Maintenance Routines of Producers

Equipment maintenance. It’s a job that all producers can relate to, because it’s a job that never takes a break. It doesn’t matter if you’re running only a few tractors or a fleet, equipment needs maintenance.

At, we wanted to get more information into your maintenance habits. Not surprisingly, our survey showed that farmers, family members and employees performed the lion’s share of equipment maintenance. And when you turn your equipment over to others, 55 percent of the respondents went to dealerships, while 45 percent went to local mechanics.

Fluids were maintained/inspected the most frequently, followed by engines, hydraulic systems and belts and hoses. Intervals for engine oil changes were less than 200 hours for 41 percent of the respondents, and 37 percent changed the oil from 200 to 300 hours.

Price was the overwhelming factor when choosing fluids, with 58 percent of the respondents selecting price as the most important factor, followed by dealer recommendations at 52 percent and manufacturer recommendations at 46 percent.

For more information on our survey, please download the “Farm Equipment Maintenance Trends” infographic.