Daily Maintenance During Hay Season. Do it Right. Do it Right Now.

Hay production always takes its toll on machinery. However, when you make it a habit to maintain your hay equipment investment on a daily basis, it pays huge dividends later on.

Do it right (and do it right now) in-season, and it will work hard for you every season helping to achieve better performance, reduced wear, less downtime, longer life and, potentially, a higher resale value. Just make sure you do it!

In-Season Hay Equipment Maintenance Checklist*

MOWERS

DAILY START CHECKLIST:

  • Check all safety items – highway lights, guards and safety signs
  • Repair hydraulic leaks – hoses, connectors, cylinders
  • Test all hydraulic functions
  • Set header floatation
  • Inspect tire pressure/conditions
  • Adjust pitch control setting
  • Check hitch connection

DAILY FINISH CHECKLIST:

  • Clean with leaf blower or compressed air
  • Grease per lubrication chart
  • Check all blades, pins and quick clips
  • Replace broken or missing disc components and blades
  • Reverse or replace dull blades
  • Tighten or replace loose or missing hardware

RAKES

DAILY START CHECKLIST:

  • Check all safety items – highway lights, guards and safety signs
  • Repair hydraulic leaks – hoses, connectors, cylinders
  • Inspect tire pressure/conditions
  • Test all hydraulic functions
  • Check hitch connection

DAILY FINISH CHECKLIST:

  • Grease per lubrication chart
  • Replace missing or bent rake teeth
  • Tighten or replace loose or missing hardware

BALERS

DAILY START CHECKLIST:

  • Check all safety items – fire extinguisher, highway lights, guards and safety signs
  • Adjust baler density setting
  • Check/adjust all drive chains
  • Repair hydraulic leaks – hoses, connectors, cylinders
  • Test all hydraulic functions
  • Replace missing pickup teeth and set, gauge/Haysaver wheels
  • Check twine tension and/or netwrap system
  • Inspect tire pressure/conditions
  • Check hitch connection

DAILY FINISH CHECKLIST:

  • Clean with leaf blower or compressed air
  • Grease per lubrication chart
  • Lube chains per lubrication chart
  • Check all belts, bearings and lacings
  • Check lacing pins
  • Tighten or replace for loose or missing hardware

Learn more about Hay Makin’ best practices like maintenance here or visit Vermeer.com

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