To begin winterizing your sprayer, check your owner’s manual to review any maintenance program suggested. Your warranty can be jeopardized if proper winter care is not given to your farm equipment.
- Winterize your sprayer with RV antifreeze. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
- Consider changing the seals and rollers on your sprayer’s pump after several seasons to improve its performance. Contact an authorized CropCare dealer for parts and technical advice.
- Record repairs needed. Over time, if done annually, you’ll gain valuable insight, enabling you to estimate repair costs and work them into the new year’s budget.
- Give your sprayer and farm equipment a close inspection for dirt or debris, and remove it.
- Clean farm equipment, dry it, and lubricate it. Lubricants used with equipment through the winter should offer the proper viscosity to handle low ambient temperatures.
- Protect any exposed metal parts with a lubricant or rust preventative. Keep your barn or storage area free from moisture as much as possible. Purchase heavy-duty tarps to protect your farm equipment and sprayer from winter conditions if it is stored outside.
- Change the oil and the oil filters. Use the oil recommended by the equipment’s manufacturer.
- Use starting fluid sparingly in tractors or small-engine equipment used through freezing temperatures. Use starting fluid only while cranking the engine.
- Top off the fuel and add a fuel stabilizer if storing your equipment for weeks at a time.
- Disconnect batteries if storing it through winter. Remove any debris. If the top of a battery is covered with damp dirt, it can conduct electricity and drain your battery (even if there are no cables connected).
- Purchase equipment parts and supplies now and stock them. If any need to be replaced in the spring, you’ll have what you need and there will be less downtime.
- Remove electronic controllers from your machine and store in moderate temperatures in a clean and dry location. Most current controllers will retain any programmed memory, however, be sure you record all calibrations before removing the unit.