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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

If you feed a TMR (Total Mixed Ration), Kelly Smith, the product specialist for Kuhn North America outlines some crucial maintenance, inspection and storage procedures that will ensure your mixer is properly cared for. Moving parts, including PTO shafts, drivelines, bearings, door guides and linkages should all be properly and thoroughly greased. Double checking the oil levels, and being sure that the oil in any gearbox or chain case gets changed at correct intervals is vital to the performance of the machine. For automatic oilers, be sure to check the reservoir and also ensure that the oil dripper or brush is properly positioned or else oil may not be distributed correctly. For oil baths, the oil level is also important; an oil level that is too high may indicate the oil has been contaminated with water or feed ingredients. Chains should be thoroughly cleaned - grease and dirt combinations can be abrasive. Sprockets must be checked for excessive wear that could indicate an issue ranch wheelsBY KESLY PORTER Tips for making sure your winter feed equipment doesn’t let you down when you really need it arvesting season is rapidly wrapping up, and winter is quickly closing in. Snow will soon be fl ying, and temperatures will plummet which means it’s time to switch out the haying equipment for the feeding equipment. Already dreading the thought of having to spend the brisk and breezy mornings working on your machinery’s fi rst of the season breakdowns? By following the advice of these experts and properly conditioning and storing your equipment you can be completely confi dent that it will be ready to use and dependable when you need it most. Start your mixer up slowly on a cold morning and let it warm up before you load Round 1. KUHN NORTH AMERICA 56 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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