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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Making hay is an expensive process and poorly maintained equipment
can add unwanted expenses and downtime, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“The equipment itself and repairing broken equipment is costly as well, so efforts
to maintain the equipment will pay off long term,” he said. Equipment for haymaking
includes mowers, balers, rakes, tedders, and hay-moving equipment.
Philipp offers a pre-season maintenance checklist for each piece of equipment.
“Keep your machines clean from plant parts such as chopped or cut forage,” he said.
“Oil leaks can be detected more easily this way.”
Check for correct operation of the disk blades.
“These are driven and synchronized through a gearing mechanism,” he said “In some
rare instances this gearing can malfunction, causing costly repairs, so make sure
the mechanical parts work properly and are serviced regularly.”
For balers, similar maintenance recommendations apply:
Tedders and rakes may not be as mechanically complex as mowers and balers, but still
need attention with respect to proper functioning:
“For all equipment, refer to the equipment manual for maintenance intervals, placements
of grease fittings, specification of replacement parts, and adjustment procedures,”
Philipp said. If the manual is lost, check with the manufacturer or look online.
For more information about livestock production, visit www.uaex.uada.edu or http://arkansalivestockdotcom.wordpress.com.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race,
color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
By the Cooperative Extension ServiceUofA Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com