Just as innovations such as precision-farming systems have made farmers more efficient, improvements to lubricants ensure that modern-day farm machinery runs smoothly throughout its useful life. Using low-grade lubricants that don’t meet machinery-producer specifications is a sure path to oxidation, wear, water contamination, poor cold weather performance – all which can lead to downtime, expensive repair bills or even premature equipment failure.
To “drive” this point home even further, TractorLife.com invites you to test drive low-grade lubricants against high-performance lubricants with the Hay Baler video game, which provides a virtual experience on a real tractor. You can drive through a course using high-performance fluids and pick up lots of bales efficiently. But when you drive the same course using a lower-quality fluid, you’ll notice you will pick up fewer hay bales due to reduced braking capacity, brake chatter and noise, and reduced steering precision.
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Driving the hay baler is an informative and entertaining experience for sure! But with more low quality fluids popping up on retail shelves every day, how should you choose fluids that will provide your tractors optimal protection? TractorLife.com offers this advice when selecting fluids:
- Check your owner’s manual and look for the OEM credential recommended for your specific tractor. Next, find a high quality fluid that lists that credential on its product label. It can be tricky as some lubricant manufacturers will list false or outdated OEM credentials. So it is a good idea to be armed with a list of the current and obsolete OEM credentials, which are provided below.
Current OEM Credentials
Obsolete OEM Credentials
Further, to help you select fluids you can trust, we launched the TractorLife.com Authenticated mark. Fluids endorsed by this mark meet and often exceed OEM credentials, providing you optimal protection against wear, rust, oxidation, brake chatter, extreme temperatures and, ultimately, premature equipment failure. Find out more now!