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Tracking the “blood work” on a piece of equipment can save money and increase its value at trade-in.
Protect your investment
Papacek recommends that the oil from farm machinery be tested at least once per season to identify any potential problems. He says that farmers should consider the cost of having a piece of equipment out of service because of a problem that could have been identified earlier.
“Think of an oil sample as doing blood work,” Hendrix says. He adds that there are a lot of things you can find out about a piece of equipment that you would never be aware of otherwise.
While oil-testing experts agree that the analysis can be extremely valuable in maintaining a piece of equipment, the practice has not yet been widely adopted in agriculture. Farmers who do use fluid analysis are responding to two important trends: the equipment is evolving and owners are more focused on protecting their equipment investment.
Farmers should check with their local dealerships for information about oil testing. The cost for a single oil analysis typically ranges from $15 to $30.