to be carried out without fail.

No time is as ripe for such endeavors as the idle period of winter. After all, putting off until tomorrow, what you could have done today can cost you dearly when it comes to equipment maintenance. Utilizing the winter months as a time for seeing to all items of equipment maintenance, allows you to handle the task at hand, before constant spring chores dwindle your free time to a minimum.

Where to Begin?

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When it comes to equipment maintenance, few items come to mind quite as quickly as our beloved tractors. First and foremost, you should tend to matters of basic service, if they have not been seen to recently. Engine oil is the lifeblood of your tractor’s power plant, and neglecting to change it at standard service intervals is asking for catastrophic mechanical failure. Handle this task before it gets forgotten among the clutter of spring.

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