Winter Maintenance with 21st Century Equipment
Posted: November 30, 2022 | By: 21st Century Equipment Team
With 21st Century Equipment, we guarantee your equipment will be well taken care of with premium service and a knowledgeable team. Your farm equipment is a major investment, and we know that just because your equipment is put away for some time, your plans for the next season are not. When it comes to winter maintenance, we believe the time spent in the off-season is valuable.
This winter, be sure not to neglect routine maintenance checks to make sure problems are caught early. Things like replacing lighting components, spark plugs, oil filters and the like are more readily done in the winter months when you have some (although not a lot of) down time.
While many ranchers are still running things like utility tractors or other John Deere machinery to care for cattle in the winter time, there are some pieces of equipment that may become idle in the off-season on some farms. Running your equipment regularly, even if only for a few minutes, during the winter can help avoid problems down the road. Allowing a machine’s parts to rise above 40 degrees fahrenheit before use is a wise practice.
Additional handy winter maintenance tips for your John Deere and other equipment include:
- Store your equipment in a covered environment, like a shop, whenever possible.
- Lubricate any moving parts, like hinges, to protect from damage that things like salt, snow and ice can bring.
- Remain aware of the temperature of your diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), as it can freeze.