With harvest season quickly approaching, now would be the time to do a pre harvest inspection on your combine. This would avoid any headaches such as lost time and money and the guess work on whether or not any parts even need to be replaced. Now is the time to check if your combine has built up mud from wet weather or even dust in the air filters from dry weather conditions from previous harvests. Here are 5 things to look at before harvest season starts.
It’s probably a good idea to have a yearly inspection by an experienced technician that can check your electronics and any previous sensor fault code data to find any issues before harvest. This tends to be regular issue with machinery that’s been stored for a long period of time and can be especially damaging to electronic components, wiring and sensors. Also if you’ve been storing your equipment it’s important to check that rodents haven’t chewed through wires.
Oil and fuel should be drained and replaced if your combine hasn’t been used in a while. You need to make sure the engine coolant has enough life left to withstand engine temperatures in excellent range. It’s also very important to check all bearings and gearboxes so that they are at their oil or grease capacity.
3. Chains, Belts, and Bearing
The loosening and failure of chain-driven components can have major impacts on the combine which makes this an important area to look at during the inspection so that chains are tight. Look at bearing surfaces to make sure they are clean of dust and crop residue. Also make sure belts are tight and inspect for any cracks in them.
4. Use Air, not water
High-pressure air is favored over water as a cleaning tool for combine components. If you’re going to use high pressure water, be careful it doesn’t enter the interior surfaces because that could cause rust.
5. Threshing and Auger Components
The smallest damage in a concave can influence harvest performance and can cause yield loss. When looking at the threshing and separation area, pay attention to minor damage. If you notice something dinged or banged up, it needs to be repaired. Check the concave for excessive wear and replace as needed. Also make sure the concaves are level and zero them to the rotor for a more exact setting/reading for concave clearance.
6. Fire Extinguisher
If there are dry crop conditions, this will up the awareness for maintenance and machinery fires. Make sure to have fire extinguishers serviced and on every piece of harvest equipment
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