Before and after: Power harrow gets some winter TLC
Winter provides a good opportunity to clean and store machinery until next year. It also allows for repairing any damage or breakages that occurred over the season for the likes of silage and tillage equipment. It's a nice feeling to store a machine away safe knowing it will be in good working order when you need it again in springtime.
The first step for any machine is that it should be thoroughly and carefully cleaned down. It can then be inspected for any damage or leaks. I took the example of a power harrow this week. The entire job took just ten hours and cost under €40 in parts; €11 for paint, €8 for a breather and €15 for oil.
In this case, when changing the oil level in the centre gearbox, it was noticed that there was a positive air pressure trapped inside. This indicated that the breather on top of the gearbox was choked up and therefore not working properly. These are a common part and are easily changed. The breather allows for a filtered air flow into and out of the gearbox (this is important as the oil level fluctuates as the oil temperature increases and decreases).
This particular power harrow has just finished its tenth season, and so was in need of a little TLC. It was decided to fully strip the machine down, repair the damaged side skirts, and repaint it before storing it away for the winter. Both side skirts had fallen victim to large rocks that hit while power harrowing throughout the years. They were removed and disassembled, straightened, re-welded and cleaned down before getting a fresh coat of paint.
The combination of International red and John Deere green complement each other well. As can be seen in the before and after pictures, a fresh coat of paint and some new stickers have breathed life into this machine for a few more years to come.
When spring rolls around, this power harrow will be working hard behind the restored MF 135 recently featured in the Farming Independent.