A compact tractor is a smaller version of an agricultural tractor and is used mainly for landscaping, designing, moving snow and estate management tasks instead of agricultural work like pulling, pushing, planting and harvesting commercially. Compact utility tractors usually have hydrostatic transmissions but gear-drive transmission variants are also available at cheaper rates. All compact tractors feature protection structures just like agricultural tractors which can be rolled over and rolled back depending on use. The most well-known brands in North America include Kubota, John Deere Tractor, New Holland Ag, Case-Farm all and Massey-Ferguson. Compact backhoes are often attached to compact utility tractors.
There are a number of steps that need to be followed to ensure that your compact tractor is safe and stable before and after every use. Check them out.
Look for the basics
Check for leaks, loose bolts and worn out cables or hoses. Too much dirt building up in the machine could be a sign of leakage. Replace hoses and clamps periodically and check if the clamps in the drain plug need tightening. Check for hydraulic reservoir fluids as well as sediments. Check if the hazard lights, turn indicators are working properly and PTO shields are in place, as is the neutral switch.
A good grease gun with some high-quality grease can work wonders in maintaining your compact tractor effectively. Tractors have a lot of moving parts that are routinely exposed to dirt and grime which can be effectively dealt with by greasing tractor parts well to prevent machine failure and premature wear and tear.
Engine oil levels must be checked each time before you resume work with the tractor. Engine oil must be checked when it is cold so that an accurate level can be gauged. Extreme weather condition may require more frequent oil changes. Diesel oil will darken with use but it is not an indicator of oil change routines.
Modern tractors have multiple filters to ensure that clean air passes through the engine, thus making it more smooth and efficient at every use. The primary air filter must be inspected frequently to make sure it is running optimally. Secondary filters must also be checked, though not as frequently. Make sure that you use company manufactured parts to continue the same level of efficiency.
Spark plugs need to be checked in older tractors for improper firing and sparks which result in carbon build-up. Merely switching the tractor on, may cause wear and tear and it is important that this tiny detail is taken care of immediately otherwise it may result in complete system failure.
Battery needs to be maintained once or twice a year, even if there are no problems seen in switching the tractor on. Clean and inspect the cables and hoses, measure voltage and recharge with distilled water to ensure the battery runs effectively for a longer time.
Maintaining a tractor requires patience but the rewards are worth remembering.