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Prepping your propane equipment before planting

Prepping your propane equipment before planting

Propane-powered pickup trucks, generators, irrigation equipment and forklifts all need to be prepped this spring before planting begins.

Prepping propane equipment after a long winter will be crucial this spring before planting begins. More than 856,000 farms in the U.S. are using propane for running engines, heating buildings, running pumps and to dry and process crops. The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has compiled a list of tips that will help you prep that propane equipment.

Pickup trucks

  • Check all air filter and fluid levels, including oil, antifreeze, and washer fluid. Make certain the air conditioner and both windshield wipers are in good condition.
  • Examine tires for tread wear and proper inflation. Remove snow tires and install all-season radials or summer tires.
  • Leverage better pricing from your local propane dealer.

Generators

  • Perform regular maintenance, such as oil changes, on both standby and portable generators to ensure long-term reliability.
  • Follow the specific instructions outlined in your owner’s manual for maintenance specific to your generator.
  • For new generator installations, choose a qualified, experienced propane installer in your area.

Irrigation equipment

  • Disconnect the engine battery and check battery voltage.
  • Clear away any dirt and debris that have collected on and around the engine. Pay special attention to clutch bellhousings, radiator shrouds, and wire harnesses.
  • Inspect wire harnesses for cracked or exposed wires and make repairs if necessary.
  • Check front drive belts for proper tension and wear.

Forklifts

  • Perform a lube and filter service at least every 1,000 hours or every four months, whichever comes first. Always follow specific service intervals as recommended by your equipment manufacturer.
  • Inspect the fuel system on a regular basis for wear or damage and replace components as needed.
  • Do not modify or repair valves, regulators, or other cylinder or appliance parts. Call your propane retailer or a qualified technician for repair assistance.

Read the full release from PERC (PDF).

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