Nothing is more important to the hard-working farmer during harvest season than their hard-working equipment. Just as important as that equipment, however, is that farmer’s ability to maintain it!
Giving your harvest season equipment the maintenance it requires is the best way to get the most out of your harvest and ensure worker safety and the lifespan of the equipment itself. Downtime, costly repairs, and accidents are just a few of the risks that you run by failing to do so.
Harvest season is upon us — follow these simple prep steps to ensure that your equipment delivers the best possible performance when it matters the most this fall.
Is your inventory up to date? This will help you determine how many pieces of harvest season equipment you actually have, use, and need, and it will also give you a clear picture of what type of maintenance each one requires.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Use your equipment management system to schedule the following tasks for each piece of your inventory:
- Scan the equipment for immediate problems
- Check, change, and top-off fluids
- Change filters
- Inspect and replace any hoses, fittings, seals, and other worn or loose parts
- Adjust bats and brushes
- Inspect wheel bearings and inspect/inflate wheels and tires as needed
- Check for signs of wear
- Prevent rust by thoroughly washing and properly storing all equipment
As you complete these tasks, document them in your equipment management system. This will serve as a great reference later on for how often each piece of equipment will require which type of maintenance as you work season-to-season. Need more guidance on preventative maintenance? Off-season maintenance tasks are typically a useful reference for what you should also do before the season starts.
No farmer can afford to grow lax about harvest season safety procedures. Time spent on education for your employees is the only way to prevent future downtime caused by equipment damage and/or accidents. Here’s a good refresher for you.
Don’t forget to update your AMS equipment! Software updates, component inspections, and off-site data back-up are crucial to protecting your valuable data.
When it comes to the bigger and most important pieces of harvest season equipment, nothing beats the professional service that Hurst Farm Supply provides. To help ensure that you have the most successful harvest season possible, we offer multi-point inspections for your tractors, AMS equipment, cotton strippers, and more. If any malfunctions are identified, and any adjustments are needed, our staff of certified John Deere technicians has what it takes to get you back on track.
For professional help making sure your harvest season equipment is good to go come harvest time, click below to schedule service at your nearest Hurst Farm Supply location today.