Basic Tractor Maintenance

| 10/20/2020 10:19:00 AM


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As most of us know, when it comes to self-sufficiency, the more that you can do for yourself often saves time and money. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining your property's equipment and machinery. The tractor, being a heavily used piece of machinery, is a great place to start realizing basic tractor maintenance yourself. This post is not intended to be all inclusive in its coverage of basic tractor maintenance. It merely attempts to point out some of the primary areas of consideration for maintaining your tractor.

Tractor fuel, oil, filters, battery, tires, and brake maintenance

The Fuel. When the tractor's been stored for over a few months, it is a good idea to replace its old fuel with new. New fuel ensures a quality grade of fuel, without water build-up. Water build-up often results from condensation. This water build-up can accumulate and be distributed through the fuel lines. Water in the fuel lines can then be introduced into the engine, compromising the engine or its performance.

The Oil. The tractor's oil should be changed regularly, usually at 100 hour intervals, after a heavy use period or in particularly dusty operating conditions. Check the manufacturer's maintenance manual for the specific type of engine oil to be used.

Changing the Oil. To change the oil, make sure that the tractor is securely parked and free of movement. Place a large oil drip pan beneath the tractor's oil reservoir. Remove the plug screw. Allow the old oil to drain down into the drip pan. After the oil chamber has fully drained, replace and check the security of the plug screw. Open the oil refill cap, insert a funnel down into the oil chamber and refill with the recommended amount of new oil into the tractor.

10/22/2020 4:16:34 PM

Attachments all depend on what you plan to do with it. Are you haying? You'll need mower, rake, baler. That's my setup. If you are planting corn/wheat/soy you'll need other implements. Lots of good field tractors on craigslist for reasonable prices, such as John Deere 3020. If you are not familiar, find a neighbor or family member and get their advice. That's what I did.

10/22/2020 3:15:38 PM

Nice, but how about some advice for an about-to-begin farmer on what attachments are needed, what to look for in a used tractor and who can give unbiased advice on the condition and is it worthwhile to consider an old Farmall or Ford. Tnx

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