Tips for Getting Your Equipment Through Harvest SeasonChris Beerman
You spend months working toward the harvest, but when the time comes, do you feel prepared?
We’ve got a few industry pointers for getting your equipment through the harvest season without any hassles.
It’s not too early (or too late) to prepare your equipment for a plentiful harvest!
Preparing Your Equipment for Harvest Season
No matter if you’re using tractors, plows, drills, or another type of harvesting machinery, broken equipment can set you way back.
You should spend some time preparing machinery to take on the heavy activity of the season.
1. Give Equipment a Thorough Cleaning
The best way to inspect your machinery thoroughly is to work with clean equipment.
Dried grass and field debris should be cleared away from nooks and crannies. Dust and grime should be wiped away to be able to judge the wear and tear underneath.
If machinery has sat for a while in a barn or storage unit, nature has likely tried to take over. You may find mold or critters settled around the engine.
A deep cleaning will allow you to see and assess any damage that may have occurred from dry rot, rust or mold since last season.
2. Inspect for Wear and Proper Lubrication
Once your equipment is clean (or perhaps while you’re cleaning), you should inspect the individual pieces for signs of wear.
Chips in the blades or dulled edges can cause a lot of problems for equipment once it gets into the thick of the harvest. Some blades or chopper knives can be reversed to be used like new for another season. Don’t rely on this, though.
Should you need to order in replacement parts, or schedule a service call, you could be looking at several days before your repairs can be completed and your equipment ready to work.
Inspecting equipment a few weeks to a month before harvest time, will give you a buffer window to complete those unforeseen repairs.
3. Calibrate, Adjust and Perform Trial Run
Once you’ve determined that equipment is well enough to last another season, it’s time to do the calibrating. Adjust old or new blades and check that all belts, chains and joints are running smoothly and properly lubricated.
Damaged chains and belts can break instantly and cause a major upset in the thick of the harvest. Not to mention that repairs are never as easy in the middle of a grown field as they are in a barn or storage unit.
Once you’ve finished your calibrations, take you machines on a trial run. Move them from their resting places and test out their function on a portion of crops nearby. Keep a constant eye and ear out while doing so to ensure everything functions cleanly.
Resources for Harvest Season
Now that the long, hot days of summer are fading into fall, it’s time to set plans in action for harvest season and winter.
If you’re new to farming, or if you just appreciate a few tips of the trade, you can always find resources and advice at the Legacy Farm and Lawn blog.
If you’re looking for equipment (new or used) or would like to know more about our the benefits of owning a Deere, visit the Legacy Farm and Lawn website today!