Once you invest in a John Deere tractor, you’re going to want to take care of it. Maintenance is essential to keeping your machinery in working order for years to come, but proper storage tactics should be taken seriously as well.
That being said, here are some tractor storage tips you can take into account, as well as ways to keep your equipment operational over time.
Coverage is important when considering a tractor storage location, especially for the harsh winter months. A tractor cover can help, as long as it is not plastic. Plastic covers reduce air circulation, which can cause machinery problems over time. Ideally, you should try to choose a tractor storage location that does not experience dramatic temperature fluctuations.
Exterior Maintenance Measures Prior to Storage
Prior to storing your John Deere tractor, it’s important to execute some exterior maintenance efforts. For starters, consider repairing or replacing any parts that may have been damaged over the working season.
Wash your tractor, then remove and clean the tractor battery. While the tractor is in storage, the battery should be stored in a cool place, but not an area where it will freeze. Make sure to lubricate the grease points of your tractor, such as the hydraulic cylinder rods.
Finally, allow one-third of the air out of the tractor tires once you place a series of stands or blocks under the machine itself. If you see signs of rust, take the opportunity to paint over these sections of the tractor to prevent further corrosion.
Interior (Under the Hood) Maintenance Measures Prior to Storage
Before your leave your tractor in storage, make sure you change the engine oil and filter if necessary. You may also want to start the engine and allow it to run for a few moments, or until it reaches operating temperature.
Make sure to drain all of your fuel and add back four liters. In addition, you’ll want to add 0.4 liters of stabilizer/corrosion inhibitor to prevent rust.
Finally, take a few moments to clean your engine and the engine area. Storage time is ideal for removing dirt and grime that may have built up under the hood.
By taking these tractor storage tips into consideration, you can ensure that your John Deere tractor is in working order next spring.