Expert tip: Maintaining agricultural machinery

Machinery maintenance is a year-round task, but winter is the ideal time to thoroughly inspect and service agricultural machinery. This important task will ensure that your machinery and equipment are in optimum condition for the start of the new farming season. At the same time, it keeps the resale value of the machine high.


Here are some useful tips:

1. Regular cleaning:

After each use, and especially at the end of the season, it is advisable to clean agricultural machinery to remove dirt, dust, mud, crop residue and salt. This will prevent corrosion, extend the life of the machine and maintain its value. Particular attention should be paid to cleaning the undercarriage, where mud, salt, etc. can accumulate unnoticed and lead to rust. Regular cleaning also ensures that the lighting elements are visible to other road users and that your machine complies with safety regulations.

2. Inspect the chassis:

The frame of your machine is particularly susceptible to rust and corrosion. It is important to inspect it regularly to identify areas that need repair before the problem gets worse. Signs to look for include scratches and localised paint peeling, which are easier to repair if they are small. Also look for moisture build-up on the chassis, as these areas are particularly susceptible to rust.

3. Lubricate moving parts:

As well as regular washing, good lubrication of moving parts will reduce friction and wear. Use a suitable lubricant for the type of equipment. Lubrication intervals are specified in the machine’s instruction manual. After lubricating, it is very important to move the moving part to the maximum stroke to ensure that the grease is distributed over the entire surface of the bearing, bush, etc.

4. Check the fluids:

The oil level must be checked regularly. Ensure that the oil level is within the recommended limits to ensure smooth and efficient operation. Use only the oil specified in the operator’s manual to ensure long, trouble-free operation.

5. Check the tyres:

Check and adjust the tyre pressure, as large temperature fluctuations can cause the tyre pressure to increase in the summer and decrease in the winter. Correct tyre pressure ensures safe and reliable driving and reduces uneven tyre wear and fuel consumption. Each manufacturer has its own tyre pressure recommendations – on Farmtech machines these are clearly marked on the machine. Don’t forget to check tyre tread and wear.

6. Test the brakes:

Make sure the brake system and air and hydraulic lines are in good condition. Check that the brakes are working properly and adjust if necessary. The procedure for checking the brakes is described in the operator’s manual.

7. Check the electrical and electronic systems:

Check the electrical connections, cables, seals and hoses. Repair any damage or replace damaged parts. Store the handset in a warm, dry place.

8. Proper winter storage:

Ensure adequate protection from moisture and cold. Prepare the equipment for winter storage by storing it in a dry, covered place. This will prevent them from being exposed to external influences.

9. Training in operation and maintenance:

Train yourself or your staff regularly in the correct operation and maintenance of the equipment. Well-trained operators increase safety and extend the life of the equipment.

10. Work with experts:

If you experience problems or need major repairs or support, contact our service centre to ensure quality and professional equipment maintenance and repair.

These tips will keep your agriculture machinery in good condition and ready to work efficiently. After all, it’s important that your implement gets the same attention as your tractor when it comes to routine maintenance and seasonal preparation.