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

Guidance issued for farmers suffering biodiesel problems

Fuel suppliers have issued guidance for farmers and contractors who say biodiesel is causing low fuel pressure and blocking filters in tractors. Some farmers have suggested the problems are related…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

In photos: Simple checks to keep farm trailers safe

Farmers need to ensure that their trailers are safe and properly maintained ahead of the busy summer months. Transport-related accidents are among the main causes of workplace fatalities in agriculture,…

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…

4X4S

£690 conversion kit turns Land Rover Discoverys into pickups

Used Land Rover Discoverys don’t enjoy the same cult status as the iconic Defender, so when the rot sets in, values hit the floor. That means MOT failures can change…

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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

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

Bahco dolly makes switching wheels safe

Workshop tool specialist Bahco has launched a 1.5t wheel dolly that aims to make switching tractor and sprayer wheels an easier and safer job. The hydraulic dolly can mount and…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Goodyear returns to UK tyre market after five-year absence

Goodyear's five-year absence from the UK tyre market has ended after Titan International announced it was reintroducing the brand. This follows the purchase of the European markets licence for Goodyear…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Ultrasonic mouse deterrent keeps rodents out of machinery

Bedfordshire firm Wilderness Lighting has taken on the UK distribution of an ultrasonic mouse deterrent for use in farm vehicles. The Mouse Blocker is designed to prevent damage in stored…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Wireless trailer lights leave no excuse

Older trailers and cultivators are still handy to have around the farm in case of an emergency, but after being sat around for years, it’s more than likely the lights…

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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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