Get your plough back in tune for the start of the busy sowing season
Weather permitting, tillage farmers will be knocking the rust off their ploughs in preparation for this year's spring sowing. Perhaps one of the most popular and original ploughs ever to go into service in Ireland is the E-series Kverneland reversible plough with the 160 headstock. There are still many working all over the country, providing excellent and economical service.
In the southeast, one firm has built a large part of its business on the strength of the Kverneland brand. Independent trader Mike Roche, of Mike Roche Engineering Ltd, just outside of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, has, for many years sold, serviced, repaired and recycled secondhand Kverneland ploughs. They have come from all over the country with ploughs, bits of ploughs and ploughs in pieces to get repaired, re-jigged, realigned and reinforced.
Mike also offers customers a choice of genuine and spurious parts and off-the-shelf reconditioned items such as rams, providing an exceptional fire brigade service to both the ill-prepared and unlucky alike.
So, there's no better place to get a bit of advice on what to look for and repair before engaging in the brown stuff and kicking off the cereal campaign.
Kverneland man Will Oakes is a seasoned veteran at Mike Roche Engineering and he has gone through the plough, from front to back, detailing what to look out for in its maintenance.
Worn metal is part of the problem with soil-engaging equipment such as ploughs, and it needs to be replaced either when it reduces the effectiveness of the plough or gets close to wearing key parts that are not supposed to wear -- parts such as the saddle or frog and what the boards, shares, etc, are bolted to.