If you're lucky enough to own a combine, chances are you understand just how important it is. Most farmers know that purchasing a new machine can be incredibly expensive, and they often take great care in ensuring their machines continue working properly.
It's important to know how and when to clean your combine, its concaves, and other parts because if you don't, you may not be able to harvest your crops in time! However, with regular maintenance of your combine machine and combine parts, you can get back on the field during the harvesting season without any delay.
Doing Regular Maintenance Of Your Combine
A combine concave is used for threshing grain or other crops from a field. The machine scoops up, crushes, and separates grain kernels into various containers. But when it comes time for harvest, combine concaves sometimes break or wear out. Whether your concave is missing or bent, it's important to fix it immediately so you can reap what you sow during harvest season. The longer you wait, the more money and food you'll waste by harvesting low-quality crops.
A good practice is to inspect your combine for potential problems or wear early on, so you can catch them before they become major issues. And there's no better time than right now. As autumn quickly approaches, combines get used on the farm more and more, which means your equipment will likely start seeing its fair share of wear and tear as well.
Over time, rocks will break sieves, or you'll find some grains won't make it through those sieves, which will be caught in an opening between them known as a concave. If too much grain gets jammed up in here, you may need to remove it manually.
Pre-Season Combine Concave Maintenance Inspection
Your combine must be functioning as effectively as possible during harvest season. Schedule an appointment with your local combine dealer or manufacturer before harvest begins. If you discover problems before harvest starts, these can often be repaired easily on-site, which will save you time and money. In addition, there are many things you can do yourself to prepare for a successful year of farming. These include: Wiping down all exterior surfaces of your machine with paint thinner; getting into those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies; cleaning nuts and bolts; checking wires for corrosion or damage; tightening anything that looks loose; inspecting belts for wear; and using engine degreaser on all metal parts before storing your machine over winter.
Also, you'll need to make sure that you clean your concaves at least once a year. Cleaning them will be more difficult if you have crops with stubborn stalks, such as corn or alfalfa, or those with long leaves, like soybeans. Also, before every harvest, you'll still have dust and debris in your concaves at some point throughout the season. So, it is very necessary to clean your combine concave even when not in use. Also, regular maintenance means oiling essential parts of your combine, and servicing it more often is also mandatory to keep it running whenever required.