Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment: How to Keep Tractors and by Ann Larkin Hansen, Steve Hansen

By Ann Larkin Hansen, Steve Hansen

This Storey BASICS® name deals precisely what you want to comprehend to maintain your small farm’s apparatus in reliable operating order. Long-time farmers Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen disguise every thing from tractors and mowers to trimmers, tillers, ATVs, plows, discs, drills, planters, cultivators, mechanical rakes, and balers, displaying you the way to take care of your apparatus to avoid difficulties and the way to diagnose and connect the issues that do get it wrong.

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SPARK PLUG TOOLS The ceramic on spark plugs is prone to cracking, so plugs are best installed and removed with a special padded spark plug socket that fits on a socket wrench driver. A second tool is needed to calibrate the gap between the plug body and the wire at the end and is called, logically enough, a gapping tool. This set of thin pieces of metal, each machined to a precise thickness, allows you to select the piece that matches the specification in the manual, insert it in the gap, and gently tap the wire to correct the gap.

Hydraulic brakes generally have an accessible reservoir that can be checked for brake fluid. Consult your manual. Sharpening Blades Most blades on brush and lawn mowers are chisel ground — flat on one side and angled on the other. Other types of blades are mostly flat ground, where both sides are angled to the point.

6. Add the specified amount and type of new oil at the oil cap or the dipstick tube. FUEL STRAINER AND SEDIMENT BOWL instead of a fuel filter are common on older tractors. indd 56 7/14/15 2:40 PM Frozen Bolts or Loose Bolts A rusted-in bolt is one of the most common frustrations you’ll deal with on old implements, since much maintenance and most repairs begin with removing bolts to get at a part or system. Start by squirting on some penetrating oil (Liquid Wrench is one brand) and leaving it for a couple of minutes up to a couple of days.

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