About : Cold Starting a Tractor

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010

 

Summary:
When cold starting a tractor the glow plugs can be more effective if you turn the tractor over for 2-3 seconds before warming the engine. Once this is done raise the throttle to about half to get more fuel into the engine. This helps pull more fuel into the engine just like choking does on a gas motor and will make starting easier.

Noisey hydrostatics

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010

Summary:
Hydrostatic transmissions often make noise when the hydraulic fluid is cold and stiff. To help things warm up and operate more smoothly simply put the transmission in neutral and press the hydrostatic pedal. This starts the fluids moving (even though the tractor is not). After a few minutes things should be loosened up nicely and operation should be more normal. Using a high quality transmission oil can also make a substantial difference here.

About PTO Brakes

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010

Summary: When starting and stopping a PTO driven implement its always best to slow down the tractor and then engage or disengage. This helps take the shock off the driveline. Its particularly important on tractors that have PTO brakes. Imagine all the inertia that a rotary mower can have when spinning at full speed. Its very hard on a tractors PTO brake if it has to bring this to a stop.

Using Either

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010

Summary: Either is often used to help start engines. Over the years we have learned that its not terribly effective. A good alternative is to crank the engine until if puffs white smoke. Then use your glow plugs and crank again. Repeat until the engine starts. The opinions expressed here are that of the individual and not that of Messick's or the companies we represent. Please consult your owners manual for the most accurate information.

Setting up a PTO Generator

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010

Summary: PTO Generators can be an economical way to power your home in emergency situations. Capacities from 10-100KW all you to power your home, or a the whole street. When hooking up a PTO generator its very important to follow some simple safety steps to avoid a hazardous situation. If not done properly, serious damage or loss of life can occur.

When to remove a loader

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010


Summary: Its usually best to remove the loader from a tractor when doing tasks that don't require it for use or ballast. Doing so has several benefits. It removes weight from the front tires making the tractor easier to steer, makes the tractor lighter reducing ground compaction, and greatly extends tire life when using 4WD. Most modern loader are very easy to remove and some larger machines even have quick attach buckets that can be quickly dropped off the tractor.

Running tractor at half throttle

posted under general-equipment by neilm on 8/4/2010