However big, small, new, or old your tractor is – correcting and storing it is an essential part of ownership. Get it right and you maximize the longevity and effectiveness of a machine that is an increasingly expensive piece of equipment.
Get it wrong and you can encourage costly repairs. In this article, we will provide the essential tips for correctly storing your tractor.
Firstly, you need to consider where you store it when it is not being used. The best place to store any tractor is in a dedicated, dry, covered area like a garage or equipment shed. A proper tractor shed will protect it from the elements, prevent rust and damage caused by exposure to moisture – as well as keeping it out of direct sunlight.
If you don’t have access to a garage or shed, you can use a flexible tractor cover to protect it. However, keep in mind that this won’t provide as much protection as a properly dedicated tractor storage shed.
Whether your machine is an ancient Massey Ferguson or a pristine New Holland, they all deserve the respect of proper protection. Note that it’s also best to avoid storing your tractor near chemicals like gasoline or pesticides, which can be flammable and potentially dangerous.
These are the main stages to consider when storing a tractor for any period of time:
1. Keep it clean
Dirt, debris, and other contaminants can cause damage to your tractor over time. So clean the tractor’s exterior and undercarriage, including the wheels, engine, and transmission before storage. It’s also a good time to clean inside the cab and remove any debris or trash.
2. Check the oil
This is the best time to check the oil levels. Change the oil if necessary. Fresh oil can help prevent engine damage and keep your tractor running smoothly. If you do decide to change the oil it’s a good idea to replace the oil filter too.
3. Fill the fuel tank and add a stabilizer
If you’re storing for an extended period, experts advise filling the fuel tank to prevent condensation from forming inside. The fuel will break down over time and cause starting problems unless you add a fuel stabilizer to the tank.
4. Remove the battery
It’s a good idea to remove the battery and store it separately. Batteries can discharge over time and leaving them in the tractor can cause damage to the battery itself and the electrical system. Make sure to store the battery in a cool, dry place. Check it periodically and keep it charged.
5. Make sure the area is dry
Keeping your tractor in a dry area will help prevent rust caused by exposure to moisture. If you don’t have access to a covered area, consider using a tractor cover to protect it from the elements.
6. Elevate the tires
To prevent flat spots from forming on the tires, it’s a good idea to elevate them off the ground during storage. Use blocks or jack stands to do this. Make sure the blocks or stands are positioned under the axles or load-bearing areas.
Oil all your tractor’s moving parts before storage. This includes the engine and transmission. Lubrication can help prevent rust and keep everything working smoothly.
8. Cover the exhaust pipe
Covering the exhaust pipe stops pests from nesting in the exhaust pipe by covering it with a piece of wire mesh. This helps prevent damage to the exhaust system from pest infestation.
In conclusion, the proper storage of your tractor is important for its longevity and effectiveness.
Be sure to tackle jobs like cleaning your tractor thoroughly, checking and changing the oil, filling the tank and adding a stabilizer, removing the battery, elevating the tires, lubricating moving parts, and covering the exhaust pipe. By following these essential tips, you can maximize the chances of keeping your tractor in the best condition for years to come.