How to Prepare Your Farm Equipment for Fall Harvest: Maintenance Tips and Checklist

Submitted by Koenig.Equipment on Thu, 08/24/2023 - 8:00am

A successful harvest season requires functioning equipment. John Deere harvest equipment is known for its durability and reliability, but even the most robust machinery requires routine maintenance. Continue reading to learn about the importance of fall preparation, maintenance tips, and harvest checklists to set you up for a productive season.



Why is fall equipment preparation important?

Fall equipment preparation sets the foundation for a smooth and prosperous harvest season. Neglecting maintenance tasks can lead to breakdowns, downtime, and compromised yields. By investing time and effort into pre-harvest maintenance, you are maximizing the lifespan of your machinery and promoting the safety of your operation and the quality of your crops.


Pre-harvest maintenance tips:

Ensuring your equipment is in working order should be done before harvest season starts, so you’re ready when the crops are. The following steps can either be done yourself or by a trusted team of qualified technicians.


Inspecting and cleaning

Begin your fall equipment preparation by conducting a thorough inspection. Examine your John Deere equipment for signs of wear, damage, or corrosion. Pay close attention to critical components such as pulleys, belts, chains, and filters.

Remove any debris, dust, or residue that might have accumulated during storage. A clean machine operates more efficiently and reduces the risk of contamination, potential fire hazards, and rodent infestation.  


Fluid and lubricant checks

Proper fluid levels and lubrication are essential for the equipment’s optimal function. Check the oil levels, coolant, hydraulic fluid, and other relevant fluids according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect for leaks and ensure they are properly fixed. Proper lubrication of moving parts, such as bearings and joints, will minimize friction, reduce wear and tear, and enhance the overall performance of your machine.


Belt and chain maintenance

Belts and chains play a critical role in the operation of your John Deere harvest equipment. Inspect them for signs of tension, wear, or misalignment. Tighten or replace belts as needed and ensure that chains are properly lubricated. A well-maintained belt and chain system prevents power loss and enhances the efficiency of your equipment.



Tire and track maintenance

The condition of your equipment’s tires or tracks greatly influences its stability and maneuverability. Inspect the tires for tread wear, cracks, or punctures. For equipment with tracks, ensure they are properly tensioned and aligned. Maintaining the correct tire pressure allows for optimal performance and fuel efficiency.


Electrical system and battery maintenance

Modern John Deere harvest equipment relies heavily on electrical systems for various functions. Inspect wiring for any signs of damage or fraying, and make sure connections are secure. Test the battery’s voltage and clean its terminals to prevent corrosion. A reliable electrical system ensures the smooth operation of lights, sensors, controls, and other vital components.


In-season equipment checklist

A thorough pre-harvest equipment review is a necessity, but regular in-season practices can help your equipment stay in peak operating condition. Be sure to incorporate these checklist items into your regular harvest routine:

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean equipment after each use to prevent debris buildup.
  • Daily Inspections: Conduct daily checks for signs of wear, fluid levels, and tire pressure.
  • Greasing and Lubrication: Regularly lubricate moving parts as the manufacturer recommends.
  • Belt and Chain Checks: Monitor the condition and tension of belts and chains during operation.
  • Fluid Checks: Regularly check oil, coolant, and hydraulic fluid levels, topping off as necessary.
  • Tire and Track Maintenance: Inspect tires and tracks for damage and maintain proper tire pressure.


Where can I find harvest equipment service near me?

At Koenig Equipment, our expert technicians specialize in servicing John Deere equipment to optimize your machinery for peak performance. Learn about our KoenigCare Agricultural Equipment Inspections, which includes discounts on parts and repair costs.

Whether you need routine maintenance, repairs, or technical assistance, our dedicated team is here to support you. Contact your local Koenig Equipment, or schedule your service online today.  



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