Your farm equipment is the backbone of your business, so regular maintenance is essential. This maximizes the life of the machine and reduces the possibility of failure, resulting in costly downtime.
If you have a bigger operation, you need to be as organized as possible to ensure that all parts of your farm equipment get the attention they need. If possible, schedule maintenance as often as possible so that you know what you need to do and when you need to do it. Don't try to take care of everything at once. Divide your maintenance into different phases so you don't feel overwhelmed and don't delay your actions. Record a detailed record of all maintenance activities so you can easily find out when you need to execute them again.
This sounds obvious, but having the right tools is critical to proper machine maintenance. Protect your tools from the elements so they are ready when you need them. If you are technically unskilled, hire a professional to take care of your maintenance to ensure that your work is completed in the first place.
There are several different ways to provide basic farm equipment maintenance. For example, for tractors, make sure the brakes and engine are running properly. Empty and clean the tank of any idle machine to reduce the possibility of an explosion. If your machine is running on battery power, disconnect the terminals before operation to avoid the risk of electric shock.
Store all machines properly and keep them clean. When using any kind of farm equipment, talk to your staff about wearing the right protective clothing. They should not wear any loose clothes or hanging jewels. Also, don't try to remove any type of blockage from the machine first, rather than turning it off first. Do not use petrol or other hazardous materials for cleaning.
Just as important as maintenance is that it is equally important to perform it safely. It is your responsibility to ensure that your employees are always safe, including daily work. You need to train them on the machine they are using so they can understand it from top to bottom. Whether you own a piece of land or a vast expanse of land, you need to make sure everything is as safe as possible.
You can also invest in your land by investing time in farm equipment maintenance. The more reliable your machine is, the smoother your operation will be.