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How to Self-Manage Tractor Tillers for Dry Season Farming 

Habgito Nigeria Limited has advised farmers across the country on the need to pamper their tractor tillers even as it educated them on pragmatic strategies…

Habgito Nigeria Limited has advised farmers across the country on the need to pamper their tractor tillers even as it educated them on pragmatic strategies to self-manage tractor tillers for and during the next planting season. 

According to Habgito, “The holiday season is upon us and the demands that come with it are at an all-time high. Beyond shopping for various items, scheduling flights or buses to destinations, spending time and unwinding with friends and family to treating oneself and spending lots of money your tractor tillers require attention too.”

Addressing farmers, the firm said, “While rewarding yourself for a year well spent, it’s also important to maintain control over your farming tools and equipment to avoid “SAPA” next year.”

In its practical guide, Habgito outlined that like all other machinery, tillers need repairs and upkeep. “People assume they must ship these gadgets away or take them to a repair shop for expensive repairs because they can appear difficult. But if you have a little understanding of typical tiller issues, you should be able to handle the work yourself.”

Some of the steps include cleaning the air filter every 200 hours to prevent carburettor malfunction, servicing more often when using the engine in really dusty environments; changing the engine oil every 12 hours, draining the oil after removing the oil filter lid; changing the lubricant and wash the gearbox.

Others regularly clean any sections of the equipment that have mud, grass, or oil stains; inspect each gear and bearing; replace them if they are significantly stressed; you should not attempt to engage the reverse gear while trying to engage the main gear.

It added that the main gear should be in neutral first before engaging to reverse gear to avoid damaged gear teeth; complete maintenance tasks based on all information from routine maintenance; check the engine oil level every four hours of use; if low, add to the normal level (high) indicated on the oil filter lid.

According to the firm, farmers can look at other options on how to relieve the stress on their tillers. “You know like humans, machines need rest, too. Remember the goal is to increase agricultural productivity and maximise profit so an alternative solution would be to purchase more tractor tillers.

“This will help in increasing the life span of the existing tiller and also reduce workload. This also solves the problem of low farm productivity more like using one stone to kill two birds.”

Habgito Nigeria Limited further recommended that farmers should replace parts or purchase spare parts for their tractor tillers.

“If the cost of buying a brand-new tiller is too much for you, an alternative would be to buy in parts.

“That way you can take out the damaged part and replace it with a new part instead of buying the whole equipment. You can also buy spare parts to interchange them when you feel they are overstretched or overused,” he said.

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