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Farm Implements – Getting the Basic Knowledge about Them

When we are talking about farm implements, we are referring to the tools used in your farms. These tools can be either mounted to the machineries or pulled by animals. Some of the most common farm implements include harrow (whose function is to pulverize and till the soil), plows (whose function is to make furrows, tile big areas, or inter the row cultivation), or rotavator (whose function is to till and pulverize the soil). There are so many different implements out there. Before buying one, you need to know the basic functions and the perks to enjoy from each of them. After all, these tools can be costly – you don’t want to spend money for nothing.

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The Main Types

Modern farming has made it possible for farmers to manage a wide and big area, even single-handedly. As long as you can use the modern machines and tools, you are good to go. It’s a good thing that developments of modern farming tools and machineries have made it possible for farmers to focus on their field. However, before you spend a fortune for those farm implements, it doesn’t hurt to know what their categories are.

The five main categories are managed in their functions and usage, such as:

  • Soil cultivation implements. The tools are generally used to prepare the soil (and plow it) for cultivation. The most common examples are power harrow parts, drag, spike, mouldboard plows, disk harrows, and tillers. They are also coming in different varieties.
  • Irrigation machinery. As the name suggests, these tools will help the crops stay watered within the appropriate level, especially during summer. It includes pump units or the irrigation central pivot system.
  • Harvesting implements. These tools are designed to collect the crops when they have reached complete maturity. The tools include diggers, pickers, and trailers.
  • Planting machines. They are made to plant seeds and saplings on the land – done after the soil had been prepared and cultivated. They include air seeders, seed drills, broadcast seeders, precision drills, and also transplanting equipment.
  • Miscellaneous agricultural tools. They are generally designed for corollary agricultural actions, like loading, shredding, and hay-making.

Farm Implements Tips

There are several handy tips (in terms of care and safety) for the farm implements. They are:
  • Always read the manual. If you want to be able to operate the implements safely, make sure that you read the manual. Even if you already have a tractor, for instance, it doesn’t mean that the new one would have the same operation as the old one. Don’t be a know-it-all. If you want to have a safe operation, always consult the manual.
  • If you have certain operators to operate the machines, make sure that they have a proper training. It means that they need to have an updated knowledge about the operation and maintenance of the machine. Don’t let anyone who is completely clueless about the machines to operate the machines. Not only it would be dangerous for the operators and the people around the farm, but it will also affect the machines and their performances.
  • Always lubricate the machines. Don’t underestimate the terms ‘tools’ of the machines. Farm implements are still heavy machines that can cost a fortune – or cost a life. That’s why proper maintenance is crucial, and lubricating them can help a lot. Lubricants would reduce the friction, resulting in life expectancy enhancement. Not only you need to lubricate them, but you also need to use the good quality lubricants. Don’t forget to always clean and clear up the mess and dirt before adding the new lubricant.
  • Maintain situational awareness whenever you operate the machines – or whenever you let anyone operate them. Don’t drink alcohol. Make sure that you have enough rest too.

Make sure that you understand what farm implements are and which one you need, so you also know the overall functions and how to care for them.

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