Is it just me, or does Horsey Blogger Land seem kinda slow right now? Is it spring time? The start of show season? Maybe everyone is sleeping off Rolex? Whatever your reason, I’m sharing that slow feeling and finding myself away from the computer more and more these days. I’m either outside spraying weeds, feeding chickens, checking for eggs, or loading hay onto the gator. Busy Busy
Spring is definitely in full swing around Rocking E, and I’m afraid to blink–or else find myself surprised by Oklahoma’s fierce summer fire-cracker heat. So before the heat rolls in and mowing season is in full swing, I wanted to brush up on my equipment maintenance. I know many of my readers are boarders (Praise Jesus), but one day you *might* find yourself with your own equipment.
As a woman who owns her own agriculture business, I feel very strongly that if I can contribute in any way to the daily operations of my farm, rather than paying someone else to do the work, I must do it. Not only do I want to save money on hired help, but I also want to prolong the life of my equipment. Our personal equipment list consists of two big-ticket machines: a John Deere tractor and a Hustler mower–both of which get the most mileage from me! They are practically my best friends in the summer time, and I want them to last as long as possible!
So, this week my to-do list includes a trip to the farm and ranch store for grease and grease guns! If you haven’t started your annual spring equipment maintenance, now is the perfect time to join me. Here is my basic plan of attack:
- Grease all lubricant joints. Anyplace your tractor moves, it requires grease. Set the grease gun on the lubricant fittings and pump until you see grease ooze out. If you don’t know where your fittings are, you can find a layout in your owner’s manual. My tractor has many grease fittings and I don’t want to miss any, so I’ve made a copy of my manual and plan to keep it in the tool-box secured on my tractor. Don’t forget, finishing mowers have grease points too! So check the fittings on your mower, as well.
- Check all fluids. The most important fluids to check are the engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, and hydraulic oil. Again, scour your manuals for specific instructions on the amount and type of fluid your equipment needs.
- Check filters. Tractors and mowers need to have their air filters checked regularly since they work outside in dirty and dusty conditions.
This list is intended for my small scope of maintenance at the beginning of mowing season. More extensive lists require checking the fittings, hoses, and belts on your machines. Just like it’s important to know your horse inside and out, it’s equally important to know your machines! Watch your gauges for spikes in pressure and temperature. Listen for any odd sounds that might indicate needed maintenance.
Do you own your own tractor or other farm equipment? Do you think you will in the future? I never pictured myself doing my own farm equipment maintenance, but here I am!