The best tips on keeping harvesters during the harvest

  • The best tips on keeping harvesters during the harvest
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    Our record dry summer led combines were invited to come into action much earlier than usual this year.
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Our record dry summer led combines were invited to come into action much earlier than usual this year.

And he’s a busy time for testing these pin machines, with long hours in the field will throw up some unwanted breakdowns.

Appear, fortunately, ground conditions to be excellent in what is probably the only ray of hope in terms of crops due to the drought.

Fire prevention

These warm temperatures in the mid to late 20-ies lead to harsh conditions for man and machine.

Unusual conditions, crop 2018 also present some additional risks for dust and remnants of fires, as machines heavy work in hot conditions.

Some poor operators, each year, disaster strikes when an expensive plant caught fire in seconds.


Always keep at least one fully charged and certified fire extinguisher in the cab

To reduce the probability of such an event, to be strict in your daily ritual removal of fuel for a potential combine fires, i.e. built-up grain, chaff and dust layers on the machine.

Alert drivers have a regular schedule of cleaning every night until the end.

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To use the compressor every day to blow away the remnants of cultures that wrapped around bearings, belts and other moving parts.

Remember: residue may ignite when the car is parked for the night, as the heat slowly dissipates engine without the cooling effect of the machine in motion.

Specific areas to blow out include:

* The engine, especially the exhaust manifold, turbocharger, muffler and exhaust pipe

* Hydrostatic pump, motor, hydraulic lines and tubes

* Brake and transmission housings


Remove the remnants of the crop from the header to reduce the risk of fire and attractiveness to pests

* Electrical components

* Engine and all moving parts

* Batteries and battery cables

* Straw chopper drive bays

It is possible to eliminate several sources of heat from the processor.

Shielding of hot exhaust surfaces and replace damaged electrical wiring is a good place to start.

Worn bearings and belts can easily generate enough heat to make fine dust and straw to catch fire.

Although I hope that this will not happen in case of fire, to join you have to be ready.

Always keep at least one fully charged and certified dry powder fire extinguisher in the cab.

To mount a second fire extinguisher on the outside of the machine, which can be reached from ground level.

Finally, don’t forget to check and recharge any old or partially discharged extinguishers if you haven’t already.

Regular routine

As soon as the harvest, the aim should be to combine regular maintenance work.

Doing this well-rehearsed routine in the morning and not at night (except for the cleaning of chaff and dust) works better for two reasons.

First you have good lighting, enough to have a clear view of the machine in order to find potential problems, like bearing wear or cracked parts.

Another advantage is that the plant will be cooler and therefore easier to work around than it would be after a long day in the field.

Some operators argue that certain works, such as grease, the grease will travel more efficiently around the warm than cold.

That’s a fair point, but the important thing to remember is that you are trying to get the operator into the habit of doing all the vital checks at a time.

And don’t forget the Golden rule: turn off engine and remove key before performing any maintenance.

Daily checks

All 10 hours of the nipples must be lubricated daily. A good habit makes a few jobs in a single sequence.

For example, if fuel for a car, check both engine and hydraulic oil level and check the batteries to see if they have a sufficient amount of water is critical during the long, hot days, when demand is the engine is at the peak of high yielding crops.

Stone traps do not have to be checked every day if the crop is generally clean, but modern combines simple, so it should take 10 seconds to look.

The title is a very important part of the combine and contains many moving parts. Every day you need to look for any serious damage to the knives, blades or fingers.

Field fluctuations should receive a full inspection in the off-season maintenance program at your local dealer or the private garage. Box to swing to work about 200 hours per season, usually lasts from eight to ten years, depending on the operator.

Every other day you must check and clean air filters, grease every 25-hour and 50-hour nipples, and check the voltage of the circuit, especially in the feeder circuit.

On some machines, the feeder circuit at home sitting on pieces of wood that are similar to the slats of the roof. Over time, the chain can be worn in the timbers and relax. Watch out for broken or bent chain coil on the intake as well.

Other common parts that wear out over time include bearings, chains, belts, sprockets, sickle sections and injector lines. A good visual inspection is key. Check the belts for wear.

How do you know if the belt slack? You should only be able to half twist on the belt is properly tensioned. If you can twist the belt all around, 360 degrees, it needs to be tight to prevent excessive wear and subsequent replacement.

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