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Farm Tractor Safety Tips

While the tractor is a prominent piece of equipment for any successful farm, it can also be one of the most dangerous. Most of these accidents are a result of poor safety measures. The most common of these include rollovers, being run over, road accidents, not checking your blind spots and entanglements. It is easy to get wrapped up in the job and bypass important safety measures, so learning to have a “safety first” mindset while operating your tractor will help keep yourself and others safe. Below, we explore the five most common farm tractor accidents and how to prevent them.

Importance of a Clean Mower Deck

One major area of both walk behind and riding lawn mowers that commonly gets overlooked throughout the season is the underside of the mower deck that houses the mower blades. When the deck gets clogged and caked with cut grass it can be harmful to both your mower and your lawn.

Lawn Mowing Tips from Koenig Equipment

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Start your mowing season out right with these tips to ensure safety, keep your lawn healthy, and maintain the quality of your equipment.

Check the Lawn-We see a lot of mower blades damaged early in the season due to hidden debris. Take the time to walk the lawn and check for rocks, sticks, and tree roots that may have heaved during the winter.

11 Simple Steps to Level a Mower Deck

Spring is on its way! It’s just about time to hop on the mower and start cutting. You can almost smell that fresh cut grass!

We know you take pride in your lawn and your lawn care equipment, so you want that first cut to look great. You don’t want ruts or an uneven cut to ruin all of your hard work. If you do notice these common issues while mowing, you are likely working with an unlevel mower deck.

Spring Tractor Prep

Spring will be here before we know it, which means now is a good time to start thinking about preparing your tractor for the upcoming farming season. Like all other farming equipment, if properly stored this should be a simple task.  However, if you put your tractor into storage with little preparation, here are some items to consider before hitting the fields. 

Safety Checks

Nothing is more important than the personal safety of you and those associated with your equipment.  Key safety checks include:  

Snow Blower Tips

With temperatures dipping dangerously low and snow piling up, it’s time to talk about cold-weather maintenance. This winter, use your Briggs and Stratton snow blower to manage the snow on your property with ease. 

Koenig Equipment offers a selection of Briggs and Stratton snow blowers at our Ohio and Indiana locations. Give us a call or stop by and talk to our team about which snow blower is right for you. 

If you already own a Briggs and Stratton snow blower, here are some tips for keeping it in proper working order: 

Winter Tractor Storage Tips

Winter is here once again, meaning the bitter cold and snow are not far behind. As the changing weather sets in, it is important to adjust your tractor maintenance and storage practices accordingly. Whether you plan to utilize your tractor in the colder months, or won’t be using it until next year, the elements will have a negative effect on your equipment, unless you take the proper steps. Below are some suggestions from the team here at Koenig Equipment:

How to Sharpen a Lawnmower Blade

Have you ever mowed your lawn and afterwards been disappointed in the ragged, uneven cut? Are you unsure of where you went wrong? The unsatisfying outcome probably didn’t result from your lack of mowing skills, but instead the dullness of your lawnmower’s blades. With long-term use the spinning blades under your lawnmower can gradually grow dull, which causes them to start tearing the grass rather than cutting it smoothly. Not only does this give your lawn a “ragged” look and cause disease, it increases the time you spend taking care of your lawn.

Tips For Preventing Tractor Rollovers

One of the biggest factors that accounts for tractor deaths each year is tractor rollovers. Whether you are working with a new tractor or a used tractor, being well-versed on your machine and manual as well as being aware of your surroundings can greatly reduce the risk of your tractor rolling over. Also, making sure your tractor is in good working condition will help eliminate the risk of a rollover. It is recommended that you have an authorized tractor dealer do a full inspection and tune up on both new tractors and used tractors prior to the start of the season.

Pre-Planting Tips

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to begin preparing for the upcoming planting season. Proper planning, machine checks, and maintenance will help ensure you have a safe, productive and successful planting season.

The experts at Koenig Equipment are pleased to provide a detailed checklist to assist you with your planting preparations.  This pre-planting checklist will help make sure that you’re ready to plant. It can help you to avoid issues since it highlights some problem areas that we've seen in the past.

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