When it comes to running a farm, your equipment is like your backbone. Without the use of your machines, your business would suffer greatly. However, equipment is expensive; any equipment you buy should be maintained properly so it lasts as long as possible!
Today, we want to compile a list of ways to keep your equipment in tip-top shape through easy regular maintenance. Remembering these steps will greatly reduce the number of equipment failures you experience, and keep you from having to prematurely purchase new equipment.
Keeping Your Equipment Clean
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your equipment will last is also the most obvious ones: keep it clean! A buildup of mud, snow, ice, grease, or dirt can lead to a clog in the equipment’s moving parts, shortening the machine’s lifespan over time.
Rust is one of the fastest equipment-killers in the industry. Even if the machine initially had a rust-preventing coating, that coating will eventually wear off, leaving the metal susceptible to the harsh environment. Keep a rust-preventative coating available at all times to avoid prematurely losing your equipment.
Protect Electronics & Wires
If the electronics in your equipment aren’t properly protected, they can be susceptible to dust, water, and the elements in general. Keeping wires secure and ensuring that their protective coating is free of cracks or dry spots will extend the life of your equipment.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your machine’s startup components, such as the alternator or starter. These parts are expensive to replace, so make sure they’re getting the attention they deserve during the cold winter months.
Storage is Key
Obviously, leaving your equipment outside to brave the elements is a bad idea if you plan for long-term use. Investing in an area that’s secure from extreme cold, wind, direct sunlight, and other environmental factors will drastically extend the life of your equipment.
Your machines go through enough wear-and-tear while they’re in use; protect them while they sit still! Once you have a storage space, this even limits the amount of maintenance to be done; simply remember to put your equipment away and it’ll be safe no matter what the weatherman predicts.
Your equipment is crucial to your farm and business as a whole. Make sure it gets the attention it deserves! In the market for new or used equipment? Contact us at Eagle Power Turf & Tractor today! Give us a call at 215-348-9041 or visit us at our Doylestown, PA location. We look forward to hearing from you!