As a farmer, you want your tractor to be as productive as possible. A productive tractor allows you to get more work done in a day and can save you money on fuel. But if you’re not happy with your tractor’s performance, don’t rush out to buy a new one just yet. Instead, try out these five ways to improve your tractor’s performance to see if they give your current tractor a boost.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Low pressure will decrease your tires’ grip, stability, and traction, making steering harder and braking slower. This makes your tractor cumbersome to maneuver and can also increase your risk of injury. If you notice your tires look worn down, it may be a sign the pressure is too low, and you need to reinflate them.
It’s recommended you let your tractor idle for 3–5 minutes after starting it to let cooling oil properly circulate. This prevents overheating. But once this warm-up period is over, avoid idling as much as you can. It wastes fuel, burns oil, and can damage your tractor’s engine over time.
Use the GUTD Method
Another way to improve your tractor’s performance is to use the Gear Up, Throttle Down (GUTD) method. This can help you save fuel when you’re pulling less than 70 percent of your tractor’s full power. Using it is simple; just shift your tractor into a higher gear and slow the RPM until you reach your ideal speed.
No, not the tractor itself; rather, a few performance-hampering systems inside of it. Different delete kits allow you to remove the diesel particulate filter (DPF), diesel engine fluid (DEF), and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems. These systems can cause various problems with your tractor, like leaks and part cracking, and lower its speed and power.
Clean Your Fuel Injectors
When your tractor’s fuel injectors are dirty, they won’t combust as effectively. This can reduce the amount of fuel your tractor produces. If your tractor’s performance has taken a sudden dip or you see pitch-black fumes coming from the exhaust, check your injectors for clogs.