Used Tractor Maintenance

A well cared for tractor is a productive tractor

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Maintain Used Tractors

How much time do you devote each week to the care of your tractor? In your busy season do you just run it into the barn, shut it off, and then start it up again when needed, without thought to adequate maintenance until trouble develops? If you do this, you are cheating yourself out of some of the top power that a well cared-for tractor can deliver, as well as hastening the day when you tractor will give up the ghost for good.

First of all, you should make it a point to know as much as possible about your tractor and how to care for it. As pointed out in the last article of this series, your manufacturer's instruction book should be carefully read and its words heeded. In these troublous days, your tractor dealer cannot always be depended upon to have labor available for repair work, nor parts for replacement. And if your tractor breaks down at an important time you may just be out of luck.

Here are some of the things that you can do to keep your tractor operating at top efficiency; two or three hours a week will be ample to cover them all and will pay ample dividends:

Always use clean fuel of the correct type for your tractor and keep the carburetor properly adjusted. Incidentally, if your tractor is of the low compression type and needs overhauling, talk to your dealer about converting it to the modern high-compression type so that you can get more power from your gasoline as well as more economical operation.

Be sure that your magneto parts are always clean and that the connections are tight. At the same time check the spark plugs and clean them if necessary.

Check the valves weekly for clearance and keep them adjusted exactly as specified by the instruction book.

If you have ignition trouble and are sure that it is in the magneto, do not take it apart. Remove the entire unit and take it to a competent service man.

See what your instruction book has to say about the engine lubricating system, the air cleaner, and the cooling system, and service them exactly as instructed. The same thing applies to the oil filter.

Check the transmission lubricant at least twice a year and grease or oil all other parts of the tractor in accordance with the directions in the instruction book.

Be sure that your clutch is always correctly adjusted. If it tends to grab or slip, investigate immediately. Never try to change the adjustment of the governor in an attempt to make the engine speed up.

Keep all tires properly inflated at all times.

Cleanliness is a must with all tractors. Never allow your tractor to become caked with mud or grease. Protect it from the weather as much as possible, keeping it under cover at all times when not in actual use.

You will find that strict observance of these few simple rules will amply repay you in long service and peak power from your tractor.

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