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. However, you can’t maintain a yard or farm efficiently if you don’t do the same with the necessary equipment — i.e., the tractor itself. If you’ve recently purchased a tractor package for sale, it’s essential to have a proper plan for safe storage. Here’s what you need to know about safely storing your tractor during the off-season.
First, make sure to pay close attention to the pressure levels of your tractor’s tires. Before long-term storage, it’s best to inflate the tires to the maximum recommended pressure to prevent flat spots. Flat spots occur as a result of the tractor putting weight on the same parts of the tire for a long period of time, and the easiest solution is more inflation. Of course, you should never exceed the pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
Even though you’re storing your tractor in a covered area, like a shed, it’s still a good idea to cover it with a high-quality and form-fitting cover. Make sure it’s breathable with a soft inner layer so as not to scratch or damage the tractor. This helps to prevent getting dust, dirt, and other debris in the inner working of the tractor and its engine, reducing the overall wear and tear that results from non-use.
Finally, as is the case with other types of vehicle storage, it’s important to check on the fluids before storing it for the long term. Typically, you’ll have to add fuel stabilizer, fill the fuel tank, and run the engine long enough to circulate the fuel throughout its injection system. And don’t forget to get an oil and filter change, if possible, which will help to eliminate acids and other potential waste products of corrosion.
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. Regardless of the way you use your tractor, keeping these tips in mind can help you store your tractor package safely for long-term use. For more information about tractor package deals, contact Big Tex Tractor.