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By Ann Larkin Hansen, Steve Hansen

This Storey BASICS® identify bargains precisely what you must be aware of to maintain your small farm’s gear in solid operating order. Long-time farmers Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen disguise every little thing from tractors and mowers to trimmers, tillers, ATVs, plows, discs, drills, planters, cultivators, mechanical rakes, and balers, displaying you the way to take care of your gear to avoid difficulties and the way to diagnose and connect the issues that do get it wrong.

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Small engines have air filters and fuel screens for this purpose; large engines have air and fuel filters, plus oil and hydraulic filters. These should be cleaned or changed as directed in the owner’s manual. AIR FILTERS COME IN ALL SIZES and shapes to fit the variety of engines found on most small farms. They’re cheap and simple to replace on small engines; on tractors, you may have to disassemble and clean them once a year. indd 32 7/14/15 2:40 PM of fuel to see what works best for your equipment.

If you’re often running equipment in very dry and dusty conditions, or on very sandy soil, use a dry lubricant such as graphite or dissolved paraffin wax (White Lightning is one brand) instead of oil on chains, to keep grit from sticking to and wearing the chain. For nonmoving parts that must be absolutely dry to function properly, such as the seed bins on planters and drills, use a dry lubricant or a light coat of spray-on metal paint as a rust preventive. When bolts are frozen in place, a penetrating oil such as Liquid Wrench can be applied to help free them.

Note also that many small engines now come with separate manuals for the engine and the machinery, and old tractors may have both an operator’s manual and a maintenance and repair manual. In those cases, you’ll want both manuals. GREASE GUN The second most important tool to own is a grease gun. This works similarly to a caulking gun; at the end of the tube (and we highly recommend getting a gun with a flexible rubber rather than jointed or straight metal tube) is a metal coupler that fits over a grease zerk.

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