Your machinery is vital, especially when you rely on it to complete everyday essential jobs that would take far too long to feasibly complete by hand. As someone who uses agricultural machinery every day, you most likely know your machinery like the back of your hand however, that does not necessarily mean that you aware of the true importance of preventative machinery maintenance.
Too often, issues that once were small – spiral into larger problems that can ultimately leave you without working machinery. These small issues have only grown to become larger ones as no one actively sought out to spot them before they did.
That is why we highly encourage you to take your agricultural machinery preventative maintenance seriously.
Find out our top tips below and see how important these preventative measures truly are.
1. Be sure to clean your agricultural machinery regularly.
We understand that your machinery is used to get the job done and no one cares whether it sparkles or not however, cleaning your agricultural machinery does play a key part in keeping it working at its best.
Cleaning involves removing any dirt, salt, dust and debris from both the external and internal elements of your machinery. Remove any dust build-up from the air filter, lubricate all the necessary bolts and components and don’t forget to clean the cabin!
2. Look out for common wear and tear signs.
More often than not, there are identifiable signs of wear and tear that you can spot if you are being proactive about it.
Whether it is oil leaks, grease build-ups, faulty/damaged lights or strange noises coming from your machinery – spotting these general signs of wear and tear is a great step in preventative maintenance.
Be sure to replace, fix and resolve any issues you find, even if it means calling in the experts such as our team at DC Merrett to do so!
3. Act quickly when there are signs of rust.
Rust is a true burden for anyone. The effects of rust and corrosion on your agricultural machinery can be devastating. That is why we recommend investing in rust prevention coating as it will help reduce any rust from spreading and causing further damage.
If possible, store your agricultural machinery in a space that is sheltered and dry.
4. Keep track of all maintenance work completed.
We appreciate that you most likely may have more than one piece of machinery that you use. That is why the prospect of regularly performing maintenance on them could seem like an unrealistic task however, this does not have to be the case.
Keeping a log that captures all of the information, work and issues you have gone through with each piece of machinery will help you keep on track. It will also prevent you from wasting time performing maintenance more often than required and it will help to stop you from forgetting to check your machinery.
5. Trust experts to tackle and fix any issues you are unsure of.
Of course, we are aware that for many, preventative maintenance of their agricultural machinery seems ideal but, may not be something that can fit in with their busy schedule.
That is why it is always worth calling upon a skilled and reliable team of experts to service and help maintain your machinery. Whether it is a simple task or a more complex one, there isn’t a task our team at DC Merrett can’t handle.
If you are unsure of how to fix something or if something isn’t right with your equipment, call someone in to help.
We have a 10,000 sq ft workshop readily available on-site. It is kitted out with some of the best industry-standard equipment, allowing our team to quickly and efficiently get work done and this helps reduce your overall machinery downtime.