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Reinke: Don’t forget your midseason preventative maintenance

Check to make sure each tower is aligned.

It is important to make sure your pivot is operating in tiptop shape no matter what time of the year. Now that preseason preventative maintenance has come and gone, the next step is to identify what you should focus on during midseason.

By following the midseason preventative maintenance checklist, you will be able to ensure your pivot is operating smoothly during the peak of the growing season.

The next time your pivot is parked along the edge of the field or close to a pivot road, take some time to inspect the system’s components and ensure they are functioning properly. Locating a potential problem and taking preventative measures to fix it before additional damage may occur, will save you crucial downtime and costly repairs.

“Finding a flat tire in the middle of a hot maize field can be like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s why I take extra time to inspect my pivots to try and prevent an issue before it may happen.” – Wade Walters, Farmer

Weather precautions

Being exposed to the elements 365 days a year may increase the risk of weather damage to your pivot. Make sure to inspect your system carefully after severe thunderstorms for any structural or electrical damage that may have been caused by lightning, water, or wind. If your system does not run properly and you suspect there is electrical damage, contact your Reinke Dealer immediately. Never tamper with any wiring or electrical components yourself.

Inspect the drivetrain to ensure things are running smoothly during irrigation season.

Midseason quick checklist

• Check system alignment

• Check tire pressure and condition

• Check gearbox lubricant levels

• Grease all fittings

• Verify sprinkler uniformity

“By following the preseason and midseason preventative maintenance checklists, you’ll be able to greatly reduce the risk of system failure and downtime during the critical irrigation period.” – Todd Merryman, Reinke Manufacturing, Manager of Technical Services

Contact your Reinke dealer

If a problem does occur with your irrigation system, it is beneficial to locate the issue early to prevent further damage down the road. Do not hesitate to contact your local Reinke dealer for answers to all your questions.

Reinke dealers are trained and certified service professionals who are equipped with the knowledge needed to troubleshoot and resolve any issue that may occur. Reinke dealers are able to eliminate system downtime by having a selection of genuine Reinke parts on hand to get you up and running as soon as possible.

 Before calling your Reinke dealer, make sure you have the relevant information available to help speed up the service.

“The advantage of using Reinke Genuine Parts for repairs is knowing you are backed by Reinke quality and a warranty.” – Hunter Walls, Walls Irrigation

Information requested by the Reinke dealer:

• Your name

• System serial number or identifier

• System location

• How does the problem affect the system?

• What was the system doing when the problem occurred? (parked, running wet, running dry)

• Is it an intermittent problem?

• Are there any commonalities regarding the problem? (time of day, location in field, high or low temperature and main control panel settings)

• What action, if any, has already been taken to try and remedy the problem?

• What is the level of urgency for getting this system back in service?

• How do you want the system left when the repair is completed? (stopped or running)

“I like to gather as much information beforehand, so I can come prepared with a possible solution before I reach the field.” – Jarrod Watson, South Central Irrigation

Contact Patrick Ellis at +27(0)31-350-4525, or e-mail patrickellis@reinke.com, or visit their website at www.reinke.com for more information.

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