Do You Change Your Oil Regularly Enough?
You probably don’t need White’s Tractors to tell you about the importance of making sure that your tractors and other items of agricultural equipment are well topped-up with oil.
That’s all to do with friction reduction and the sort of thing we learned at school or maybe our early college days.
However, it’s important to also keep in mind that your oil needs to be of the right quality for the circumstances and that it is relatively fresh.
Almost all agricultural equipment will come with some sort of manufacturer’s recommendations relating to the nature of (e.g. viscosity) and change frequency of the oil required. As a crude rule, the heavier the load you place on the moving parts both in terms of friction and frequency of use, the more often you will need to change your oil.
This is something that occasionally gets overlooked due to time pressures or misguidedly to try and to save a few dollars. That could prove to be a big mistake.
The fact is that oil deteriorates over time and through use. As it deteriorates, it’s just not giving the same protection it was when new or that the functioning of the equipment requires. There are plenty of great scientific articles on line that will explain the chemistry and mechanical engineering behind that.
So there are a number of key recommendations here:
1. It’s hard to comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations if you’ve never read them. Make the effort and if you haven’t got the appropriate documentation, you might be able to find it online.
2. Test your oil regularly to verify that levels are as they should be.
3. Use only the appropriate oil for the circumstances concerned.
4. Change oil regularly - at least in line with what the manufacturer recommends as a minimum.
It’s all pretty basic stuff but it might one day save you an awful lot of money in terms of repairs to your agricultural machinery.
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