My husband Josh can often be found in the shop during the winter months covered in dirt and grease, laying under some piece of equipment working on it. Everyone involved on our farm has a specialty and I’d say working on equipment, fixing and maintaining it, would be his. He’s definitely not the only one working on these projects, because he for sure wouldn’t be able to get it all done by himself, but 90% of the time I know where I can find him during our off-season.
Maintenance is almost a season in and of itself here on the farm. We do as much of the maintenance as we can do ourselves to save money and time. Some major fixes require a pro because we don’t have all of the tools and knowledge for those bigger projects.
We maintain all of our equipment, grain bin site, augers, semi-trucks, trailers, planters, combines, tractors, tillage equipment, excavator, tile plow, and the list goes on. Winter is the time of year for going through every piece of equipment with a fine-toothed comb and replacing worn or damaged parts before the next season.
We don’t want to have breakdowns in-season because that time is all too valuable. Maintaining equipment in our off-season is integral to our operation running smoothly.