Ever taken a close look at a train, bus, or airline schedule? It’s not at the top of everyone’s reading list, but these timetables are a thing of perfection. Arrivals and departures are carefully orchestrated dances that rely on the utmost of precision.
Working as intended, it’s a thing of beauty. These timetables get you smoothly from point A to point B, no matter how many planes or trains you have to take before you end up at your final destination.
But with anything of precision, there can be complications when things go wrong. One plane that needs unexpected service can throw the entire schedule out of whack. Ask anyone who’s spent a few extra hours (or even a day) in an airport, they can tell you first-hand.
And when you’re on vacation and want to get to your destination, that lost time is something you can’t get back.
So what does this have to do with tractor maintenance? Plenty. Key time periods like harvest and maintenance are much like a train schedule. Everything is orchestrated to run on time, and at specific intervals. Lose a piece of equipment for any amount of time, and it reverberates through your whole system. And that lost time is more than inconvenient…it’s time you can’t get back.
That’s why we will continue to provide you with list, tips, and suggestions on developing a sound maintenance plan and schedule. And while breakdowns are a part of farming, regular maintenance can help ensure those breakdowns are few and far between—because you don’t want to be left standing at the station.
So what do you think are your best maintenance practices?