Checklist for Post-Harvest Combine Maintenance
1. Consult operators manual for post-harvest maintenance and check point
2. Conduct a quick look over of the machine and develop a to-do list
3. Blow off dirt and debris both on the outside and inside. Do not forget, harvest debris can attract rodents that can chew on wires and other electrical components.
Make sure to blow out radiator and other heat exchangers
Give the inside of the cab a good cleaning, looking over door weather stripping, seats and other in-cab parts. Consider placing something to deter rodents in the cab.
4. Only wash the outside, trying to keep water off bearings and other moving parts.
5. Maybe take time to touch up scratches and worn areas with paint.
6. Open inspection plates and look over components
7. Open concaves and sieves and look over for any issues
8. Check bearings for any corrosion, spun on a shaft, or if they are loose. Replace all questionable bearings.
9. Change oil and filters while lubricating all grease fittings.
10. Check all lights and make sure they are functioning properly.
11. Check cooling system protection level for your climate, replacing coolant if needed. Also, to protect against corrosion, check supplemental coolant additive (SCA) level and add if necessary for your model.
12. Check all augers and conveyors for wear and damage. Suggest quickly replacing needed components as soon as possible.
Check walkers and their bearings for damage, cracks or wear.
The same goes for the rotors while also evaluating alignment and bearings.
Check over the straw chopper and ensure it is balanced properly without excessive vibration.
13. Check and tighten all belts while inspecting for any cracks and dry rot symptoms.
14. Check feeder house chains and elevator chains for proper tightness and wear.
15. Look over the feeder house paneling especially the floor for excessive wear.
16. Check fountain and unloading augers for damage and any wear.
17. Grease all fittings and lubricate chains and other maintenance points outlined in the operator’s manual.
18. Fill with fuel and consider adding a fuel stabilizer for winter storage.
Farmer Bob Stocks lots of the items and parts you could need during the maintenance of your Combine.