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Posted: 05/20/2022

Farm and Tractor Maintenance Tips

If you're a farmer, then you know that tractor maintenance is essential to keeping your equipment running properly. At Arnold Motor Supply, we carry a wide range of tractor and farm maintenance supplies, including spray paint, spark plugs, hydraulic fluid, fuses, wiring, filters, sealants, batteries - you name it! In this blog post, we'll provide some tips on how to maintain your tractor and keep it in good working condition. 

Tip 1: Take a Look At Your Tractor

A quick visual inspection of your tractor, and any other hard-working farm equipment you're going to need, will help you get an idea of what needs to be done on the outer surfaces. Remember, a fresh coat of paint isn't just good for looks, it can also help prevent rust. 

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Tip 2: Test Your Tractor's Switches and Gauges

Before you take your tractor out to work, make sure all the switches and gauges are in good working condition. This includes the headlights, taillights, turn signals, brake lights, and horn. Farm equipment will have additional hazard lights and levers that need to be tested as well. 

Tip 3: Inspect Your Tractor's Belts and Hoses

Before operating your tractor, it's important to inspect all the belts and hoses for cracks or leaks. These are critical components of your tractor, and if they're not in good condition, they can lead to serious problems in the field.

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Tip 4: Check Your Fluid Levels

One of the most important aspects of tractor maintenance is checking and changing your fluids. This includes the engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Each of these fluids has a different interval for how often they need to be changed, so consult your owner's manual for more information. 

Tip 5: Keep Your Tractor Clean

Another important tip for tractor maintenance is to keep it clean. This means washing off any dirt, mud, or debris that's accumulated on the surface. It's also important to clean the interior of your tractor, including the dashboard and controls. 

Tip 6: Check Your Tires

Your tractor's tires are another important component that needs to be checked on a regular basis. Look for any cracks, cuts, or other damage that could cause a blowout. You should also check the air pressure and tread depth of your tires to ensure they're in good condition. 

Tip 7: How Are Your Filters?

Your tractor has a number of filters that need to be checked and changed on a regular basis, including the air filter, fuel filter, oil filter, and hydraulic filter. These filters help keep your tractor running smoothly, so it's important to keep them clean and replaced as needed. 

Running a farm is a lot of work, but with proper tractor maintenance, you can keep your equipment running smoothly and minimize downtime. By following these simple tips, you can extend the life of your tractor and avoid costly repairs down the road.

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