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Buying new hay or silage equipment? Having maintenance issues? Want to learn equipment tips to increase efficiency? We can help with your equipment decisions.

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Most of us have some piece of machinery we have held on to … sometimes too long. The reasons can be varied: It belonged to Grandpa; it is a collector’s item (if only to you) – or probably the No. 1 reason: It is too expensive to replace it.

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Some days it’s easy to be a hero. I went into a farm shop looking for a hay grower, but he was not in the area that day. One of his employees was losing a battle with a little tire.

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It is so true that a small portable inflator or air compressor is a great tool to have both on the farm and around the house. Even small units are great for inflating tires or toys, and many pack enough punch for some small air tools. The key word here is “some.”

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Small wheel loaders have been an essential piece of equipment on forage-growing operations for many years. Their performance capabilities are ideal for tasks such as filling silage pits, loading silage in carriers to be transported to feedlots, or handling, loading and stacking hay bales.

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A study with four rake types conducted in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin shows about 70 percent of relative forage quality (RFQ) in alfalfa results from leaf percentage. Every time drying alfalfa is moved in the field, leaves are lost and RFQ is reduced.

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Exhaust leaks can be dangerous to the operator but also may rob your truck or equipment of needed power. Because turbo chargers rely on exhaust pressure, leaks between the turbo unit and the exhaust manifold will reduce the performance of a turbo-charged engine.

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