Stop Brake Chatter

By Christina Thomas Time and again, the advantages of wet brakes have been proven, and fortunately most modern tractors are equipped with them.  However, complaints about brake chatter found on agricultural and off-highway equipment continue to tarnish the benefits of...

303 Tractor Fluid: Problems Offset Upfront Savings

Consider less-than-optimal efficiency and long-term equipment damage before buying this outdated product. Despite the fact that John Deere dropped its 303 specification in the 1970s, tractor hydraulic fluid (THF) sold as 303 THF is still on the market and is promoted...

How to Maintain Your Tier 4 Engine

By Jodie Wehrspann and Willie Vogt Tier 4 final standards are the latest round of emission cuts mandated by the EPA. They are designed to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) by50% and particulate matter (PM) by over 90% over the previous round called Tier 3, which will bring...

How To Protect Against Water Damage in Your Tractor’s Pump

Water is essential on all types of farms because all living things need it. But what happens when water gets into your tractor’s hydraulic fluid? It creates a corrosive mixture, eroding piston shoes and other hydraulic pump components, which results in sluggish...

Hands-on Test: 3-in-1 Welders

In May of last year, the welding giant Thermadyne changed its name to Victor Technologies Group, Inc. Since then, the company has launched two new 3-in-1 welders: the Thermal Arc Fabricator 252i and the Fabricator 181i. The products provide farmers with the...