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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com March 19, 2019 • Page 14 Salute to Agriculture Maintenance Key to Functioning Farms The family automobile is not the only piece of equipment that requires routine upkeep to ensure it is operating properly. Life on a farm can come to a screeching halt if farm equipment is not properly maintained. Farmers invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on agricultural equipment, such as tractors, tillers, hoppers, and dozers. Adhering to maintenance schedules can prevent breakdowns and decrease the need for potentially costly emergency repairs. Keep it clean Cleaning the surface of equipment can go a long way toward keeping it operating smoothly. Use a pressure washer to remove caked-on mud and other debris. Titan iron suppliers recommend quickly washing equipment after usage so that substances do not have the chance to harden. Learn the equipment Over time, it is possible to employ your senses of sight, sound and even smell to determine if equipment is working properly. Familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual so you can troubleshoot minor problems. Any unusual sounds, odors or responses from the gear should be noted. Routine maintenance checks Routinely inspect hoses, fittings, and seals to ensure they are in good working condition. Be sure fluids, such as coolant and oil, are at the proper levels. Check and replace filters as needed. Tires need to be properly inflated, and inspect the battery for corrosion or other signs that it may need to be replaced. Check belts for cracks. Tour the exterior of the equipment looking at signals and lights to ensure they are in proper working order. Hardware should be tightened and any missing pieces replaced. Heavy farm equipment needs motor oil, hydraulic oil and filters changed more frequently than automobiles. Such equipment also may need more frequent lubrication of chains and cables. Always check and inspect equipment prior to jobs requiring heavy and extended usage. Expect some welding Have a knowledgeable welder on call to make repairs as needed, or develop your skills to a point where you feel comfortable making your own spot repairs. The experts at Miller, producers of welding equipment, say cleaning the surface area and removing any paint, oil or corrosion from the metal area that needs repairing can make for smooth, durable welds. Multiprocess welding generators and accessories can ensure the right welds for repairs in the field or in the shop. Maintenance on farm equipment helps keep operations running along and protects expensive investments. MetroCreativeConnection More than a business... DEAN RYKEN General Manager 1504 East Hwy 50, Yankton, SD 57078 phone. 605.260.1522 or 866.760.3279 sttr@iw.net / fax. 605.260.1523 stockmenstrailersales.net The family farm is a lifestyle... it is an ideal worth preserving. Pritchett Twine Net Wrap & Ag Sales LLC We have one of the strongest brands of Netwrap you will ever put in your baler!! Products: •Net Wrap •Twine •Bale Film •Culbac •Hay Knife Sara Cuka Cell: 605-464-0362 Jerald Pritchett Cell: 402-340-4154 29675 427th Ave. Scotland, SD 57059 sara_pritchett@hotmail.com www.balernetwrap.com Dakota Plains Ag Center, LLC Offers •Speedy Unloading •Prompt Payments •Close To Home •More Time For What Matters We Ship Nationwide! Creating Solutions For Customer Success 30668 436th Ave, Yankton SD • 605-665-NAPA • www.dakotaplainsag.com
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