Come rain or shine, farmers rely on their machinery to operate at peak performance at all times – and this is especially true during harvest. With an abundance of crops to harvest and only a short time to do so, every moment counts.
Fear not! There are some essential – but often overlooked – products at your disposal that can help ensure your farm runs smoothly. When your machinery is working harder than ever, the right lubricants offer protection against wear and tear throughout the year, meaning you can maximise productivity and avoid costly downtime.
Lorraine Stewart, Certas Energy’s Marketing Manager for Lubricants, discusses how lubricants can help you to drive efficiency on your farm, while keeping a lid on unplanned costs – so you can truly reap what you sow this harvest season.
Keeping the wheels turning
Productivity is key to ensuring a successful and profitable farm – and this is particularly imperative during harvest season. Farmers need to stay on schedule to maximise crop yields, and limit unplanned downtime.
The right lubricants play an important role in ensuring efficiency. Not only do they provide protection from wear and tear, but the oils and greases prevent deposits of dirt from building up around the engine to avoid machinery breakdowns.
Protecting your investment
With such significant sums invested in machinery, it essential that farmers protect their assets. Premium lubricant products can help to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of equipment, which accounts for both direct and indirect costs of an asset over its lifetime. With the right lubricants, you can be sure that your machinery can power through the long the long days and nights.
Maintain your machinery all year round with reliable supply
Taking a proactive approach to lubricants management can help to ensure your equipment functions better, for longer.
Usage and priorities change and fluctuate with the seasons, but it is important to keep your machinery well-lubricated, even during the quieter periods. This can help to ward off corrosion and other potential problems. Products such as Valvoline Tectyl™ Rust Preventative can help the metal surfaces of your machinery to resist the effects of moisture, salt spray and even corrosives. Other products like anti-freeze can help your tractors to keep ticking along in the winter months.
Maintaining your machinery is important all year round, and it’s just as important to find a partner that can provide a reliable supply of both fuel and fuel-related products. That way, you can access the lubricants you need, when you need them, while also reducing wasted time waiting for replacement stock.
Choose the right products for your farm
Not all lubricants are created equal, and low-quality lubricants can actually cause accelerated degradation of machinery parts, leading to more frequent oil changes and component replacement – and a higher maintenance bill.
Expert guidance is the key to finding the right lubricant for the job. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top lubricants to prioritise for harvest and beyond:
• Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine Oil: blended from selected base stocks and advanced additives, HDDEO provides the ultimate engine protection throughout harvest.
• Transmission Fluids: keep those gears in proper condition all year long with our range of transmission fluids.
• Greases: keep those cogs turning with greases that are specially formulated to provide protection against heavy-load operations.
• Rust preventatives: extend the operational life of all your vehicles and equipment with Valvoline Tectyl™ protective coatings.
Fuel for thought…
During busy periods like the harvest season, it can be difficult to keep on top of the fuel-related products you need. But by being proactive – and with a little help from Certas Energy – you can reap the benefits.
As the UK’s leading independent supplier of lubricants, we have the technical expertise to help you choose the right lubricants for your farm. Better yet, we partner with brands that you know and trust, so you can be sure our products are dependable, effective, and do exactly what they say on the tin.
Want to learn more about how Certas Energy can help you reap what you sow this harvest and beyond?