Take 5: steps for front loader main­te­nance and safety

Irish Independent - Farming - - MACHINERY -

FRONT LOAD­ERS will soon be thrust into win­ter feed­ing du­ties, and now is the time to check that your loader is in safe con­di­tion for an­other sea­son’s work.

Proper main­te­nance is es­sen­tial to en­sure ef­fi­cient work­ing and safety.

trac­tor loader needs to be greased reg­u­larly. De­pend­ing on the at­tach­ment be­ing used, there can be 10 to 20 grease points on a loader. Greas­ing re­duces wear and helps mov­ing points to move freely. All grease points should be greased at least once a week or ev­ery 10 hours’ work.

oil pres­sure keeps your loader in the air. Due to the high pres­sure of the sys­tem, what may ini­tially start as a drip or a mi­nor leak can quickly be­come a much big­ger prob­lem. Hy­draulic hose pipes age from weather, and over time they can crack. They should be checked for cracks or signs of ag­ing and re­placed if nec­es­sary.

at­tach­ing or de­tach­ing the loader, make sure to leave it on level ground.

Again, the park­ing stands should be checked over to make sure they are work­ing prop­erly and all pins are in place.

When leav­ing the loader in on its park­ing stands, an at­tach­ment such as a bucket helps keep the loader sta­ble.

quick re­lease for the at­tach­ments should be checked to en­sure that it is work­ing prop­erly.

If the quick re­lease does not work, the at­tach­ment will not be held on prop­erly and will fall off when tilted — with po­ten­tially dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

This is the busi­ness end of the loader, and the hy­draulic hoses are sus­cep­ti­ble to im­pact from heavy round bales or stones.

away any dirt on the loader in or­der to check the loader frame for cracks or weak­nesses. In par­tic­u­lar, keep an eye on the weld ar­eas and keep these clean from muck through­out the sea­son so you can spot a weak­ness at an early stage. Check all bolts that hold the loader to its frame and to the trac­tor; put a span­ner on them to en­sure they are tight.

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