How To Find Reliable Used Farm Equipment

Owning brand new farm equipment is a dream! Unfortunately, it is also an expensive dream at times. Purchasing new equipment to use on the farm is not always an option for many hard working people. Fortunately, there are many people and businesses who are willing to sell their used equipment for a fraction of the new price. This means that the “new to you” tractor that you need to have a great harvest this season might not be out of your reach after all. The key is knowing what to look for and what to avoid.

Know What You Need

A very important first step in buying used agricultural equipment is defining what it is you actually need. Understanding what you can go without and what you absolutely must have will help you find the best deal for your particular situation. For example, if you live in southern Florida, an air-conditioned cab might be high up on your list of priorities while someone in a more mild climate might be able to do without that specific feature.

Before you even set out and start searching for used farm equipment, make a list of the equipment you need and all of the features it absolutely must have. If you have a little extra time, it is even a good idea to list all of the “pluses”. These are features that you don’t absolutely need, but it would be nice to have. This list of additional features will help you narrow down the list of equipment even further to find the perfect piece of used farm equipment for an even better price.

Ask for Maintenance History

Purchasing used equipment can sometimes seem like a huge gamble in comparison to purchasing brand new farm equipment. The process doesn’t have to be so uncertain though. Anyone you purchase your equipment from should be able to provide some sort of proof of proper maintenance. This should be true for both independent sellers and businesses who repair and sell used equipment.

Things you should look for in a piece of used equipment’s maintenance history include fuel and oil filter replacements, winterization practices, and regular greasing. It is also a good idea to check out the battery and air filter compartments if those are present in the piece of equipment you are considering. Examining the contents of those particular compartments will tell you if the equipment has been well taken care of or forgotten in a shed somewhere.

Search For Grime

If a piece of equipment has been taken care of as it should have been, it will be clean when you arrive to inspect it. If used farm equipment is not kept clean, a variety of issues can crop up. For example, it is incredibly difficult to spot leaks and other signs of potential issues when a piece of equipment is dirty. Diagnosing mechanical issues is also very difficult when equipment is covered in grime. Assessing the level of cleanliness on and around a piece of used equipment is a great way to determine how well it was cared for by its previous owner.

However, cleaning up your equipment before selling it is selling 101. To be sure the seller is not being dishonest, it is a good idea to examine hard-to-reach places that might have been missed during a quick cleaning. Some good places to check before committing to a purchase include the chassis and behind the radiator.

Beware Deal Breakers

There are certain mechanical and structural issues that are full on deal breakers when it comes to purchasing used farm equipment. On the other hand, there are also problems that just come with the territory. For examples, huge deal breakers would include questionable wiring, black smoke emitting from the exhaust, and

Greasing is a necessary evil for all heavy duty equipment and tractor users. If a tractor is not properly and regularly greased the essential mechanisms that allow it to function properly will ultimately fail. This means that expensive repairs are an inevitability if operators are not making greasing a priority.

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How to Prep Your Equipment for Planting After Storage

Properly preparing your planting equipment for winter storage is essential for success. However, reversing that preparation and making your equipment ready again for planting season is equally as important. Readying your machinery for planting can extend your equipment life, reduce regular maintenance costs, and save you precious time when the real work of planting actually begins.

Change Air & Fuel Filters

Whether your tractor uses diesel or gasoline fuel, it is still a combustion engine that needs the proper mixture of fuel to oxygen to run at optimal levels. This means that clean and fresh air and fuel filters are a must.

A clean air and fuel filter will allow your planting equipment to operate at an optimal level. This means that your planting will be more efficient, your equipment will not go down unexpectedly, and you will avoid costly repairs during the planting season.

Clean & Maintain Fuel Tanks

As a part of your winter preparation, it is recommended that you empty your gas tank or add a fuel stabilizer to a full tank of gas. If you’re not sure about the status of the gas in your tank, it is a good idea to go ahead and empty the planting equipment tank and start with fresh gas. It is even a good idea to drop the gas tank completely and clean it or, at the very least, run a fuel system safe cleaner in your first fill up after winter storage.

While this planting preparation may seem like a lot of work right before the busy planting season, you can be sure this important step will save you a lot of headache down the road. During the winter, unstabilized fuel can collect moisture and gum up sensitive fuel systems on tractors. Proper tractor maintenance can prevent costly delays in planting and machinery repairs.

Clear Radiators & Engines

A lot can befall our precious planting equipment over the winter months. From insect and rodent nests to falling leaves and more, a lot of debris can build up in our machinery before the planting season. Not to mention any debris that was missed in your pre-storage cleaning. Cleaning your equipment’s radiator and engine compartment will help keep your tractor cool during planting.

