Post-Harvest Maintenance TipsThe goal of post-harvest maintenance is to prepare equipment for the next usage, whether that is next month, next spring or next fall. Without a proper inspection after fall use, farmers will likely have to spend more time and resources fixing equipment later – time that could be spent in the field.
1. Clean tractor exterior and interior. Start with an air compressor to blow away dirt and crop debris inside and out. This helps remove unwanted seeds that can transfer to other fields where they don’t belong. Also, debris attracts rodents that can damage electrical components. Follow up with a pressure wash to remove stubborn dirt and grime. Then wax to restore paint shine and provide protection from UV rays and chemical residues.
2. Touch up scratches and bare spots with tractor paint from All States Ag Parts.
3. Clean the radiator, condensers, and coolers with compressed air and water. Always blow the opposite direction of air travel to remove dirt and debris. An 1/8” of grime can act like 2” of insulation when it comes to keeping cast iron parts cool.
4. Take care of the interior. Increase comfort and reduce fatigue by replacing or repairing worn seats. Also repair or replace damaged upholstery panels in the cab to insulate and reduce noise. All States Ag Parts carries a nice selection of cab upholstery kits as well as a huge selection of seats.
5. Check weather stripping around doors and windows to ensure a snug fit. These help improve climate control, and help prevent dust and chemical vapors from entering the cab.
6. Changing oil and filters prior to storage will prepare equipment for the next season.
7. Lubricate all grease fittings and exposed metal surfaces that slide in and out of seals to prevent rust and corrosion.