Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

To achieve the most successful and profitable season possible, doing a preseason check up on your hay baler just as you would do on your car, allows you to find any issues before hay-day actually comes.

When the hay season is on the horizon, about three to six weeks from the date you will pull the machine out to begin work, start work on this checklist. (We have included a checklist worksheet at the bottom of this article to help)

When starting your preseason check, begin with the tire pressure; your machine won’t be going anywhere without functioning tires. Check the tire pressure of all tires and make sure the tires aren't excessively worn down.

Check belt and chain tension on your baler and make sure that everything is pulling smoothly. While you're there, oil all of those chains.

Check all lubrication points and add any needed lubrication to those spots to ensure a well-oiled machine.

The toolbox on your machine has some vital tools for the success of your harvest. Do a check of that box and ensure that those tools are in good working order and that all tools are in the box. The last thing you want is to be stuck out in the field without the tools you need. On that note, grab some spare parts from your local parts supplier like All States Ag Parts to keep on hand in your shed, such as some cutter blades, some extra twine or wrap. You want to have the small part ready when you need it, you don't want to miss any days of the season running to get a part or waiting to get one in.

Take a look at the gearbox fluid levels. A fresh set of fluids going into a new season can make your machine run even better, keeping you that much more productive.

Examine all of the cables and electrical wires, looking for cracks and possible damage. Also, check those drive belts for cracks. As a general rule, anything cracking inside your machine is an issue that needs to be resolved before you get into the field.

Finally, make sure all of those lug bolts are checked and tightened to the specifics of your machine and switch out those hydraulic system filters as a finishing touch.

Run your machine for a few minutes to get it warmed up and get it out in the field a few days before the hay-day. The first day or two will be spent making small changes and maintenance updates as they are found during the first day of actually processing the hay, but with this process, you will be ahead of the game in the field.

Did you know?

The saying, "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" has been around for a long time. Since hay gets destroyed if it gets too wet, the farmers used to take the oppertunity when the weather was hot and sunny to cut and gather the hay. Therefore, make hay while the sun shines began as a sensible and practical piece of farming advice.


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