The summer heat means that hay season in Arkansas is in full swing. It can be a busy time making sure the entire process runs smoothly. We know time is
valuable, and time is money. It’s important that you know all the tricks of the trade. How can you make sure that you get the most out of your hay crop
this year? Here are a few tips from Greenway –
Equipment Maintenance Is a Must
Preventive maintenance can seem time consuming and like a waste sometimes. However, it’s much better to check out everything before you break down in
the middle of a field with only half the job done! It’s best if you clean all equipment and have everything looked over in the winter, but it’s not too
late if you didn’t. Here are some things you can look for and do for your machines –
Read your manual and make sure that you’re doing the required service when it’s time.
Change the oil on the gearboxes in mowers and balers.
Watch the bearings on balers. They can overheat and cause fires!
Examine disk blades and replace the knives if necessary. Look at the rake and replace any teeth that are broken or not aligned.
Check conditioning rollers and adjust the spacing and roll timing.
Inspect the belts and repair them if needed.
Your rakes and tedders will likely need readjusting each year.
Adjust and Readjust
Make sure that your baler is adjusted to where it needs to be. It can be a simple process, but take the time to recheck it. Baler pickup tines should
be set about one inch above the ground. The hay pickup flotation should be that the pickup follows the ground at or just above the tine height setting.
Make sure that you monitor the bale density. Even with a gauge, get out and check it manually to confirm that the density is where you need it to be. A
good rule to follow is that if you kick the bale, it should hurt your foot!
Check the Moisture It doesn’t help the equipment, you or your hay if you bale when the hay moisture is too low or too high. Optimal moisture levels can also depend on what
type of baler you use. If the moisture level is too high, the hay bales can lose large amounts of dry matter caused by excessive heating and molding. To
keep loss to a minimum, you should bale at a moisture level low enough to prevent excessive heating and prevent moisture from getting into the bales of
hay. Don’t bale hay to be stored in the field until the moisture level is between 18-22 percent.
With hay season off and running, it’s important to stay in the field and running rather than in the shop. At Greenway, we know how important it is to
make the most of your time and get the most out of your hay crop. When it comes to hay season, Greenway can equip you with the machines you need from rakes
to balers as well as help you with any service needs. With 27 locations across Arkansas and Missouri, we are here to assist you whether you’re purchasing
new or used equipment or need one of our service technicians. Give us a call today!
At Greenway, our goal is to have satisfied customers from Poplar Bluff to Pine Bluff, Marion to Conway. We want to make sure the
equipment you purchase from us meets your needs and will continue to meet expectations for years to come. We know how important it is for you to run
whether it’s time to harvest, plant or mow grass.
Not only can you depend on Greenway to sell you quality machinery, but also help take care of your equipment. Time is valuable,
and you don’t want to get behind because of a breakdown! We can be your trusted source when it comes servicing your machines, whether that’s a tractor,
combine or lawn mower.
Here are some general tips when it comes to maintenance –
Check your tires. Do a quick examination of all your tires before you use them for the day. No one wants to have something go wrong
with a tire in the middle of a field! Look to see if they are under- or over-inflated or that treads are not too worn down. Also, it never hurts
to keep spare tires in case something does happen.
Keep your equipment in a safe place. Putting
away equipment at the end of a long day doesn’t sound appealing, but better safe than sorry. Even if you’ll use the tools or equipment again first
thing the next morning, it’s always better to store them in a safe place. You never know what might happen to things at night like rain, wild animals,
dew, wind or even thieves.
Write it down. It helps to keep a record
each time a piece of equipment is serviced. If something does go wrong with your tractor or lawn mower, then you might be able to figure out more
quickly what the problem might be with a service log.
Make sure it has plenty of fluids. Check
the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant in the radiator and hydraulic oil daily when in use. Since tractor usage is measured in hours, not
miles, the amount of fluid use may be deceptive. Leaking components can cause a machine to break down, so keep a close eye on them! During the
winter be sure to use a fuel additive and add anti-freeze to protect your engine.
Watch your gauges. Keep an eye on the
gauges to ensure they are all within normal ranges. Not sure what some of these should look like? Ask us and we’ll be happy to help!
Say no to rust. You might be surprised
by how many problems rust can cause your farm equipment. Make sure machinery is cleaned regularly. Pressure washing works! Again, storing the equipment
in a clean and dry place helps.
Is it time for you to see a professional to service your tractor or combine? Remember Greenway! We have a team of more than 170 technicians who log more
than 3,000 hours of training each year. We work when you work, which means we are on call 24/7. We offer several inspection and maintenance packages
to keep your equipment running efficiently. Greenway also has several YouTube videos of service tips from fuel filter maintenance to STIHL trimmer line replacement. We know how important time is during the busy season, so we are dedicated
to keep you running no matter what you are doing!
With 27 locations, we are here to help you whether you’re purchasing new or used equipment or need one of our service technicians. Give us a call today
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Greenway maintains my equipment and I have been extremely pleased with the service.
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