Basic Safety Checklist
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March is an excellent time to run a pre-season safety check of all machinery and equipment on your farm.
Getting the tractor out of the barn in early spring — especially if you live in a cold climate — is nearly¬†as big an event as the first sprouts in the garden or buds on the trees.
If your farm tools and¬†equipment¬†have been mostly in storage during the winter months, check out this list of basic tips to get¬†them ready for the growing season.
Tractors and Equipment Checklist
- If you haven’t already, adjust brakes, clutches and drives, according to the manual. Make sure they’re in working order.
- Ensure steering, ignition and¬†exhaust system are in top condition.
- Check and/or change the fluids (differential, transmission and hydraulic fluids oil etc.) to ensure purity and removal of water that may have condensed.
- Check the cooling system. Look for for cracks from freezing and leaks.
- Check all rubber hoses and plastic parts like fans for cracks.
- Belts may become brittle and crack.¬† Replace them if they are worn. Check that belts and pulleys are at the proper tension.¬†This reduces slippage.
- Check that intake guards and shields on grain augers secure.
- Check that all power take-off units have shields and are back in place if they were¬†removed.
Sources: Iowa State University Extension, Utah State University Extension, National Ag Safety Database