Planting preparation cleaning doesn’t have to be a drag though. There are specially designed tools out there to help keep your equipment clean without breaking your back or wasting time. The Radiator Genie is one such tool. With a water wand that simply hooks up to any standard water hose and an air wand that attaches to any air compressor, you can blast away dirt and debris in no time! Don’t worry about craning your neck, hurting your back, or scratching up your arm to get at hard to reach places. The Radiator Genie has a long tube and specially curved nozzle to make reaching those places easy!

Grease, Grease, & More Grease

Checking all of your fittings, bearings, and other grease-able mechanisms on all of your planting equipment is key for a successful planting season. Over the winter months, grease can be washed away, become gummy, and collect dirt and debris.

Greasing is a necessary evil for all heavy duty equipment and tractor users. If a tractor is not properly and regularly greased the essential mechanisms that allow it to function properly will ultimately fail. This means that expensive repairs are an inevitability if operators are not making greasing a priority.

Get the job done fast with “tools that work!” Visit our shop or check out one of our retail partners to pick up a Radiator Genie, today!

4 Resolutions Guaranteed to Extend Your Equipment Life

It is a new year and that means we all have a chance to improve our current processes. For individuals who rely on vehicles, motorized tools, and other equipment to get the job done, it is a great time to reflect on ways to protect our equipment to make sure it will stay up and running all year long.

In this post, we will be discussing 4 resolutions that will most certainly help you keep your equipment up and running in the new year.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Whether you complete your equipment’ routine maintenance schedule yourself or send it out to be completed, it is a great idea to actually plot it out for the year on a calendar. We even recommend setting a reminder on your phone or computer to make sure you don’t miss the date.

If the maintenance schedule for your tractor, four wheelers, or heavy-duty equipment is readily available, you’re guaranteed to stick to it for the year. No more missed maintenance appointments!

Make an Operator Checklist

Daily operator maintenance is just as important to extending the life of your farm, construction, or household equipment as scheduled routine maintenance. Regularly checking fluid levels and greasing can mean the difference between shutting down and getting the job done.

You probably know your tractor, four wheelers, or heavy-duty equipment like the back of your hand. There are sometimes, though, that owners or regular operators aren’t the ones using the equipment. To make sure even well-meaning operators don’t skip a single step in their operator duties, make a checklist and keep in, on, or near your equipment at all times. If you’re afraid regular paper won’t hold up in the harsh environment where you live and work, laminate the checklist for safe keeping!

Keep It Clean

Keeping your equipment clean is an extremely important part of equipment maintenance. A clean tractor, four wheeler, or another piece of equipment is much easier to prevent problems. In addition, diagnosing any issues can be extremely difficult when examining a gunked up apparatus. Regular grease and grime often hide cracks, leaks, and more.

Another great reason to keep your equipment clean is to prevent breakdowns altogether. Keeping your equipment clean can go a long way to help you stay up and running to get the job done. A great way to stick to your cleaning resolution is to have the right tools. Visit radiatorgenie.com to check out a great tool that is specially designed to keep tractors and other essential pieces of machinery clean and running cool.

Proper Storage

Your equipment goes through a lot on a regular basis while it is in operation. But what about when you aren’t with your equipment? A lot of damage can be done to a piece of equipment even while it isn’t running. For this reason, proper storage is essential to extending the life of your tractor, four wheelers, or heavy-duty equipment.

If your equipment is stored without shelter or even in an easily accessible shelter, consider locking that structure down. Keeping out thieves and vandals, even in rural areas, can offer hard working professionals a lot of peace of mind while relaxing at home. It is also important to keep storage areas tidy and clean of cobwebs or junk. Critters can chew hoses, build nests in fuse boxes, and more.

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5 Gifts For Farmers That They’ll Actually Love

Farmers and people who work outside or in agriculture are not easily impressed with gimmicks and snake-oil. These hard-working individuals crave tools that actually work and help them get their jobs done faster and better. However, finding unique and fun gifts for people who work with their hands can sometimes be difficult. That is why we’ve created a list of items that farmers and other people who work hard will love!

Check out these 5 gifts for Farmers that actually work! They’re great for the Holidays, Father’s Day, Birthdays, and more!

Vented Funnels

Thick fluids are often frustrating to pour into containers, gas tanks, and more. Ordinary funnels don’t allow thick fluids like hydraulic fluid or oil flow freely into whatever QkQzOTVCRUJDRUVENTdBRTJDRTA6ZDJiYWUwMWIwOTUyYWI0NDVkOTYyOWMwZmQwODg4ZTE6Ojo6OjA=container is being filled. Often times, this can mean that a funnel gets backed up. When the neck of the funnel clears of the fluid, a phenomenon known as “spitting”can cause an awful mess by spraying the fluid on the funnel user. Thankfully, the people behind the SpeedyFlo vented funnel have successfully invented a funnel that eliminates backup, spitting, and messes! The vented funnel allows fluids to flow freely into containers and eliminates the mess and frustration common to pouring oil and hydraulic fluid. Watch the SpeedyFlo funnel in action here!

