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Tire maintenance and use

Tire Maintenance

Tractors are not what they used to be. Yet, no matter how big, powerful and safe the vehicle is, tires are still its only part in direct contact with the ground. So, whenever you are inspecting your vehicle, don't forget the tires. They play a crucial role in the performance and productivity of your machine.

Regardless of the type of the tractor or the tires, proper maintenance always prolongs their service life, performance and fuel efficiency. The first thing is to conduct regular inspections, recommended every 25–50 working hours. Any signs of premature wear can relate to problems that can be easily tackled but when ignored, can cause more severe – and expensive – problems. In addition to inspecting for possible damage, take a look at the overall performance of the tires at service. Key areas include ride quality and traction. 

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After inspecting the problems, it is easy to make adjustments. If you want to improve traction, ballasting and weight distribution are good key operations that can also affect ride quality. Consulting with the vehicle manufacturer helps to determine the optimum weight for the implement in question. Maintaining proper inflation pressure based on load is the best way to improve ride quality, performance and the service life of tires.

Rim Maintenance

Excessively corroded or cracked rims can be dangerous. Regularly inspect the wheel bearings for signs of wear and tear. Watch for rust or corrosion build-up, cracks, bent flanges resulting from road obstructions, and loose, missing or damaged nuts or clamps. Tighten wheel lugs according to your owner's manual.

When removing damaged rims or wheels from vehicle, always deflate tires prior to the removal!

 

Vehicle Maintenance

Good maintenance is the key for getting the best service out of your vehicle – and for long. The main source of information for suggested maintenance and schedules is the owner's manual or your tractor dealer but there are also some useful websites and forums online where to find support and best practices.

The most important maintenance activity is taking a good look. Inspect your vehicle regularly; check it every time before climbing into the driver's seat and again after work. Take time for a closer look after each season. 
 

Tractor:

  • Keep your tractor clean: remove dirt and grass clippings that can damage your tractor and contribute to rust and early wear. Water and mild soap works fine compared to mud, acids and other chemicals, but remember to leave time between washings to let the tractor dry out.
  • Replace worn clamps, bolts and screws and tighten loose connections.
  • Inspect the connection of loaders or other attachments. Make sure that there are no leaks in hoses or rot in the belts. Be alert to any signs of abnormal wear.

 

Oils, fluids and water

  • Check the oils, transmission fluids and water regularly, preferably daily, depending on hours of use. 
  • Replace the oil filter every time you change the oil - as a rule of thumb after the first 50 hours of using your tractor, then every 100 hours. Air filters need to be changed if they get clogged. Depending on usage, they may get clogged up in less than ten hours or after 200 hours of work, so regular checking is important.
  • If your tractor is equipped with hydraulics, check the pressure regularly and change the hydraulic fluid and oil after the first 50 hours of use, then every 200 hours (filter) and 400 hours (oil).

 

Batteries

  • Keep your batteries clean and make sure their connections are tight. Check the fluid level in each cell and test the battery with a voltage meter.

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