Maintaining your power take-off engine is an important part of getting the most out of your equipment. Because the nature of the PTO engine is such that it transfers power to a source that doesn’t otherwise have its own power, such as a conveyor belt for harvesting or a baler making sure it’s working at peak capacity can be the difference between running an efficient harvest and working slower and costing money. Here are some things you should know about maintaining your engine driven PTO.
- Thoroughly check your hydraulic power take off before use.
If this is the first time you’ve used this PTO Engine make sure to run it before your initial use. Listen to how it sounds if the drivetrain is making a lot of noise it’s probably not working correctly. Let it run for a time and check the fluid levels. Make sure your power take-off clutch is engaging correctly. A properly installed clutch should not exceed 2% drag on the rated static torque. Lastly, do this 24 to 48 hours before initial use and then check the machine thoroughly again after it’s been used. This will allow you to spot any damage or trouble before it becomes a problem.
- Perform a weekly review.
Regular uses of your equipment will mean its constantly being heated and cooled, and put under pressure regularly. You should schedule weekly maintenance of all engines and equipment to ensure they remain in regular working order. This can also prevent a sudden safety disaster and the potential loss of crops. Performing many of the same processes as the initial set up you will want to check the sound of the engine, the fluid levels and look for damage.
- Think about the long term.
a power take-off is tied to the transmission in most cases. Being aware and vigilant of the transmission can save you struggles in the long run. Regularly replacing fluids and checking the engine for long-term wear is a great place to start.
By taking the time to review your transmission, engine, and power take-off thoroughly will keep your equipment running at top capacity, and will make your work significantly more efficient.