3 Simple Steps To Get Your Machines Ready For Spring

Planting season is always a very busy time of year on the farm, but it can be especially hectic when winter overstays its welcome. A shorter spring means there’s even less time than usual for farmers to complete some of the most important work of the year.

During a condensed planting season, equipment is under added stress because it needs to work overtime to meet demands. To keep machines protected and operating at peak performance during a shorter spring, farmers can set themselves up for success by preparing their equipment and fluids while the fields are still wet. 

Here are three ways you can prepare your equipment’s lubricants before it’s time to hit the field.

1. Perform a used oil analysis. 

Throughout the winter, the lubricant inside your equipment can get contaminated by moisture, dirt and other elements. This is possible even if your equipment has been sitting in storage all winter. Performing a used oil analysis is a simple and easy way to find out if your equipment’s oil is fit to handle the stress of spring planting. 

A used oil analysis can also reveal early warning signs of larger problems that may be starting inside your equipment. Lubricants touch all the moving parts inside a machine, so their condition can provide a very valuable look at what’s going on under the hood. By catching smaller issues early, farmers can prevent bigger problems later down the road that could cause equipment failure during one of the most important times of the year. 

Performing a used oil analysis is easy. All you need is a LubeScan Used Oil Analysis kit, which you can purchase from Centra Sota. Using the kit, you’ll collect a small sample of used oil and send it in for analysis to the ALS global testing lab. Technicians will also give your equipment a custom diagnosis. Cenex recommends starting this process about three weeks out from when you’re aiming to be in the field.

2. Prepare your equipment and fluid supply. 

While you’re waiting for the results of your used oil analysis, utilize the time to perform other proactive tasks, like preventive maintenance on your equipment. Just because your equipment was working when you put it into storage does not guarantee it’ll still be working properly when you take it out. 

Long winters make for wet, muddy springs, creating an increased risk of contaminants getting inside equipment. Check for exterior damage to make sure your machines are ready to handle sloppy spring conditions. 

Along with performing preventive maintenance, use pre-season downtime to stock up on any fluids you’ll need. Time is precious during planting. Save yourself from an unplanned trip and visit a Centra Sota location ahead of time. That way, you’ll have all the fluids you need on-hand so you won’t lose valuable time in the field later on.

3. Choose quality lubricants. 

As the saying goes, you are what you eat, and that applies to your equipment as well. High-quality synthetic fluids like the Maxtron family of lubricants from Cenex provide superior protection for your machines.

Enhanced with powerful additives, each Maxtron formulation is engineered for maximum performance. What’s more, thanks to new EnduroVis polymer technology, Maxtron Enviro-Edge and Maxtron Deo are some of the most durable diesel engine oils on the market, keeping your equipment protected longer and in the field where it belongs.

Good or bad, what happens during planting can set the tone for your operation all season long. That’s why, when facing a shortened spring, it’s crucial to plan ahead so you can make the most of your time in the field. A strong start in the spring can create valuable momentum throughout the growing season. Click the button below to find your closest Centra Sota location.
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