Trailer maintenance - looking after the unsung hero of the farmyard
Trailer maintenance is an often overlooked aspect of the farm fleet
Did you ever notice how we leave many of the smaller items on the farm such as trailers languishing in a lonely corner of the yard until they are urgently needed?
Then they are pulled out, used and shoved back into a corner until the next time.
Unlike the big headline grabbing machines like combines and tractors, maintenance and repairs for these unsung farmyard heroes generally occur on a reactive rather than a proactive basis.
With that in mind, this week I took a look at an Ifor Williams trailer with brakes in need of some serious TLC. Manufactured in 1999, I'd say the trailer spends 45 of the 52 weeks of the year parked up.
The owner often found that, having been parked for prolonged periods of time, one or more of the hubs would be locked up and a wheel would refuse to rotate. This trailer, as is common with jeep trailers, has double axles, with braking provided on all four wheels through brake drums and brake shoes.
When working on any raised equipment, never trust the jack to hold up whatever it is you're working on.
Never work under an item that is not 100pc secure. It only takes two minutes to prop the trailer using good, square blocks of timber, or something sufficiently able to carry the weight should the jack fail.