Know How / Machinery maintenance

Advice on keeping your farm machinery in good working order, from tractors, to combines to tyres and trailer brakes. Get tips on pre-harvest combine and forager checks, see guides on tractor maintenance, such as checking tyre pressures and find out how other farmers have fitted retrofit options.

Advice and tips

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Ultimate guide to tractor tyre management

It is essential to ensure your tractor tyres are in good working order, both for your safety and for your pocket. We look at the causes of premature tyre wear,…

COMBINES

Custom-built combine spares could save farmers cash

Bent drums, bashed augers and snapped straw walkers are just some of the common injuries that can bring combines to a lengthy standstill. And with genuine replacements for these major…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Winter tyres on farm vehicles - should you fit them?

The UK's increasingly uncertain weather patterns make the odds of having another snowy period pretty high this winter. But while in most of Europe putting winter tyres on cars and…

4X4S

How to patch up farm pickups with second-hand spare parts

Farm pickups are subject to a notoriously rough and loveless life, but patching them up with second-hand spares can push them a few years beyond their sell-by date without costing…

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MACHINERY

Advice on pre-harvest machinery checks to avoid fires

Insurers deal with hundreds of harvest-time machinery fires each year and even wet harvests bring fires because of the extra strain on machinery - in particular overheating bearings. To avoid…

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Case studies

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

How to pick the best cultivator wearing metal

Soil-engaging parts are one of those boringly inevitable expenses when running a cultivator or drill. But while many shop around for the cheapest lumps of metal to haul through the…

MACHINERY

Video: Custom Ford 7700 gets V8 muscle injection

If the burble of a throaty V8 engine puts a smile on your face, Luke Furse’s modified Ford 7700 will have you grinning from ear to ear. Twin gleaming stainless…

MACHINERY

Refurbishing your Vaderstad Rapid

Introduction 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 For Cambridge Farm Machinery, Vaderstad drills are big business. The company sells more than 40…

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Insights

MACHINERY

High tech dealers offer more than just spare parts

Your local machinery dealer probably looks pretty much like it always did. Rows of second-hand tractors, some new kit that’s just arrived, a workshop with the radio blaring and a…

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COMBINES

Video: Orkney contractor converts his combine to tracks

Farming on the Orkney archipelago in the north of Scotland throws up challenges unlike anything on mainland Britain. The biggest of those is the weather – the Gulf Stream brings…

MACHINERY

How to service a Honda ATV

General Fluids & filters Engine Transmission Brakes & Tyres Suspension They're one of the most used pieces of kit on any livestock farm, but when was the last time you…

MACHINERY

Video: How to get the best from your sprayer

James Stafford Top 10 tips Videos Sprayers are one of those bits of kit that need a good dollop of TLC to keep them running at their best. We talked…

MACHINERY

Video: Getting the best from a Horsch Pronto

  Our series which sets out to advise users on how to get the best from their machinery continues with a look at the Horsch Pronto drill – a Pronto…

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