Get Your Farm Equipment Ready For Spring

Make sure to get your farm equipment ready before it's time to start mowing.

Make sure to get your farm equipment ready before it’s time to start mowing.

March is almost here, so it’s time to get your farm equipment ready for spring. If you are like many farm owners, you don’t even think about the equipment until the grass needs to be cut this week. Then you discover there’s a flat tire on the tractor, or the blades haven’t been sharpened on the mower, or the weed eater won’t start.

I recommend that you go over all of your equipment each fall before you store it for winter, but too often farms are in a rush in the fall and just dump all the equipment in the storage barn, with the thought that, “We’ll just do it in the spring.”

All of your equipment should get a thorough preparation for work, which includes your riding mowers, batwings, weed eaters, and tractors. You need to make sure they all are lubed up, tuned up, in working order, fluids checked and full, batteries charged, blades sharpened, and that they are ready to hit the grass come spring.

Develop and Maintain a Maintenance Schedule

Once your equipment is ready to go, make sure your schedule for use is set and that your operators are ready.

What jobs need to be done and in what order? Do you have the same machinery operators as last year, or do you need to train new ones?

It’s good to keep the same personnel on the same equipment during the season. One driver for that equipment is better than three or four different operators because the individual will take better care of it if they are the only one responsible. And you get the same pattern of use and wear instead of having several people tearing up different parts of the machinery.

If you have a small farm and one person has to do it all, then having a schedule is even more important.

If you are on a property where you need to mow regularly, plan how you are going to attack the grass. I like to do the riding mower around the lanes, roads, and fence lines, then have the weed eater work completed, then hit the fields with the batwing. You won’t use the batwing as much as you do the mowers and weed eaters, so you need to schedule the work to ensure the property looks good with the least effort.