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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

RCMR INCORPORATED Winter can put a terrible strain on feeding equipment. with sprocket alignment or a need to adjust the chain tightness. Check battery, fuel fi lters, tires and engine condition in general to ensure peak performance. The below freezing temperatures combined with moisture from snow and rain can make it harder for the equipment to get up and running or possibly even break parts. To prevent this, clean the mixer and discharge areas thoroughly at the end of every day, or more frequently if needed. Start the mixer up slowly and give it some time to warm up before you make your fi rst load. Storing the equipment indoors if possible, and using an effi cient winter blend of fuel will also produce the optimum results. Machines such as the EZ Ration Hay Processor from RCMR Incorporated can also be easily maintained prior to use in order to ensure a trouble free feeding season for you this winter. RC Patterson, RCMR President says that his fi rst recommendation would be to thoroughly clean out the processor to prevent feed remnants from freezing inside and possibly breaking parts. Be sure to clean the grain bin of any remaining feed and leave the auger cleanout open so any remaining moisture can drain to prevent freezing. Greasing and servicing the machine, as well as the truck, if it is a mounted unit, and paying careful attention to gear box seals, wheel seals, u-joints, yokes, chains and sprockets is key. Any of these parts that may need to be repaired or replaced should be noted and fi xed as soon as possible. RC also recommends that any noted repairs be fi nished during the off season, well before feeding begins. Manufacturers are overloaded during feeding season and getting your parts may take longer if you wait until the last minute. If the processor is going to be stored outside where it will be exposed to the elements, then dribbling a little used oil over the exposed fl oor-chain links can provide some protection from the moisture and potential erosion. Following these maintenan ce tips and recommendations will prepare you and your equipment for the feeding season ahead and dramatically reduce the headaches, or should I say brainfreezes, that result from working on equipment during the cold and windy weather ahead. Now that you’ve taken the advice straight from these experts, you can prepare and head into the upcoming season with confi dence, knowing your equipment is ready to go to work. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 57


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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