A lesson in deferred maintenance

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A good friend of mine takes time off in the spring to help recharge his batteries. He works in the accounting field, so the first few months of the year are very stressful as he works with clients to finalize tax documents. And, as been the case in recent years, he hits the road and explores a new part of the U.S.

But he’s also not the best when it comes to maintaining anything with an engine or motor attached. His lawn mowers are often in dire need of repair, and his vehicles often miss regular maintenance.

He learned a very important lesson this year when his car, about 200 miles from home, suddenly decided that it had enough and left him stranded. The problem that it wasn’t just one thing that his car needed…the repair list went on for pages. That’s never a good sign. And most, if not all, of the repairs could be traced back to the simple lack of maintenance.

So instead of a week away he spent his time at the repair shop.

Now, I know that you don’t treat your equipment that way, and you have a regular maintenance schedule. But with planting taking up most, or all, of your time, it’s very easy for those small maintenance items to slip through the cracks. Let too many go on for too long, and you can find yourself stranded. And instead of losing vacation time, you’re losing valuable field time…and that is time that you can never get back.

So, no matter how rushed you are this season, work to ensure maintenance is part of your daily plan.

What’s your spring maintenance program like?


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