Combine set-up tips to help avoid harvest headaches and hassles

If you need proof that time flies, consider that wheat harvest is only a few weeks away. That means it’s time to get your combine harvest-ready.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid headaches and hassles during harvest.

  1. Check the condition of the U-joints and ensure that oil levels are adequate throughout the machine. Perform all necessary lubrication and conduct a complete visual inspection of the machine.
  2. Check all chains and belts. If you see any cracking or glazing on belts, replace them. A little time and a few dollars right now are far preferable to a failure when harvest is in full swing.
  3. Verify that you have the correct chaffer and sieves installed. Generally, standard sieves perform better on wheat than do deep tooth sieves.
  4. Temperatures will be rising, so make sure your air conditioning system is ready to handle the heat. Blow out the radiator and condenser and clean all air filters. (This applies to all your equipment from combines to tractors to sprayers.)
  5. While time is getting tight, there’s a good chance you can still get your combine in for an in-shop inspection. There are a number of critical components that you may not be able to see during basic maintenance— like threshing elements, augers, feeder house chain, etc. These components are subject to considerable wear and, if you haven’t had them looked at recently, you may have
  6. We can truck in your combine and return it to you washed and waxed—and with a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

If, despite all your best efforts, you do experience a breakdown during any critical operation, 21st Century Equipment is just a phone call away. Our goal is to dispatch service assistance that same day. We understand the urgency at harvest time—and we’re prepared to respond quickly to get you back in the cab and back in the field.

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