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Winter Maintenance Tips

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  • To being winterizing your sprayer, check your owner’s manual to review any maintenance program suggested. Your warranty can be jeopardized if proper winter care is not given to your farm equipment.
  • Winterize your sprayer with RV antifreeze. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
  • Consider changing the seals and rollers on your sprayer’s pump after several seasons to improve its performance. Contact an authorized CropCare dealer for parts and technical advice.
  • Record repairs needed. Over time, if done annually, you’ll gain valuable insight, enabling you to estimate repair costs and work them into the new year’s budget.
  • Give your sprayer and farm equipment a close inspection for dirt or debris, and remove it.
  • Clean farm equipment, dry it, and lubricate it. Lubricants used with equipment through the winter should offer the proper viscosity to handle low ambient temperatures.
  • Protect any exposed metal parts with a lubricant or rust preventative. Keep your barn or storage area free from moisture as much as possible. Purchase heavy-duty tarps to protect your farm equipment and sprayer from winter conditions if it is stored outside.

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    A heavy-duty tarp can help protect your sprayer.
  • Change the oil and the oil filters. Use the oil recommended by the equipment’s manufacturer.
  • Use starting fluid sparingly in tractors or small-engine equipment used through freezing temperatures. Use starting fluid only while cranking the engine.
  • Top off the fuel and add a fuel stabilizer if storing your equipment for weeks at a time.
  • Disconnect batteries if storing it through winter. Remove any debris. If the top of a battery is covered with damp dirt, it can conduct electricity and drain your battery (even if there are no cables connected).
  • Purchase equipment parts and supplies now and stock them. If any need to be replaced in the spring, you’ll have what you need and there will be less downtime.
  • Remove electronic controllers from your machine and store in moderate temperatures in a clean and dry location. Most current controllers will retain any programmed memory, however, be sure you record all calibrations before removing the unit.

 

Is Your Sprayer Nozzle the Right Material?

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Poly Sprayer Nozzle

Sprayer tips can be made from various materials, mainly soft metal (aluminum or brass), polypropylene, stainless steel, hardened stainless steel, or ceramic.

When choosing the nozzle for your sprayer application, think about the nozzle’s cost, its longevity/durability, and its performance/accuracy. (See Tips For Choosing The Right Sprayer Nozzle.)

The material it’s made of will play an integral role in meeting your needs.

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Tips For Choosing the Right Sprayer Nozzle

Your sprayer nozzles should provide safe, adequate coverage while avoiding product waste.

It’d be great if one nozzle type covered all applications sufficiently, but that’s just not the case.

“That is why we offer so many different spray angles, droplet sizes, and flow rates,” said Bryan Fowler, regional sales manager at TeeJet Technologies. “Spraying is quite varied and has many different requirements.”

With all the choices, it can be overwhelming.

Fowler and Lowell Graybill, sales and technical support at CropCare Equipment, offer some guidance: Continue reading ..

Check Your Sprayer Before Spring Use

3PT300_Studio_IsolatedProper care of your ag sprayer can add years to its life, and could eliminate downtime in the field.

Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your sprayer is ready to go this spring:

  • Flush the sprayer to cleanse it of antifreeze or buildup, and to ensure its plumbing system, seals and gaskets have not suffered any winter damage.
  • Remove, inspect and clean the main system screen, boom line screens and nozzle screens.
  •  Do a visual inspection for any worn parts, loose bolts, or other visible problems, and make necessary repairs.
  • Clean your sprayer’s nozzles, and test the nozzle flow rates. (Teejet® recommends replacing nozzles after every spraying season.)
  • Inspect all wire of electric and automatic rate controls and test their operation.

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Keep Critters Away from Farm Equipment – 7 Tips

Farmers in regions where winters get harsh know that rodent control is part of their equipment maintenance plan.

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Small critters can cause big destruction when it comes to farm equipment.

Small critters, such as mice, can cause big destruction when it comes to ag equipment. By nature, those pests will be looking for any warm place to call home. Don’t let your sprayer be prime real estate!

Here are tips to help keep mice, rats and other rodents from making a home out of your tractor or sprayer, and keep them from chewing on hoses, wiring, and/or wiring harnesses: Continue reading ..