A service now will save time
Ahead of the silage season, it more than pays to prepare your baler with some basic preventative maintenance
With just a month until the kick-off of the 2014 silage season, now is the time to be getting balers and mowers ready for action.
Time spent on preventative maintenance and preparation now can save an awful lot of angst and irritation when it comes to gathering up the grass and popping out nicely-formed round bales.
Doing the simple things right goes a long way, like checking the drive chains for correct tension, giving the machine a good clean inside and out, and making sure the baler is lubricated with the correct fill of the right oils and greases.
A lot of contractors will hold on to the machinery they have for another year.
This approach is completely understandable – but usually one of the side effects of longer replacement policies is more frequent breakdowns. A good maintenance programme is therefore essential.
All machines should be serviced and any broken parts from last season replaced with new parts.
Now is a good time to be ordering parts from your local dealer because, like everyone else, dealers will also be flat out come May and June with call-outs for broken down machines.
It is better for all concerned to get organised now when there is a bit of time available.