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Keep your sprayer in peak operating condition
No one likes problems, particularly when the “to do” list is long and every minute counts. When it comes to sprayers, there are a number of ways to prevent problems, but none may pay as great a return as a thorough program of pre-season maintenance for your equipment.
Well-maintained equipment is ready when the job needs to be done, has a longer useful life, is safer for operators to run and commands higher resale value at trade-in time. Equipment that works properly also allows you achieve more accurate application. Most importantly, thorough, regular equipment maintenance helps minimize your in-season downtime to optimize productivity on your farm.
Get with the Program
Maintenance is something that should happen throughout the entire year, but preseason maintenance may be the most critical.
If you fly solo on developing a maintenance program or are looking for ways to enhance your current program, Ag-Chem’s team of technical sales engineers created the following checklist. It provides major areas to address to get your equipment ready for the upcoming season.
- Check the liquid product delivery system. It is the heart of accurate application. Make sure the following components are calibrated and functioning properly: product pump, flow meter, control valve, controller, product plumbing, boom valves, nozzles and nozzle bodies.
- Be sure wiring is intact and proper wire protection is in place. Wiring also should be secured and out of way to prevent wires being pulled or rubbed, resulting in unnecessary downtime.
- Inspect hydraulic hoses for wear. Excessive rubbing could cause a costly failure in season.
- Change fluids and filters at all scheduled intervals.
- Accurately inflate tires. This is extremely important due to the loads and speeds that today’s machines carry.
- Check all lighting to make sure it is functional for both roadway and in-field operation.
- Properly maintain and lubricate steering components.
- Visually inspect all hardware and fasteners to make certain they are present, properly torqued and free of rust.
- Clean the machine appropriately to prevent premature rust from crop protection chemicals.
Remember, your service provider is available to help with pre-season preventative maintenance inspection and repair in those areas where you may not havethe experience, expertise or equipment to complete the task. Often, they offer cost competitive pre-season maintenance and service packages. They’re also a great resource for additional information that helps maximize your productivity. Examples include:
- Determining the items on your machine to inspect and when to check them
- Recommending replacement parts to keep on hand for quick in-season repairs
- Setting dates for preventative maintenance inspections to ensure you are as ready as possible for whatever the season brings.