To help you through this post-harvest maintenance process, Valley® offers this list of 10 maintenance tips.
4. Tire Pressure - Tires are vital to the operation of irrigation equipment. Be sure to check the pressure and tighten the lug bolts, as well as evaluate the overall tire condition.
6. Energy Efficiency - You can minimize water pumping costs by lowering pressure when possible. To ensure that water is being used efficiently, check the machine's water pressure at the pivot point. For sprinkler packages with pressure regulators, check the line pressure at the last tower.
8. U-Joints - Evaluate the equipment for worn u-joint inserts and ensure driveshaft shields are in place for safety.
9. Electrical Connections - Be sure to power down the equipment before checking any electrical connections. Once the power is off, check for loose connections or loose cord grips in tower boxes.
10. Moving Parts - Steel moving on steel without proper lubrication can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on irrigation equipment. Be sure to grease all moving parts, including the pivot point bearing, towable hubs, corner rollers, and legs.