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Farm Equipment Repairing and Parts - Important Terms Defined
Different types of farming and agricultural equipment is used all over the country. As you may know, farmers use this equipment and heavy machinery to till fields, plant crops, and handle large harvests. However, sometimes replacement parts and certain repairs are required. This often involves large tractor engines, backhoe equipment, mowers, and plowing machines. Fortunately the right mechanics can examine farm equipment and machinery in order to determine if repairs or replacement parts are needed. Check out the important terms listed below to learn more about this industry.
Destoner – This is a heavy duty machine that is commonly used to remove stones, rocks, and clods from soil. Many farmers use this machine when harvesting crops in wet conditions. It actually removes stones with web devices that allow dirt, soil, and clay to fall through them.
Subsoiler – Also referred to as a mole plough, this is a device or piece of equipment that is mounted on a tractor. It is essentially utilized to break up or loosen the soil at lower depths than other equipment is able to.
Seed Drill – This is a type of sowing device that is used by many farmers. It positions or places seeds at precise points in the soil, and also covers them so they are ready to grow. This is how crops are planted in neat lines in fields.
Pneumatic Tiller – A machine or piece of equipment that uses air or gas pressured hydraulics in order to operate. This device breaks up soil so that seeds and crops can be planted more easily. It is also known as a type of plow or cultivator.
Haulm Topper – An agricultural machine that is used to cut potato stems. This machine is generally used by farmers before potatoes are harvested.
Farm equipment parts are sold both wholesale and retail. Repairs are generally offered by specialists, although some large farms may handle all of their own repairs.
Parts companies may specialize in specific types of equipment. Some may provide parts and repairs only for tractors, others for combines or other heavy machines. Some may provide parts for vintage and classic tractors for farm machinery.
In some cases, they may also sell parts for smaller equipment, such as ride on lawn mowers, that may be used by private individuals. However, for the most part, they focus only on agricultural machinery. Used parts may be sold, which are generally cheaper, and in some cases the same company may also sell used equipment such as tractors, tillers or backhoes. Tires are, of course, a major area of business and some businesses may specialize in those alone.
Sales of parts direct to the general public generally takes place through agricultural shops. In some cases, parts for smaller machines may be available in garden centers.
Repairs may include inspection and repairs of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. These are fairly specialized, and include such things as tracking down leaks and ensuring appropriate lubrication is used. Engine repairs are also a large area of business. Mechanics generally specialize in heavy machinery and seldom also do cars and small vehicles.
Larger farms may handle their own repairs, especially in basic areas such as oil changes and tire replacement. In these cases, a shop is present on the farm premises. However, they still need to purchase the needed parts and supplies, often direct from a wholesaler.