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Irrigation equipment maintenance tips

Preventative Maintenance Tips

Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Irrigation Equipment in Top Shape

 

Drive Train
To maximize the life of your drive train and keep it operating trouble-free, drain water from the gearbox and center drive and make sure the gear lubricant is at the proper level.

Wheel Ruts

Be sure to fill deep wheel tracks during the off-season to reduce stress on irrigation, tillage, and harvest equipment. To help prevent future tracking, consider changing to a different type of tire, adding a floatation device, or modifying the sprinkler package to reduce water application to the wheel tracks.

Motor Contactors 
Damaged motor contactors can reduce the life of the drive unit motor, so be sure to inspect and replace worn contactors.

Tire Pressure
Tires are vital to the operation of irrigation equipment. Be sure to check tire pressure and tighten lug bolts, as well as evaluate the overall tire condition.

Sprinkler Package
Sprinkler packages should be changed at least every 10,000 hours of operation. Regularly check for broken or worn sprinkler components and replace them as necessary. Also consider running a new sprinkler design that could maximize efficiency for soil and crop type.

Energy Efficiency 
You can minimize water pumping costs by lowering pressure when possible. To ensure that water is being used efficiently, check the machine’s water pressure at the pivot point, and for sprinkler packages with pressure regulators check the line pressure at the last tower.

Pivot Alignment & Pipe Flushing
Ensure the tower box micro-switches are set properly. Improper settings can cause pivot misalignment, which results in nuisance shutdowns. Flushing your pipe line and cleaning your sand trap is essential if you have water quality problems or your irrigation water contains sand.

U-joints 
Evaluate the equipment for worn u-joint inserts and ensure driveshaft shields are in place for safety.

Electrical Connections 
Be sure to power down the equipment before checking any electrical connections. Once the power is off, check for loose connections or loose cord grips in tower boxes.

Moving Parts 
Steel moving on steel without proper lubrication can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on irrigation equipment. Be sure to grease all moving parts, including the pivot point bearing, towable hubs, corner rollers, and legs.

Your Local Valley Dealer

Only your local Valley dealer can give you the best advice on when your center pivot and linear equipment needs a tune up. Find your dealer today!