How to Maintain Your Harvester Head
At Quadco, we provide a wide range of high quality Harvester Head products, allowing customers to make the most out of their equipment. While these heads incorporate superior grab-arm strength, power-to-weight ratios, and traction, maintenance is extremely important in contributing to these products’ longevity. Let’s check out some key tasks for owners and operators to complete.
Don’t Exceed RPM Specs
You’ll want to make sure that the operator of your machine never exceeds RPM specs. This precaution is important to take into consideration for a few reasons. Exceeding RPM specs will cause extra wear on rivets, which sets off a chain reaction (quite literally). The chain could experience increased stretching, decreased tension, and accelerated rivet wear.
Although hi-tack, no sling bar, and chain oils are suitable in “normal” situations, they can actually be damaging when operating in sandy soils. This destruction occurs from quicker chain wear. For this reason, it is especially important to use regular motor oil when working with sandy materials.
Rotate Cutting Bar
You should remember to rotate the cutting bar regularly. It is easier to clean out the slash and other materials that have accumulated in the rail and lubrication holes by simply removing the cutting bar during chain replacement. Moreover, you can alternate the bar during each cleaning to smooth the amount of wear on the rails and maximize how long the bar will last. This is guaranteed to make your job a whole lot easier.
Find Leak Origin Point
Leaks are something that every owner and operator dreads dealing with, and, as you know, they need to be dealt with immediately. If fixing a leak is pushed off, it will spread quickly, and the hydraulic oil will eventually ooze into the machine’s electrical components. To avoid an even bigger problem, leaks need to be dealt with as soon as they are found.
Tighten and Preheat
You should train operators to regularly check the harvesting head for any loose bolts or nylon bushing connections (aka: spacer washers). These can be found between delimb arms and the head frame. In order to avoid equipment breakage during the welding process, you should always preheat delimb arms and knife-replacement inserts before installing them. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Keep Grease Fittings and Measurement
Your harvester head or processing head has many grease points that requires frequent greasing to prevent long term damage. This makes it especially important to have extra grease fittings available. We advise to always keep extra grease fittings on deck! We also recommend that the diameter measurement device, length encoder and length measurement be checked regularly to determine accuracy. These may need to be recalibrated on a monthly basis.