Tractor Tune-Up Guide: Plugs and Compression Testing
The engine seems to run rough. In the exhaust you can hear an occasion 'poofing' sound like somethings not firing on all cylinders. Under loaded conditions the tractor seems to lack power and it belches black smoke out of the exhaust. For some reason it just doesn't want to start up without cranking and cranking the starter. All these conditions can be signals that your unit needs a tune up.
It can take as little as 3 to 4 seconds to become entrapped in flowing grain. An average person can become completely submerged in about 25 seconds. Grain's properties make it difficult to get out of without assistance. Because of this, incidents can result in multiple fatalities when others attempt rescuing someone stuck in grain. Consider the following safety tips when working with grain bins.
Every day, hundreds of farm tractors, combines and other equipment are retired from service throughout the country. The reasons are many. Sometimes the tractor is just too old to do the job required. Sometimes a collision, fire or other accident damages the unit to the point where it is not cost effective to repair it. Many times a major component, such as an engine or transmission breaks, and the repair bill becomes more expensive than the overall value of the tractor. Sometimes, as we see more and more frequently, the farmer retires and the tractor he’s farmed with for decades retires with him.
What happens to all of these tractors and combines?
Planters are a valuable asset, but not everyone can afford a brand-new planter as they command a very high price tag in the neighborhood of $300,00 or more. That’s where used planting equipment becomes the most viable option for many producers.
Many used models still have plenty of life left and, if taken care of, are just as good as new. You’ll get all the performance you need but at a much more affordable price. If you are researching used planters for sale, use the below tips to make your search process more manageable.