When harvest season arrives, farmers are headed in many different directions, and they don’t have a single minute to waste. That’s why preharvest grain bin maintenance is so important.
With no room in the schedule for a breakdown, it’s critical every piece of equipment is in excellent operating condition. GSI advises farmers to take advantage of the lull just before harvest — don’t wait until the combines are rolling.
GSI recommends seven preharvest steps to help growers ensure grain bins are prepped and ready for harvest:
- Examine and clean all of the control boxes and sensors. If any component looks out of order, replace it.
- Inspect all belts for correct tension, and replace any that look worn or problematic.
- Check chains and drives for tension, and lubricate well.
- Remove debris from the dryer, auger, drag and bin — inside and out.
- Lubricate all bearings.
- Ensure safety cages, shields and dump points are secure and in good condition.
- If any components show damage or excessive wear, replace them.
During a busy harvest, any of these could fail — and downtime is something no farmer can afford. When maintaining grain conditioning systems and their components, GSI says to always turn off all power and use appropriate safety practices, including “lockout-tagout” procedures.
Learn more about safety procedures from this grain bin safety checklist.
For more information, contact your local GSI dealer.