More than 150 companies were manufacturing various tractor makes and models in the 1910s. Now, the market is a bit more refined and more importantly technological. Tractor efficiency is stronger than ever, as long as you as the operator can keep up with some basic maintenance tasks. After all, the average American spends, on average, four hours per week taking care of their lawn. That adds up to an average of 208 hours per year or over eight days. If you recently purchased a machine from tractor package deals and are struggling to maintain your tractor’s efficiency, these thoughtful tips can help.
Make a maintenance schedule.
It’s not always easy to remember or recognize when your tractor requires even basic maintenance. That’s why it helps to create some sort of calendar or schedule to help you keep diligent track of the maintenance required on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis.
‘Gear up and throttle down.’
‘Gear up and throttle down’ — also called GUTD — is a practice intended to save riders on fuel expenses and efficiency. It’s best to use it when the load pulled needs only 70% of the full power of the tractor. There are more than 3 million farmers across America, and farmers everywhere can conserve fuel by shifting up to a higher gear while slowing down the RPM (engine speed) in order to keep the speed consistent and reduce wear and tear.
Reduce Idling Times
Approximately 87% of farms in the U.S. are owned and operated by individuals or families. But anyone who owns a tractor should know that letting a tractor idle for long periods of time reduces efficiency and increased wear and tear on the engine. It’s best to consult your owner’s manual for specific details, but for the most part, three to five minutes is plenty of idle time to get fluids flowing properly. All it takes is a bit of diligence on your end to make sure your tractor isn’t idling and wasting fuel and efficiency.
About 83% of Americans think having a yard is important and 90% of those with a yard think it is important that it is also well-maintained. But keeping a well-maintained tractor is just as vital. For more information about Branson tractor package deals, contact Big Tex Tractor.