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.

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!

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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

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 functioncouplerpromoimage_medium properly will ultimately fail. This means that expensive repairs are an inevitability if operators are not making greasing a priority. However, greasing can be a frustrating and difficult workday interruption. Fortunately, an innovative company called LockNLube has created a locking coupler that is guaranteed to lock in place around most grease fittings so that you can keep both hands free for greasing. This heavy-duty coupler is rated for up to 10,000 PSI and will not leak or pop off once properly secured to a fitting.

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!

An Exciting Announcement from Radiator Genie!

Radiator Genie, the only air and water cleaning wand on the market that’s specifically designed to clean radiators of all types and keep engine cooling systems at peak working condition, today announced the new Radiator Genie Industrial cleaning wand to support growth initiatives in the heavy-duty industrial market.  The wand is extra long for larger machinery and supports operator convenience.  The Radiator Genie is making the announcement at AAPEX 2018, held October 30-November 1 at The Sands Convention Center, where it will be exhibiting at booth #1767.

“The Radiator Genie is sold in auto parts stores across the United States and Canada.  There is no better utility tool on the market for maintaining all types of machinery including industrial, automotive, agriculture, lawn & garden and all types of cooling systems,” said Micki Rychecky, VP Sales at Radiator Genie.  “Our customers have been asking for a longer cleaning wand for heavy duty, large industrial equipment and it made great sense to add the industrial wand to our product line”

The Radiator Genie, originally designed as an effective and efficient alternative to expensive tractor radiator cleanings (or replacements), is used to clean and improve the performance of radiators and cooling systems on cars, trucks, boats, ATVs, lawn equipment, air filters, A/C units, refrigeration systems, and much more.  The Radiator Genie is the only tool on the market that can effectively clean the entire surface area of these systems, including the hardest to reach areas.

About Radiator Genie

Radiator Genie is an innovative, patent-approved line of water- and air-cleaning wands for high-efficiency cooling systems and all types of radiators. Created by Jerry Crum on his family ranch in Oklahoma, the Radiator Genie allows owners to extend the life of critical machinery and vehicles by keeping their radiators clean to prevent overheating.

4 Awesome Hay Field Tips For An Excellent Harvest

Hay is an essential part of raising livestock and having a farm. While some farmers and agriculturalists can raise their own hay on their land, many have to supplement with purchased hay. In addition, those with a surplus of hay can make quite the profit off of selling bales to individuals or businesses. However, it is essential to have an excellent harvest if you want to take advantage of all of the benefits of raising this simple but necessary crop.

Check out these 4 awesome hay field tips for an excellent harvest!

Be Familiar With Your Field

Whether you are a seasoned hay grower and seller or a newbie fresh on the farm, it is important to realize that the quality of your soil and the hay field itself will dramatically impact the quality of the hay produced there. So, it is important to become intimately familiar with your field before, during, and after growing or cutting. Understanding what grows in your field, how it drains or holds water, or even spotting unwanted brush and plants for removal can give you a massive advantage. Regular scouting trips into the field can mean the difference between a great harvest and a poor one. Field quality is super important and cannot be overstated. After all, higher quality hay fetches a higher price!

Know Your Seed

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best seed for your hay field. Fortunately, you’ve been regularly scouting so you know you field in and out. Picking the best hay seed variety will greatly impact the quality of your harvest. For example, the level of irrigation available to your field is important. If you cannot irrigate your field and provide lots of water for your crop, all is not lost. Simply choose a seed variety that thrives in a drier climate. In addition, it is crucial to think about the end purpose of your hay crop. It is even important to consider what kind of animal will be fed with the crop as certain types of hay suit different kinds of livestock better than others.

Cut Smart

Cutting your hay at the right time of the season is a great way to increase the quality of your harvest. This is because the amount of valuable crude protein in your hay can drop based on your crop’s stage of maturity when it is cut. If you wait too long to cut your hay, there may be more volume but the quality of your harvest could be poor. To make matters even more tricky, harvesters have the weather to consider when they are setting out to cut their hay. For example, harvesting hay after a few dry days and the hay is not too moist is ideal. Who wants to harvest in the rain, anyway?

Keep Your Equipment Clean

Although it is very important to know your field, understand your seed, and cut at a smart time, using working equipment is also very important to have a good hay harvest. One of the basics of good equipment maintenance practices that are often overlooked is equipment cleanliness. A dirty tractor or harvester can fail due to debris and neglected wear and tear. In addition, if there is a leak or some other visible issue, they are often not spotted until it is too late on dirty equipment. Focusing on cleaning equipment is one of the most important preventative maintenance measures a hay expert can participate in while maintaining their equipment.

If you’re looking for an innovative way to clean your haying equipment fast, check out the Radiator Genie! The Radiator Genie kit includes a wand for air to blow away debris from radiators and other hard to reach areas. The kit also includes a water wand that can be used to blast away stuck on dirt, grease, and grime! Click here to shop now!