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

Top tips to keep your combine running in the wet

August invariably delivers a spell of bad weather, so we’ve put together 20 top tips from the experts on how to ease the flow of damp crops through the combine.…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

How to maintain your trailer brakes

About three-quarters of trailers with hydraulic brakes fail dealer tests while a quarter of these offer no stopping power whatsoever. Often put on a pedestal as the answer to all…

HARVEST EQUIPMENT

How to get a big square baler ready for the new season

It is important to spend time in the workshop with any piece of harvest kit before setting out to the field – but arguably especially so for baler operators. Lose a window…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

What coronavirus means for kit orders, spares and servicing

Mass factory closures and the lockdown of more than one-quarter of the world's population may have sent world economies into a whirlwind, but farm machinery manufacturers are doing everything they…

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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 MAINTENANCE

Red diesel: The problems uncovered

Last autumn, reports of blocked fuel filters came flooding in from parts of the UK, with the finger being pointed at the increasing content of biodiesel being blended into red…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor cab filters: are you protected?

Most operators and farmers will be well aware of the potential risks that working with agricultural chemicals brings, but with the right precautions, users will be kept free from any…

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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News

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

New ceramic coating helps farm kit keep showroom sparkle

Tractor-proud farmers looking to keep their kit in sparkling condition can now order a paint-protecting film to prevent rust, scratches and UV fade for up to five years. Unlike vinyl…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

UTV Products unveils new LED worklight range

Brighter illumination for telehandlers, forklifts and front-mounted attachments is promised by UTV Products' latest range of LED lights. The UTV332 lamps have a dual-beam setup that enables both high and…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Merit Ag Check app simplifies machinery maintenance records

Safety Revolution has launched a new smartphone app designed to simplify the process of conducting regular machinery checks. The first iteration of the paperless service is free to use and…

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Video

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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