 

Locking Coupler

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Wire Tight

Wire Tight is an innovative product that makes tightening loose barbed wire fences a breeze. The Wire Tight barbed wire fence tightener is a fantastic tool and accessory forAdobe Spark (7) any tractor operator because it can be used to rejuvenate barbed wire fences as you come across problem areas in a small amount of time with very little effort. Storing your Wire Tight on your tractor while you go about your daily tasks eliminates the need for long and drawn out treks across your property just to refresh your fence line. Fix a fence line in minutes as you go! The unique design is specially calibrated to take up six whole inches of slack with each bite! Check it out in this video!

Radiator Genie

The Radiator Genie is a patented tool that can be easily used to clean out tough to reach spots on your tractor or other kinds of farming equipment. The kit comes with an air wand that hooks up to a compressor and can be used to blow out debris. There is also a 022742010741_view3water wand that can be easily hooked up to a common water hose. Each wand is specially shaped to reach behind radiators to make sure every bit of grease and grime is removed and your radiator stays unclogged and you can keep on farming. I especially love the fact that the water wand eliminates the need to lug around a heavy (and many times hard to use) power washer every time I need to wash out my tractor’s radiator. If you’d like to see a more thorough review of the Radiator Genie you can check out this video.

Radiator Genie – Industrial

The Radiator Genie Industrial is set to be released in early 2019. We’ve taken our alreadyRG IND Plain super effective design and upgraded it for the heavy-duty professional. This product features an extra long wand that can be used for either water or air. The Radiator Genie Industrial also has an all-metal handle for extra durability. The Industrial is a truly heavy-duty gift that will please anyone who works hard for a living. Look for our new product in early 2019!

4 Heavy Duty Uses for The Radiator Genie – Industrial

Available in early 2019!

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While our regular Radiator Genie is sturdy and made to last, some of our Industrial or Heavy Duty customers have requested a few upgrades to our standard kit. In response, we created the Radiator Genie Industrial! This enhanced Radiator Genie configuration uses an all-metal handle to stand up to even the harshest working environments. We’ve also consolidated our two wands (water and air) into a single wand that can be used for both! The Radiator Genie Industrial also includes an interchangeable air fitting and an extra long wand for operator convenience in extreme environments.

Clean Heavy Equipment Under Carriage

We designed the Radiator Genie Classic to help our customers reach tight areas behind tractor radiators. While that design is great and provides plenty of utility for many different applications, the Radiator Genie Industrial was designed as an enhanced device to clean even harder to reach areas. One of the main features of the Radiator Genie Industrial is its extra long wand. The Industrial has a 50” long wand that is perfect for cleaning heavy equipment undercarriages on bulldozers, harvesters, mining trucks, garbage trucks, and more. This piece of equipment is an investment in extending the life of your equipment by making regular operator chores a breeze! Encourage your team to clean their vehicles and heavy equipment more often by making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard!

Clean Mechanisms on Logging Equipment

The Industrial was developed to solve problems for specific industries like the logging industry. Logging equipment, in particular, involves dangerous equipment with lots of nooks and crannies that can be hard to clean. However, it is essential to clean this equipment despite the challenges presented. Forestry equipment can be expensive and repairs are often costly. Using the Radiator Genie Industrial is like purchasing an insurance policy for your equipment because cleaning is an important part of preventative maintenance. The cleaner your equipment, the less likely it is to break down. Our extra long and all metal Industrial tool is specially designed to stand up to the harsh conditions presented by the logging and forestry industry.

Blow Out Hopper Blockages

This impressive tool can be used to dislodge blockages in hoppers on many different types of machines. From grain to gravel, a blast of air from the Radiator Genie Industrial could be just the thing to get your crew back to work. Better yet, this tool is specially designed to reach hard to access areas in a hopper and can keep your team safe by giving them an extra 50” on their reach. Don’t send your technician or crew member into the depths of a hopper. Invest in a Radiator Genie Industrial to keep them safe and your equipment running great!

Eliminate Bulky Equipment

One of the most impressive features of the Radiator Genie industrial is that a single wand can be used for both air and water. Just like Radiator Genie classic, this wand can provide some heavy duty cleaning pressure just by attaching to a water hose. All of this is a great way to eliminate the need for bulky equipment like pressure washers, extension arms, and more! Want your fleet to travel a little more lightly? Purchase each unit their own Radiator Genie Industrial!