It’s a real pain dealing with a preventable break-down in the heart of manure season; save your future self some stress by giving this checklist a run-through.
- If brake lines and calipers are not working properly, bleed them and refill.
- Check all the hydraulic hoses and fittings for bad spots and wear.
- Adjust or recenter power steering if needed.
- For wheel bearings, change grease if it is not fresh and clean.
- Check hitch and hitch pin for wear.
- If you have a hydraulic shredder manifold, check the motor for leaks and bearing wear.
- Look over injector hoses.
- Measure the diameter of toolbar coulters to check for wear. If worn more than 1”, it will affect bearing life and application.
- Grease the complete system.
- Check the oil level in the pump bearing housing and look for leaks.
- Make sure PTO shields are in place.
- Look over tires and check tire pressure.
- Ensure lug nuts are tightened.
- Grease and check for any unusual wear.
- Ensure the main tube near the drive line is drained and in good condition.
- Check oil in the main gear box.
- This should also be done daily.
- Keep your oil cooler hoses in good condition.
- This helps give an easy visual of the oil status.
- Check the cooler belt and pulleys for GEA Houle pumps.
- Look over the electric fan on Nuhn pumps.
- If needed, apply lube for proper nozzle rotation.
- Ensure PTO shields are in good shape.
Drag Hose Systems
Be sure to check the complete system before you start pumping.
- Check couplers, clamps, and gaskets on all your hoses.
- Evaluate hoses for bad spots.
- Grease and lube chain drive and quantum drive systems.
- Ensure electronic cable connections are clean on remote systems.
- Check signal lights and SMV signs.
- Make sure all the shields are in place.
- Grease and check hydraulic hoses and cylinder pins.
- Look over the main hub.
- Check for grease and wear on row units.
- Evaluate the manifold motor and over hung bearing for wear.
- Look over injector hoses, as well as all hydraulic hoses and fittings for wear.
- Repack the main undercarriage wheel bearings with grease.
- Check flow meter wires for any wear spots.
- Look over the hose swivel and clamp.
- Look over air, fuel, and oil filters.
- Even in what you think is a non-dusty environment, it’s still common to find dirty air filters.
- Check pump oil and radiator fluid levels.
- Evaluate and replace wear rings in Cornell pumps if necessary.
- Make sure pump mounting and plumbing is in good condition.
- Check trailer lights and wheel bearings.